Two funding wins for Australian battery production

Two groups progressing to manufacture modern batteries and systems in Australia have received government funding boosts. Queensland battery system manufacturer RedEarth has received a $5 million investment from the $80 million Queensland Government Business Development fund. The investment, which matches 4.75 million raised from investors, will boost production of the company’s residential and commercial scale…

Adelaide’s virtual power plant takes shape

The South Australian Government’s plan to create the world’s biggest virtual power plant (VPP) using solar PV and Tesla batteries has reached a milestone with 1,100 homes connected. The government plans to connect 50,000 homes together which would act as a single generating unit, cutting energy rices, increasing grid stability and contributing to its goal…

UNSW PV technology commercialised overseas – yet again

Analysis by Peter Roberts Another day, another example of world-leading science commercialised overseas. The term world-leading is over-used by over-zealous Australians, but it is no exaggeration in describing the contribution by the University of New South Wales’s Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics towards the global uptake of PV solar cells. The Centre, led by Professor Martin…

Solar energy export a manufacturing opportunity

Two northern Australian mega-projects to turn solar energy onto fuels exportable to our Asian neighbours have taken steps towards reality, opening up new manufacturing opportunities. The Guardian today reported a series of low-key events held in the Northern Territory three weeks ago by those behind a $20 billion venture to generate solar electricity and export…