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Australia’s Solar Succession Plan Receives Another Boost

published: 2012-07-17 16:25

The Australian Government today announced almost $1.3 million of funding for Australia’s next generation of solar researchers.

 Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, joined some of the grant recipients at the Australian Solar Institute's (ASI) ‘Three Minute Solar Thesis Challenge’ held at the Australian National University.

Speaking at the Challenge, Minister Ferguson congratulated the researchers on successfully receiving the PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

“The Skills Development Program supports the work of our upcoming solar researchers who will ultimately work with industry to help make solar more efficient and cost effective,” Minister Ferguson said.

“From techniques to improve the efficiency of solar cells made from low-cost and readily available organic materials, to investigating ways to optimise hybrid solar-diesel systems in remote areas using smart grids, the Skills Development Program is helping to drive Australian solar innovation.

"I was pleased to meet some of the recipients today and to emphasise that the Government is not only investing in the direct results of their work but in the long term development of their talent as researchers."

The ‘Three Minute Solar Thesis Challenge’ gave ASI PhD Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows three minutes and three slides to convince an eminent panel of researchers of their project’s merits. The Challenge provided participants with the opportunity to sharpen their communication skills and meet with colleagues from other universities.

The new funding recipients will join an existing group of 24 early career researchers working to advance photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies through the ASI’s Skills Development Program.

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