Aussie Technology Promises To Make Solar Panels More Efficient

New solar energy technology has been demonstrated at the University of New South Wales. Developed in Sydney, the first ever silicon solar cell production will commence at the university with the help of funds granted from the Federal Government.

This technology is expected to have a positive impact on the local industry and help to renew it after the closure of the largest factory producing solar panels in the area (BP Solar).

With most of the current technology, there is the problem of shorter wavelengths which are reflected back by the phosphate ducting inside the panel. The new technology helps to optimise these ducts, allowing the panel to absorb more light while keeping the costs of production the same.

Early next year, a new facility will open at the university which will help to apply the research already completed to the production of this new technology in a real life factory situation. This pilot-plant facility will also demonstrate what the technology is capable of and help to train staff in the industry to better deploy the equipment.

In addition to this, a major manufacturer of solar panels in Germany, has decided to aid the university in its first venture into the region. Also committed to the scheme is the government of New South Wales, who intend to help promote the renewable energy industry to the public of Australia by lowering prices thus allowing the industry to grow and making a greener future.

Currently, barely point one of a percent of Australia’s households use solar panels for energy.


About Finn Peacock

I'm a Chartered Electrical Engineer, Solar and Energy Efficiency nut, dad, and founder of My last "real job" was working for the CSIRO in their renewable energy division.

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