New Solar Research Laboratory Announced for Australian National University
The Hon Martin Ferguson, Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism today launched the new solar laboratory. The Federal Government, through the Australian Solar Institute, provided a foundation grant of $5 million to extend the laboratories at ANU and to buy state-ofâ€“the-art process and characterisation equipment.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said that the new facilities will complement, and substantially extend, the current sophisticated solar research facilities at ANU.
â€œANU has a proud record of innovation in sustainable energy systems and the new ASI Laboratory will add to that,â€ said Professor Chubb.
â€œThe facility is unique in the southern hemisphere, providing world-class research facilities for ANU academics and other world-leading scholars, as well as industry.
â€œOver the next five years the labs will support an estimated $30 million worth of new research projects, and significantly enhance the 20 solar research and development contracts ANU already has with commercial and government partners.
â€œWe thank the Minister, Martin Ferguson, for the Commonwealthâ€™s continued commitment to solar research,â€ said Professor Chubb.
Professor Andrew Blakers, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the funding will make a major difference to the scale and quality of Australian solar research.
â€œSolar energy resources are vast and indefinitely sustainable, and the new facilities will support research programs aimed at harnessing solar energy for a sustainable future,â€ he said.
â€œThe upgraded facilities include chemical waterjet and UV lasers for drilling, dicing, grooving and doping solar materials. These capabilities are unmatched elsewhere in Australia and will lead to increased investment in the Universityâ€™s flagship technologies.
â€œThe ASI funding will ensure that the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems continues its world-class research and the provision of solar energy education,â€ said Professor Blakers."solar university", australian solar, College, development contracts, energy system, government partners, harnessing solar energy, international solar research, solar energy education, solar energy resources, solar institute, solar investments, solar laboratory, solar research, solar thermal, sustainable, sustainable energy, sustainable energy systems, sustainable future
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