Australian energy major AGL and solar cell technology innovator and manufacturer SunDrive Solar have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of a commercial-scale PV manufacturing facility in the New South Wales (NSW) Hunter region

agreement follows Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s announcement of $1 billion (USD 650 million) of subsidies, grants and other support to increase Australia’s role in the global solar manufacturing supply chain

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which will deliver the program, said this could include polysilicon, ingots and wafers, cells, module assembly, and other parts of the solar supply chain, including solar glass, advanced deployment technology, or other aspects identified through industry consultation

September 2021, SunDrive revealed it had achieved a record-breaking power conversion efficiency of 25.54% for a silver-free heterojunction solar cell



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