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18Nov2013

The Global Solar Market May Be More Mature Than We Thought

Most people consider solar power a new and developing technology. The truth is actually quite different.  The technology allowing us to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity has been around for over one hundred years.  However, the fact that the technical knowledge has existed for a long time does not necessarily mean the market
  • 18 Nov, 2013
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18Nov2013

Solar Power For Transport

The rise of the solar industry and the availability of solar resources have led developers to seek additional applications for power.  Traditionally used for residential and commercial heat or electricity, solar power is now being considered as a potential transport fuel.  Unlike traditional transport fuels, such as petroleum or even natural gas, solar power is
  • 18 Nov, 2013
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31Oct2013

Australia’s Off Grid Potential

Australia’s Off-Grid Solar Potential: Rural and Urban               The growth of residential solar power in Australia is well documented. There are currently 1 million homes, and counting, that have installed solar panels on their rooftops.  However, even after making the “switch to solar,” nearly all of these solar homes are still dependent on the
  • 31 Oct, 2013
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31Oct2013

Solar Output Matches Peak Demand…. Even Better In Australia

Solar Output Matches Peak Demand… Even Better In Australia   All distributed energy sources, such as wind, hydropower, tidal power, and solar, follow a general schedule in their respective power output.  We often hear that wind tends to perform best at night, hydropower is relatively stable, tidal power follows the schedule of the tides, and
  • 31 Oct, 2013
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27Oct2013

Using Hydrogen Atoms To Improve Solar Cells

Using Hydrogen Atoms to Improve Solar Cells   Cost and efficiency have always been two of the most important factors in the development of solar power. Solar PV remains a competitive and growing market, and cost reductions and efficiency improvements are crucial to any firm’s growth.   The Discovery Recently, Australian scientists working at the
  • 27 Oct, 2013
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27Oct2013

Comparing Australia’s Solar Capacity To The Rest Of The World

Comparing Australia’s Solar Capacity to the Rest of the World   Australia is one of the best countries in the world for solar power.  The most obvious reason is the abundant solar resource throughout the country.  A lesser-known fact is that Australia is second to only Germany in total system costs for solar power. In
  • 27 Oct, 2013
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27Oct2013

Looming Price Increases For Solar Panels

Looming Price Increases For Solar Panels   As solar power continues to progress down its learning curve we have experienced consistent reductions in total system costs.  However, this trend is becoming increasingly unstable. In this post we focus on two looming issues – raw material costs and increased demand from new markets – that may
  • 27 Oct, 2013
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15Oct2013

NSW electricity infrastructure

NSW’s electricity infrastructure and its high cost of repair and upgrade. We look into Australia’s electricity distribution infrastructure and how it affects the price of electricity now and into the future. There are a variety of reasons for electricity price increases, many of which do not relate to the wholesale cost of energy. Wholesale energy
  • 15 Oct, 2013
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01Jul2013

Government funding gives fresh energy to manufacturers

Australia’s clean energy industry said a $100 million joint funding deal announced between the Federal Government and the Commonwealth Bank today would help small and medium manufacturing businesses remain competitive in tough economic conditions. Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said the announcement showed that there was a role for government in helping to
  • 1 Jul, 2013
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