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What climate change?

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

The NASA image above reveals a rather worrying 177 kilometre crack in the Antarctica ice shelf which, when it splits, will form the world’s largest ever iceberg. The inevitable impact on sea levels across the globe is described as “a catastrophe that we can witness unfolding but are utterly powerless to stop”. Given global warming…

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ARENA’s perfect score: 12 from 12 in Large Scale Solar

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

Well done Australia – or ARENA, more precisely – which this week marked a milestone: the domestic large-scale solar industry has grown from zero to more than 20 plants in just five years. Importantly, each of the 12 large-scale solar plants supported by ARENA in its ground-breaking solar competitive round will now become a reality,…

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CEFC’s large-scale solar scorecard

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced finance for its tenth project through its Large-Scale Solar Program, bringing its total program investment commitments to more than $370 million, accelerating projects with a total estimated project value of $900 million and a total generating capacity of more than 400 MW (AC).  The CEFC’s commitment of $60…

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Market momentum

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

We read with interest the monthly market reports produced by Green Energy Markets, and the good news is the momentum for PV installation continues. Although STC creation was 20 per cent lower in April than the strong levels seen over March, on a per working day basis – just 17 days in April 17 versus…

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API appoints Redback founder to board

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

Renewable energy business Redback Technologies’ Managing Director Phil Livingston has joined as the newest member of the Australian Power Institute Board of Directors. With its mission to provide quality engineering graduates to the energy industry, API is looking to Redback to reinvigorate its initiatives and encourage new energy innovations within its remit. Redback Technologies’ focus…

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Trina sets new cell efficiency record

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

Trina Solar has clocked up a new milestone: a new efficiency record of 24.13% for an IBC mono-crystalline silicon solar cell. The new record follows a series of advancements from collaborations, many of which involve the Australian National University. Back in February 2014 Trina Solar and ANU jointly announced a world record aperture efficiency of…

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Solar Energy 2017 conference presentations

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

Those who were unable to attend this year’s Solar and Storage Conference held in early May in Melbourne can now access all the presentations to gain up-to-date material on all aspects of the industry. The conference was delivered through three streams: Applied Energy Storage, Policy and Marketing, and Professional Development, with the 150 speakers covering…

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Monash University seeks industry partners

By Brett Thompson | May 19, 2017

A range of government funds is available for small/medium enterprises (SMEs) to carry out R&D/engineering design projects in collaboration with the Monash University advanced power electronics lab. The funds – which typically contribute 50 per cent of the project budget – are to support SMEs to grow and solve their technical problems and help them design…

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