Australian solar cell research has received a $29.2million boost from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, with University of New South Wales capturing the lion’s share with 11 of the 22 projects.
‘‘Australia is at the forefront of solar photovoltaics technology development — our researchers regularly break world records,’’ Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said.
‘‘This funding will see that we continue to increase our skills, capacity and knowledge, as we seek to deliver more affordable and reliable power, while transitioning to a lower emissions future,’’ he said.
‘‘It could lead to several breakthroughs, ranging from the development of printable solar cells that can be easily rolled up and transported, to the integration of semi-transparent solar cells into windows.’’
UNSW, whose solar energy researchers have held world records for photovoltaics efficiency for 30 of the past 34 years, scooped $16.43million with its 11 projects.
Its research partner in the UNSW-based Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, the Australian National University, snapped up $7.89million for six projects, followed by the CSIRO with $3.31million and Monash University with $1.59million.
‘‘At UNSW we are proud to have a long history of world-leading solar innovations dating back to the 1970s,’’ Dean of Science at UNSW Emma Johnston said.
‘‘But research is only one part of the puzzle. Equally as important is translating these world leading ideas into commercially viable products,’’ she said.