A virtual conference will be held at a solar energy research lab in the NSW Hunter Valley on Monday to showcase the work of a team of researchers in the field.
Key points:A Virtual Conference will be hosted at a Solar Energy Research Lab in the Hunter Valley in 2018The lab will host a virtual conference on ‘The science behind solar energy’The conference is a collaborative effort between the Australian National University and the Australian Solar Energy Institute.
The conference will focus on the use of data to develop better solar energy products, particularly for the mining and processing of copper and cobalt.
The lab’s research director, Dr Andrew McArthur, said the conference would showcase the research in progress.
“It’s going to be an opportunity to see what we’ve been doing in our labs and hopefully show the world the work that’s been done, which is incredibly exciting,” he said.
“We have a lot of people working at the lab right now and we’ll have a bunch of new people coming in from the mining sector and mining operations.”
Dr McArthur said he hoped to attract the interest of companies in the area as the lab’s researchers worked on the new technology.
“The mining industry has been very interested in developing this technology and the industry is very interested to see the technology being applied to the mine that it’s mined on,” he explained.
“So it’s a fantastic opportunity for the industry to come in and see what the technology is.”
Solar energy lab aims to create ‘smart’ panelsSolar energy, as well as other renewable energies, can help meet Australia’s electricity needs.
In 2019, the state-funded National Renewable Energy Agency (NERA) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) launched the Solar Power of the Future (SPF) project, which aims to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy.
This research project, known as the Solar Projection Facility (SPFs), has produced the largest solar energy battery ever made in Australia.
But the project’s success has come at a cost.
The battery’s batteries use a technology called photovoltaic solar cells, which are far more expensive than the more common silicon solar cells.
While they offer the same range of energy as the silicon solar panels, they are extremely expensive to manufacture.
The National Renewed Energy Agency and SEIA hope to develop photoviolence technology, which will reduce the cost of the batteries by up to 30 per cent.
The NSW Solar Energy Lab’s project director, David Smith, said it was vital to understand the technology’s limitations before developing photovolence products.
“To be honest, we’re still learning how the technology works,” he told AAP.
“What we’re learning is we can actually generate more power with the technology than with the silicon panels.”
For example, you can have the silicon panel generate more electricity with a photovoleum than with a silicon panel.
“The lab has also developed an “improved” solar cell, which can capture and store sunlight.
The solar energy project has also attracted funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other research organisations.
The Solar Power and Sustainable Energy Technology (SPTES) project aims to develop solar energy solutions that would power Australia’s electrical grid.
The ARC funded the Solar Powered Power project, as part of its Renewable Infrastructure program.
The program also funded a solar panel project by Solar Energy Australia.”
When we’ve got a solution that we think will provide a significant reduction in the cost, that’s something that’s going be very attractive to companies and individuals,” Mr Smith said.
The project has been in development for some time, and Mr Smith hopes the solar energy technology will become commercially viable within the next 10 years.
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