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Australia's use of fossil fuels is unsustainable. We need to design and transition to a future where electricity is generated primarily from renewable energy sources. This Icon Project's research will develop the knowledge and tools required to design and optimise a system composed of a mix of generation technologies, including solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and wind. Variability of renewable energy sources will be overcome using a combination of reserve capacity, spatially diverse generator locations, energy storage and management of demand to match supply. This project will progress the issue of a sustainable energy supply into the future, both in a technological sense and also from the social perspective, to provide Australians with affordable, reliable, clean electricity in a context of environmental sustainability.
For further information, please contact Icon Project Leaders John Boland.