Researchers at the Newcastle CSIRO Energy Centre are confident the problem of clouds affecting the o
Researchers at the Newcastle CSIRO Energy Centre are confident the problem of clouds affecting the output of solar panels can be managed, even for large scale power generation.
A year-long, world-first study into solar intermittency has found the extra complexity of managing solar power should not be a barrier to the uptake of the renewable resource.
Team Leader at the Energy Centre, Glenn Platt says with the right forecasting and management plans, the intermittency of solar power can be fixed.
"One way to think about it is, the electricity grid is used to load going up and down as people turn on air conditioners, and things like that," he said.
"At the moment, solar panels look very similar to that, they just look exactly like air conditioners turning on and off."
Mr Platt says Australia has a unique energy market and it is time to ramp up local research, particularly into larger scale solar projects.
"We think that a huge amount of more work needs to be done, particularly in Australia, to find out how these issues are relevant to Australia and we'd love for that work to be happening in Newcastle at our energy centre," he said.
"We have some fairly unique facilities here to be able to help us to do these sorts of investigations."
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Supplied from the ABC www.ABC.net.au june14 2012