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Young scientists could be key to a solar-friendly future

6th Jul 2012

The children who are fascinated by science today will have an important role to play in the field of Australian innovation in the years to come - including the development of more efficient solar technology, advances in medicine and environmental insight.

This, according to science and research minister Chris Evans, is why it is important to encourage Australia's young people to consider studying science and maths at university.

"The future of Australia's world-class reputation in science depends on finding opportunities to spark the interest of this new generation," said Evans.

"Our young scientists could one day help perfect the use of solar energy, cure diseases or even find ways to help protect our communities."

He made his remarks as he encouraged primary school-aged children right across the country to make science project report submissions for the Young Scientists of the Year Award, which this year, is based on the theme of Energy and the Environment.

A team of NATA scientists will evaluate the entries, presenting cash prizes and school donations to the winners in each age group.

This news follows Wednesday's (July 4) announcement of a $2.3 million grant, which will support research into a new building-integrated photovoltaic solar panel system being developed by BlueScope Steel.

The new development could see rooftop solar panels installed as part of Australian steel roofing and inverter systems - and would allow new buildings to adopt this technology in a single installation.

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