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More funding to boost Australia’s solar technology

02 Apr 2012

The Australian Government’s institute for solar innovation has announced close to A$12 million in funding to bolster developments in solar technology.

The Australian Solar Institute’s (ASI) third annual funding round, announced last week, will support research and innovation across a diverse range solar technology projects with a particular focus on solar power.

Amongst those projects to receive grants are the CSIRO’s solar hybrid fuels initiative (A$1.6 million), and collaboration between BlueScope Steel Limited and German researchers (A$0.5 million).

A total of A$2.3 million has been committed to projects of the successful Australia-Germany Collaborative Solar Research and Development Program to accelerate the commercialisation of solar technologies.

Australia’s Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, said the latest round of ASI funding would build on the significant solar technology advances made by Australian researchers to date.

“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," Minister Ferguson said.