solar energy

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UNSW is mourning the passing of Professor Stuart Wenham, director of the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, and a pioneering researcher and inventor of solar cell technologies.

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In the first deal of its kind in the world university sector, UNSW has reached an agreement with Maoneng Australia and Origin Energy to have 100% of its energy supplied by photovoltaic solar energy.

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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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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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Solar energy, particularly rooftop photovoltaic power, is now a real alternative and considerable player in the power markets, writes Bernhard Mitchell.

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Australia's total energy needs could be met by solar panels covering a land mass equal to two per cent of Tasmania, according to a UNSW scientist.