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These Australian Scientists Just Set A Solar Efficiency World Record

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations.

The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar concentrator dish at ANU, halving losses and achieving a 97 per cent conversion of sunlight into steam. The breakthrough could lead to the generation of cheaper base-load electricity from renewable energy and help lower carbon emissions which cause global warming.


When Tesla's Powerwall Can Save You Money

Thanks to Natural Solar and the Pfitzner family, we now have real-world usage figures from a solar panel setup and Powerwall combination system. While promising, the announcement was a little light on in details, so we got a hold of the full figures and did a number crunching analysis of the results. So is the setup worth it?


This Aussie Family Pays 59 Cents A Day For Power Thanks To The Tesla Powerwall

The Pfitzner family have received their first quarterly energy bill since Natural Solar installed their Tesla Powerwall and solar system in January 2016, with the price for their power plummeting from $660, to a mere $40.46 in energy charges.

That’s a payback period of an extraordinary 6-7 years on the system.


New South Wales Is Coming Last In The Renewable Energy Race

Just 6 per cent of New South Wales is using renewable electricity. By contrast, Tasmania is on 95 per cent (but with good reason) and fellow mainlander South Australia is sitting at 40 per cent.

And with just $1.4m set aside in the budget to foster the renewable energy sector, the New South Wales doesn’t seem to be keen to lift its ranking among the states from dead last to anything better.


Tesla Is About To Buy SolarCity, Another High-Tech Musk Company

Elon Musk is on the brink of acquiring the the next critical component in a solar-electric transportation future. Tesla Motors just made an offer to buy SolarCity, one of the largest solar providers in the US — a company not coincidentally founded by Musk’s cousins, which Musk holds a large stake in already.


New York Company Tests Solar-Powered Plane In Quest To Bring Internet To The World

Those black wings aren’t just for show. This manned, prototype aircraft utilised solar panels to keep itself afloat for around 20 minutes on Friday.


This Is What Australia's Answer To Home Battery Storage Looks Like

Aussie company Redflow announced its innovative zinc-bromine ZCell battery earlier this year, and tomorrow it’s getting its first public debut at the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition in Sydney. The enclosure for the 10kWh home energy storage system has just been revealed, designed to be easy to install with failsafes against battery fluid leakage.


New Solar Cell Turns Light Into Heat To Potentially Double Efficiency 

There’s a annoying theoretical limit on the efficiency of solar cells that limits the amount of electricity they can create from sunlight. But now a team of MIT engineers has developed a system that overcomes the problem by first converting light to heat — and it could double the efficiency of solar cells.


Australian Researchers Develop The World's Most Efficient Solar Panels

Most commercially available solar panels only are able to convert between 15 and 22 per cent of the sunlight they’re exposed to into electricity. As part of an ongoing effort to improve the efficiency of increasingly important solar technology, a team from UNSW has created a solar cell module that boasts a world record efficiency rate of 34.5%.


Solar Impulse Has Made It To Tulsa

Solar Impulse has chalked up another 1600km in its bid to circumnavigate the globe. The all-electric solar-powered aeroplane successfully flew from Phoenix to Tulsa, landing in the dead of night.


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