THE University of Queensland (UQ) has a considerable portfolio of infrastructure and capacity for solar research spanning fundamental next generation technology development, systems-related engineering, and policy, regulation and energy economics.
UQ owns and operates more than 5.5 MW of solar PV across our campuses – more than any other university in the world. These plants deliver a ‘quadruple bottom line’ providing:
- Valuable clean energy (more than 21 GW h of electricity to-date) and associated Large Scale Generation Certificates
- Unique pilot-scale systems-level research capacity
- Powerful external engagement tool for the community, government and industry
- Outstanding and relevant source materials for undergraduate education and postgraduate training programs.
The systems-level research at UQ is closely integrated with all other facets of the research portfolio through the coordination of UQ Solar.
We have large groups of researchers actively involved in the basic science of photovoltaics (Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics) and concentrating solar thermal (School of Mining and Mechanical Engineering supercritical CO2 turbine technology group).
We work with industry partners such as First Solar, Trina, MPower, SMA and Photon Energy to ensure our work is relevant and impactful.
UQ researchers are actively involved in the development of national and international renewable energy policy and creating solutions for alleviating energy poverty across the globe.
Our flagship PV projects (the Gatton Solar Research Facility and the MW St Lucia Array) are exemplars of our facilities and philosophy.
In the future, all new buildings at UQ will be designed to have solar panels, adding to the generation capacity of the array.
Live Data Feed – view real-time and historical information on electricity generated by the UQ Solar St Lucia Array. The data from the meters is transmitted every minute to the server that generates the feed. Due to the time needed to send, receive and process data, the information on the live feed display is typically about two minutes “old”.