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Renewable energy

Solar photovoltaics

Renewable energy commercialisation in Australia

Photovoltaic (PV) technology relates to the use of solar cells that convert solar energy directly into electricity. Typically, solar cells operate by using sunlight falling on a semi-conductor to produce an electric current. From their early application in satellites and space vehicles, solar photovoltaics are now used in a wide range of applications, from telecommunications and remote area power generation, to grid-connected building integrated systems in major cities. Worldwide, manufacturers of PV cells are seeking to move the technology into mainstream applications such as domestic rooftop systems by increasing the efficiency and reducing the cost.

Innovative applications of solar photovoltaic technology being developed in Australia include the use of concentrating systems to focus the solar energy on to a smaller area of higher efficiency cells and the use of building integrated photovoltaics, where the PV cells perform architectural or structural functions as well as power generation, thereby offsetting some of the cost.

Solar power station

Projects

  1. Photovoltaic trough concentration system
  2. Commercial solar concentrator systems (for electricity and hot water)
  3. Efficiency improvements in commercial multicrystalline solar cells
  4. Solar Kogarah-developing and commercialising sustainable energy technology
  5. CitiPower's 100 Rooftops photovoltaic program
  6. Full commercialisation of Plug&PowerTM
  7. Deployment of Australian thin-film photovoltaic technology
  8. Solar photovoltaic systems in Northern Territory remote power stations
  9. A 220kW solar power station for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands
  10. Building integrated solar power in a Brisbane high rise
  11. Australian photovoltaic solar roof tile
  12. Establishment of the titania solar tiles and wall panels manufacturing facility
  13. Development of a solar wall building-integrated photovoltaic demonstration system
  14. Solar Sailor-a catamaran powered by dual renewable energy
  15. Queen Victoria Market urban integrated photovoltaics

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  1. Photovoltaic trough concentration system as PDF
  2. Commercial solar concentrator systems (for electricity and hot water) as PDF
  3. Efficiency improvements in commercial multicrystalline solar cells as PDF
  4. Solar Kogarah-developing and commercialising sustainable energy technology as PDF
  5. CitiPower's 100 Rooftops photovoltaic program as PDF
  6. Full commercialisation of Plug&PowerTM as PDF
  7. Deployment of Australian thin-film photovoltaic technology as PDF
  8. Solar photovoltaic systems in Northern Territory remote power stations as PDF
  9. A 220kW solar power station for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands as PDF
  10. Building integrated solar power in a Brisbane high rise as PDF
  11. Australian photovoltaic solar roof tile as PDF
  12. Establishment of the titania solar tiles and wall panels manufacturing facility as PDF
  13. Development of a solar wall building-integrated photovoltaic demonstration system as PDF
  14. Solar Sailor-a catamaran powered by dual renewable energy as PDF
  15. Queen Victoria Market urban integrated photovoltaics as PDF

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