Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Australia Boosts Energy Security With New Solar Batteries

Solar power is the switch of sunlight into electrical energy, either directly using photovoltaics, or indirectly using concentrated solar power. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

Almost all of Australia's solar energy comes from the roofs of private homes. There's no shortage of sunlight, but to develop solar power, a storage solution is needed.

Vast solar power plants may be usual in Germany, but in Australia the turn to renewable energy has largely taken place on an entity basis. More than one million Australian homes now have solar panels, but how to store that energy for when it's needed is emerging as the next challenge.

Australia's recently elected alliance government has wasted no time in taking measures to halt the expansion of renewable energy. It has passed legislation to repeal the previous government's carbon price mechanism, closed the Climate Change Commission and slashed funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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