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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Australian National University

    Location

    Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

    ARENA Program

    Solar Research Excellence

  • Start Date

    July 2014

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    UNSW Australia, Tindo Solar, Sunpulse K. K., PV Lighthouse, PV LAB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, Brisbane Materials Technology Pty Ltd
    This solar project was completed on 4 July 2018.

Summary

The Solar Panels for the Australian Environment recognises that designing a PV module for Australian conditions is a complex and difficult engineering task, requiring modification of almost all module components.

Need

The Solar Panels for the Australian Environment project by the ANU recognises that Photovoltaic (PV) modules are not optimised to operate in Australia. Significant improvements in energy yield and module failure rates can be made over installations’ lifetimes by tailoring module designs for Australia’s unique and demanding conditions.

Australian conditions are in many ways ideal for photovoltaics, with high exposure to energy from the sun and sites with low rainfall and cloud cover. However these conditions are also incredibly harsh with high UV and high temperatures presenting unique design challenges.

Project innovation

Designing a PV module for Australian conditions is a complex and difficult engineering task, requiring modification of almost all module components.

ANU and Tindo Solar are developing a new product named PV-MATE to optimise photovoltaic module designs and maximise energy production, while improving durability under Australia’s demanding environmental conditions.

PV-MATE will be an optimised design which incorporates UV-proofing with enhanced heat shedding.

Last updated
18 November 2020

Benefit

The improved design will lead to:

  • greater cost effectiveness of PV in Australia
  • a better understanding of PV module degradation in Australian conditions
  • more competitiveness for locally manufactured PV modules.
Last updated 18 November 2020
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