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Australian solar cell research has received a $29.2 million boost from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and UNSW captured the lion’s share with 11 of the 22 projects.

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They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record.

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UNSW has welcomed the decision to spare ARENA from dramatic funding cuts, allowing the agency to continue to support critical Australian research into new renewable energy and storage technologies.

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Despite a $500 million cut, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has survived and can still help drive the renewable energy revolution, write Andrew Blakers and Richard Corkish.

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More than 180 solar energy researchers have written an open letter in defence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which has funded world-leading research.

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Leading scientists have called on both major political parties not to ‘unintentionally kill’ solar cell research in Australia by cutting off grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.​

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Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record.

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Solar engineers from UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics have set a new world-record in solar energy efficiency, achieving an electricity conversion rate of over 40%. 

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Photovoltaic researchers at UNSW have secured more than $7 million from the first round of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's Research and Development Program.

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US President Barack Obama has outlined plans to enhance collaboration between Australian and US photovoltaics researchers following bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.