Australia’s solar industry has been booming over the past few years, with the number of rooftop installations growing by almost 50 per cent since 2014.
But while the sector is thriving, it’s been plagued by problems.
One of the biggest is the lack of the right technology to deliver power reliably.
Now, research by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the University of Queensland shows how one new technology could fix that.
The research, published in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, was done using the most advanced solar battery technology available, the Tesla Roadster, which is capable of producing 5.8 terawatt hours of power.
The researchers used a new type of solar cell known as a solar absorber to produce 5.1 terawatts of energy, which equates to a 3.7 per cent increase in the energy output per kilowatt hour.
The study also found that, if you factor in the benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, that translates into an extra $3 billion in additional energy generated in the Australian solar industry.
It’s worth noting that the Tesla battery is not the only technology being researched in the field of energy efficiency and climate change.
Other research has shown that solar panels can be used to help reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per, per cent, and that the efficiency of solar cells is much better than that of conventional panels.
ARENA chief executive Michael Kirby said that while the Tesla technology was promising, it needed to be developed further and more efficiently.
He said that the study was a “significant step forward in understanding how solar cells can help Australians meet energy demand”.
“The technology is exciting, but it is not ready for commercial use,” he said.
“The real challenge is how it will be commercialised.”
In the US, Tesla has also been working on a solar panel that can produce 3.2 terawats of energy per kilogram of body weight.
But as the company has said, the technology is still a “years away” and it’s unclear when the technology will be commercially viable.
But that hasn’t stopped the Tesla team from continuing to push forward with its research and developing new solar panels.
Tesla has previously said that it plans to introduce a cheaper version of the Roadster in 2021.
If successful, it could lead to the development of new types of solar panels that are more efficient and less prone to degradation.
The future of solar energy in Australia The research comes as solar energy is set to become a bigger and bigger part of the Australian energy mix.
The Australian Energy Market Operator is now forecasting that by 2035, the nation’s total installed solar capacity will grow by 10 per cent per year.
That would be up from the 6 per cent rate of growth it has seen since 2014 and would make solar energy a growing part of Australia’s electricity mix.
However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a huge amount of new solar technology being developed.
The technology currently under development is only one part of a complex solar energy system that includes photovolsms, photovolts, and photovulses.
It is estimated that up to 1.8 million megawatts of new PV capacity will be installed in Australia in 2035.