Posts By Richard Chirgwin On SolarQuotes

About Richard Chirgwin

Joining the SolarQuotes blog team in 2019, Richard is a journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of technology topics, including electronics, telecommunications, computing, science and solar. When not writing for us, he runs a solar-powered off-grid eco-resort in NSW’s blue mountains. Read Richard's full bio.

“Hazelnut chocolate” Design Improves Solid-State Batteries

The world is flooded with stories about lithium battery fires (more frequently in consumer gadgets than in electric vehicles), putting a premium on battery safety research. [Read more…]

Tritium Chargers Getting Simpler: No Card-Tap Needed

Brisbane-based charger manufacturer Tritium is taking the tap-to-pay step out of electric vehicle charging, with a Plug and Charge feature called Autocharge. [Read more…]

Another Solar Efficiency Record for LONGi

scientist looking into microscope

Less than two months after setting a 33.9% efficiency record for crystalline silicon-perovskite (CSP) tandem cells, LONGi is back with another record claim. [Read more…]

Trina’s Plan: Bring Two Million Solar Panels To Australia In 3 Years

trina solar panels on a roof down under

Trina solar panels installed by Clean Earth Solar.

Trina Solar has beefed up its channel arrangement with Aussie distributor Solar Juice, with the two outfits signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to bring 1GW of Trina’s Vertex modules into Australia over three years. [Read more…]

Queensland’s 2024 Battery Rebates Could Give 5 Year Battery Payback

two powerwalls on a wall

A pair of Powerwalls in Toowoomba, QLD. (Installation Credit: Green Solar)

Update 12 Feb 2024: The Queensland Battery Rebate is live.

Update 24 Apr 2024: The Battery Booster Program will end at 11:59 pm on 8 May 2024.

With the resignation of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk providing a first-rate distraction, Queensland last week joined the ranks of Australian states supporting home solar battery storage with a rebate program. [Read more…]

Victoria Proposes 3.3 Cent Minimum Feed In Tariff

Victorians with solar power will get less for their exports if a draft determination by the Essential Services Commission goes ahead: the commission wants to cut another 33 per cent off the state’s feed-in tariff by July 2024. [Read more…]

Breaking the $140 Barrier: BNEF Reports Record Low Battery Prices

Battery prices have begun falling again after rising during 2022, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). [Read more…]

Northvolt’s Revolutionary Sodium-Ion Battery Packs Serious Punch

northvolt sodium-ion battery cell

Sweden’s Northvolt is touting a specific energy of 160 watt-hours per kilogram for its newly announced sodium-ion battery cell. [Read more…]

LG Battery Recall: 6000 Batteries Yet To Be Located

burnt out lg resu battery

LG’s battery recall saga rolls on, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recommending to Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones that he issue a national product safety notice for the solar storage units. [Read more…]

LONGi Claims 33.9% Solar Cell Efficiency Record

longi people celebrating

It doesn’t quite rate a “record tumbles” headline, but LONGi has added a couple of extra points to solar cell efficiency: its crystalline silicon-perovskite (CSP) tandem cells have set a world record efficiency of 33.9 percent. [Read more…]

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