Mawson Lakes based Tindo Solar is collaborating with the University of South Australia and has recently received two South Australian State Government research grants to develop two new technologies. First, lightweight metal air batteries and second, infrared filters for enhancing performance of solar panels.
The grants have been achieved through the South Australian Government’s Innovation Voucher Program which is a collaboration between the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources, and Energy (DMITRE) and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).
A senior research fellow with the Thin Film Coatings Group at UniSAâ€™s Mawson Institute, Dr Evans specialises in developing thin film coatings for common surfaces. His invention of a lightweight, shatterproof plastic car mirror has already enjoyed significant international success but Dr Evans is now turning his attention to designing coatings for the renewable energy sector.
â€œOur goal is to advance our thin film coating research and development to tackle challenges in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The focus is to develop game-changing products and devices that lead to entirely new ways to create energy, as well as establishing more efficient ways to use energy.
The Mawson Instituteâ€™s current project with Tindo Solar, which is being led by the Dr Pejman Hojati Talemi, is developing coatings that can help control the temperature of solar panels.
â€œA little known behaviour of solar panels is they generate less and less power as they get hotter and hotter,â€ Dr Evans says.
â€œBy understanding how sunlight interacts with materials, we are engineering coatings that block the sunâ€™s heat but let in the visible light. This keeps a solar panel cooler, ensuring it runs more efficiently.â€
For more in information on the Mawson Institute visit http://www.unisa.edu.au/Research/Mawson-Institute/Research/Murphy-Laboratories/
For details on local Solar cell manufacture Tindo Solar see www.tindosolar.com.au