The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has revealed details of nine research and development (R&D) projects to be supported through its latest industry-researcher collaboration R&D funding round, which will includeÂ storage, bio fuels, wave power, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the funding would create clear pathways for renewable energy technologies to move from the laboratory to field by fostering collaboration between research institutions and industry.
“Each successful project isÂ focusedÂ on delivering commercially viable solutions, aimed at solving a current industryÂ challenges.Â The rich array of industry partners shows the breadth of sectors that will be involved in the transformation of Australiaâ€™s energy networks and systems.Â Research institutions will join the resources, agriculture, finance and property development industries to deliver the projects alongside utilities, power companies and renewable energy businesses.Â ARENAâ€™s $17 million funding is leveraging substantial contributions from private and public sectors, with combined project valuesÂ totalingÂ more than $54 million. This will tap into our home-grown ingenuity and complement our existing po rtfolio of 144 R&D projects,â€ he said.
Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt, Western Australia Minister for Energy Mike Nahan, LandCorp CEO Frank Marra and Curtin University Professor of Sustainability Peter Newman joined ARENA in Perth to mark the occasion.
The Australian National University is leading three projects, including a system to estimate the power produced by all the rooftop solar PV in a given area. Another will look at how robots could capture data for solar installation diagnostics.
Originally from Energy Digital