Thermoradiative diode

Solar power after dark

A research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has discovered how to harness “night-time” solar power. The team, from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, made the breakthrough by using a semi-conductor device called a thermoradiative diode to generate electricity from the emission of infrared light. The results of the study […]

Solar standard
Legislation updates

Standards Australia gives support to solar

Standards Australia has revised the standard AS/NZS 5033:2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays to support the growing solar panel industry. According to Standards Australia, almost four million solar photo-voltaic (PV) panel systems have been installed across Australia in the past 20 years, which has seen a dramatic reduction in overall costs. Solar […]

Events and conferences

Solar expert coming to Canberra

Daniel Mugnier, chairman of the International Energy Association Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC), will be the keynote speaker at AIRAH’s Renewable Heating and Cooling Forum in Canberra on December 3. The one-day event will explore Australia’s renewable heating and cooling sector and where it is headed. This includes the latest developments in solar, […]


Solar cooling and heating standard

Standards Australia has published AS 5389:2019 Space heating and cooling and ventilation systems – Calculation of energy and comfort performance. AS 5389 provides a method to estimate how much energy will be saved and to what degree comfort will be improved using solar and other heating and cooling technologies. Performance is based on four different […]


Desert Rose: Open for inspection!

After a frantic 15-day build stage, the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition has moved into its final stage, with competing teams opening their houses for public tours. The Solar Decathlon is the world’s largest international engineering and architectural competition for collegiate institutions, held once every two years. It challenges teams to design, construct and […]