Tracking Solar Research 2009-11
EcoGeneration tracks several of the major solar research projects initiated in Australia during 2009-11 to capitalise on the country’s world-class solar resource, as well as important international solar research developments.
Solar research has become an area of focus in many developed nations in recent years. Australia is not an exception, with research institutions and successive federal governments investing billions of dollars in solar research.
Several organisations have flourished in the solar research space, including the Australian Solar Institute, the University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.
On the role that solar can play in Australia’s future energy mix, Dr Kylie Catchpole – an Australian Research Council Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian National University – says: “Solar energy has a massive potential in Australia. We are the only developed country with such huge solar resources… We could easily support all our energy supply needs with solar, many times over.”
This report tracks several of the major solar research projects that have been initiated in Australia between 2009 and 2011 to capitalise on the country’s world-class solar resource, as well as a number of important international solar research developments.