Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Minister Chris Bowen accompanied the Indian delegation as they explored the latest developments in solar energy research. 

Professor Renate Egan shows Minister Chris Bowen and Matt Thistlethwaite equipment in the Solar Industrial Research Facility at UNSW.

With solar a big part of our energy future, researchers driving Australia’s international lead in solar technology welcome funding.

Martin Green Japan Prize

UNSW Sydney solar expert Martin Green has been honoured with the Japan Prize for transforming the photovoltaics industry.

A sample of some of the perovskite cells used in the experiment

Light-weight, cheap and ultra-thin perovskite crystals have promised to shake-up renewable energy for some time. Research led by Professor Anita Ho-Baillie means they are ready to take the next steps towards commercialisation.

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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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A UNSW engineer who helped energise "lazy" hydrogen to increase the efficiency of the solar cell has won a prestigious Green Talents award and a three-month research placement in Germany.

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Australia can capture a “fair share” of the US$2.5 trillion in forecast global investment in renewables, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said on a visit to UNSW’s solar energy research facilities.

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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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‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make.