Solar energy systems for the Northern Territory

Solar energy systems for the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has a policy objective of generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, a tenfold increase from the current level. The NT offers exciting research opportunities in the area of solar energy systems, which includes both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal (CSP) systems.The NT climate has high and consistent sunshine duration and solar exposure, an ideal temperature range, humidity and rainfall levels for solar energy systems deployment, whereas the cyclone-prone areas of the NT are less suitable for wind energy. In addition, remote and Indigenous communities in the region are most vulnerable to climate change and rising oil prices. Solar energy systems can reduce the dependency on diesel for these communities.The Centre for Renewable Energy and Low Emissions Technology has opportunities for post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in the following areas of solar energy technologies:design controls, models and tools to aid the integration of solar (and hybrid) energy systems to three main distribution grids (Darwin-Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs);develop tools and methods to support the deployment of solar energy systems (and hybrid -- with say gas and/or biodiesel) to remote communities including solar PV and CSP placement, grid stability and optimization as well as social and economical impacts.

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