Promoting excellence through research and development

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced it is proceeding with a Research and Development (R&D) Program dedicated to advancing renewable energy knowledge in Australia.

The R&D Program supports renewable energy technologies that will increase the commercial deployment of renewable energy technology in Australia.

Expressions of interest for the first R&D round – solar excellence – will remain open until February 14. Projects must involve R&D into any of the following solar energy solutions:

• solar photovoltaic (PV)

• solar thermal

• enabling technologies, components and processes that can be integrated with solar PV or solar thermal such as energy storage or control systems.

Up to $300 million in the period 2013 to 2022 has been allocated to develop ARENA’s R&D portfolio, with up to $20 million available in the first round. All funding provided by the program will be as grants, with no individual grant exceeding $10 million.

The program is open to Australian research institutions or companies with either an ABN or ACN. Research and development activity includes: specialised scientific and technical information services; post-graduate research; and the design, construction and testing of prototypes (pilot plants where new data is evaluated).