Australia to invest $12 million in solar power technology projects

The Australian government is investing close to $12 million in 10 solar power technology projects to help grow the country's renewable energy base, the Ministry for Resources and Energy announced recently.

The home-grown solar research projects will be funded by the Australian Solar Institute’s (ASI) Round 3 grants program.

""From a CSIRO project looking at how to reduce peak electricity grid demand by "turning on" a guaranteed solar driven air conditioner rather than a conventional air conditioner, to a trial by Chromasun Pty Ltd of an advanced rooftop product to simultaneously provide electricity and hot water, the projects reflect Australia’s excellent track record in developing game-changing solar technology," said Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, AM MP.

An earlier recipient of the grant is Silanna Semiconductor Pty Ltd in Sydney, which manufacture medical devices and defense equipment, but with the support of ASI is now applying that know-how in the solar industry.

Minister Ferguson also announced the awarding of 11 new scholarships to PhD students and seven Postdoctoral Fellowships to help grow skills and capacity in the Australian solar sector.

“ASI is providing PhD Scholarships of up to $40,000 per annum for three years and Postdoctoral Fellowships of up to three years’ salary to successful recipients," he said. "Through this funding, we are unlocking the potential of some of the world’s best, early career solar researchers and continuing to support Australia’s solar research capacity into the future.”