Solar photovoltaic

Luke Osborne - Reposit Power

In early May 2015 Reposit Power announced it is combining its GridCredits storage system with Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery. Reposit Power's software links your solar and storage with their automated control which sells back to the grid when prices are high. This GridCredits consumers access to their own solar power overnight and at peak times, reducing their demand on the grid and allowing more solar to be used. It also allows energy to be sold back into the grid by placing bids into the market.

Reposit Power launched a Canberra based trial of GridCredits in late 2014, supported by $445,000 ARENA funding. It received a great deal of interest and Reposit now plans to offer GridCredits to Australian consumers as a commercial product in late 2015. 

Reposit Power was founded in 2012, a small tech start up company with big ideas based in Canberra, Australia. Luke Osborne joined Reposit in 2013 to lead the implementaton phase. Luke has been an executive in the electricity industry for over a decade. He was formerly COO in Australia’s most successful renewable energy company - Windlab. He has worked in the Canadian, USA, NZ and South African electricity systems.

Glen Morris previews Energy Storage Council Conference

Glen Morris is Vice President of both the Australian Solar Council and the Australian Energy Storage Council, which seeks to advance the uptake and development of energy storage solutions in Australia.

Glen previews the inaugural Energy Storage Council Conference being held alongside Solar 2015 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, on 13-14 May 2015.

Glen Morris previews Solar 2015

Glen Morris is Vice President of the Australian Solar Council. Through his business SolarQuip, Glen Morris has been installing renewables both on and off the grid for over 20 years. Glen consults for the CEC, is a member of their Standards Training and Accreditation Committee, is a member of Standards Australia EL-042 Committee, teaches renewables at various TAFES, and has been a system auditor for both the CEC and NZ Government. Glen has lived off grid for the past 20 years – currently at one of Australia’s oldest intentional communities in the Yarra Ranges near Melbourne.

Glen previews Solar 2015 Exhibition & Conference, the 53rd annual Australian Solar Council Industry Conference & Exhibition which highlights the people, projects and products that are driving the solar industry to new heights of innovation and excellence. Glen will be making a number of conference presentations in the Professional Development Stream. Solar 2015 is a free event running 13 - 14 May 2015 in Melbourne. This year sees the Energy Storage Council Conference co-located with solar 2015.

Nigel Morris - electric motorbikes, storage & solar

  2015 SR (Sport Road)  

Nigel Morris is Director of SolarBusinessServices, an award winning consultancy, established in Sydney in 2009, specialising in business development in the Australian solar PV (Photovoltaic) industry. He's also passionate about electric motorbikes, energy storage, battery technology and their combination with solar, which will change how households use electricity and travel. 

Nigel, who trained as a mechanic, explains the many advantages of electric motorbikes over conventional petrol motorbikes, and we hear the enthusiasm for the Zero which he owns. Coincidentally, he joins the Beyond Zero radio team while running some appliances on battery power after a grid outage which was caused by a "once in a decade" storm in NSW. Nigel is also a big supporter of non-profit Solar Citizens, regularly speaks at their events and meets politicians in Canberra to promote a fair go for the solar industry. Listen to Nigel's informative and entertaining podcast.

Ken Munson & Philip Keogan - Sunverge brings solar & storage to our new bi-directional distributed grid!


There is a fundamental shift happening in the electricity market. With distributed storage and the ubiquity of cloud based software solutions, Californian startup Sunverge is offering a solar & storage solution creating a bi-directional flow of information and energy which is changing the way we use the traditional one-way grid.  

Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele is joined in the studio by Sunverge Co-founder, President and CEO Ken Munson and Philip Keogan, Sunverge GM Australia and New Zealand (and formerly an executive at Ergon Energy) to talk about this new "internet of energy". 

Hayden Smith - Sunswift - 1st road legal solar car

Project manager Hayden Smith leads Sunswift, a team of University of New South Wales (UNSW) engineering students, undertaking a most ambitious goals: Making eVe the Southern Hemisphere’s 1st road legal solar passenger car. The team has been working hard in the hopes of officially registering with the Roads & Maritime Services as early as March 2015. Making eVe road legal is a huge task requiring a major redesign and rebuild of almost every aspect of the car. The resources and engineering effort required is considerable and Hayden and the team ran a successful crowd funding campaign to .

Sunswift eVe is the fifth generation solar car designed and built by the UNSW Solar Racing Team, Sunswift. Built for practicality, speed, and endurance, eVe is the embodiment of Australian innovation and design. Originally created for the 2013 World Solar Challenge – Cruiser Class, eVe sets a new standard for sustainable transportation, offering high performance, efficiency, comfort and style – all powered directly from the sun.

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Dr Scott Watkins - Pollinate Energy

Dr Scott Watkins is a Technology developer, science communicator and formerly Research Leader for Thin Film Photovoltaics in CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship. He has appeared previously on the Beyond Zero show talking about his CSIRO research into developing organic Photovoltaic cells. This time Scott joins to talk about his new venture, that is with Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise whose mission is to:
Improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to sustainable products that make their lives better.

Dr Ashraf Uddin UNSW

Dr Ashraf Uddin is an Associate Professor in the world renowned School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. The Beyond Zero team is also joined by expert guest interviewer Dr Scott Watkins who also specialises in organic PV.

Dr Uddin and Dr Watkins discuss the advantages of organic PV over traditional silicon PV, increasing efficiencies using tandem or stacked solar cells, the emergence of a new class of solar cell based on mixed organic-inorganic halide perovskite cells, comparisons of OPV with OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), the negative effects of oxygen and moisture on lifetimes of OLEDs and OPV, light trapping techniques, future applications and the opportunity to commercially develop OPV technology. Dr Uddin is also course coordinator for the UNSW degree in PV and talks about the career prospects around the world.

Dr Uddin's Research Interests include:

    Organic Solar Cells 
    Photovoltaic device physics, design and characterisation
    Dye-sensitised Solar Cells
    Organic-inorganic hybrid Photovoltaic
    New Concepts of photovoltaic

UNSW researchers set world record in solar energy efficiency

Dr Cameron Stanley RMIT

Dr Cameron Stanley is a Research Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University.

Photovoltaic (PV) cells typically convert between 15-20% of the incident sunlight into electrical energy and dissipate the remaining energy as heat. Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) collectors use a fluid flowing adjacent to the PV cells to collect some of this dissipated heat and transfer it as useful energy e.g. for domestic hot water. As well as collecting heat energy, which would be otherwise wasted, the fluid serves to cool the PV cells and enhance their electrical performance.

RMIT is currently developing a hybrid PVT receiver suitable for linear concentrators, which aims to produce a thermal output of 150ºC and an electrical yield of around 9%. To achieve these temperatures a technique known as spectral beam splitting is used. The high grade thermal output from these receivers is intended to be used for industrial heat processes as well as absorption chillers.

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