Funding for ASI Skills Development Program

The Federal Government has announced nearly $3.3 million in funding for early and mid-career solar researchers.

Funding has been allocated to the Australian Solar Institute’s (ASI) Skills Development Program, which will be expanded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as of 1 January 2013, when the Australian Solar Institute merges with ARENA.

“The Skills Development Program creates a career path for some of our best and brightest solar scientists and helps foster a new generation of solar technology experts,” said Federal Energy and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.

“The program leverages Australia’s existing leadership in developing and commercialising new technologies by nurturing people with the capacity to develop solutions that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase their supply in Australia.”

The 11 new funding recipients include one whose project aims to develop a commercially viable thermal storage system that is more efficient than current technologies, while another’s project aims to develop a prototype of a hybrid concentrating PV-thermal rooftop system.

The new funding recipients will join an existing group of 31 researchers working to advance photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies through the ASI’s Skills Development Program.

Further information about the recipients is available on the ASI website.

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