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AuSES Conference Best Papers: Wind Power

We have prepared list of solar-e.com’s own selection of ranked candidates for the best Wind Power papers presented at the

‘Solar 2010’ Conference: Policies and Strategies (including the Economics of solar energy, diversity of derived forms of solar energy, electricity grids and data collection)

The analysis and understanding the of more obscure fields of solar energy related technology and policy developments is obviously another critical step forward to applying more solar energy in our economy. this section will hopefully expand as more papers are delivered in the future.

Student Prizes – Wal Read Memorial Prizes
Post Graduates Prizes
BILBAO, Jose “PV-Thermal Water Systems as a Retrofit for Near Zero Energy Homes”
Winner   $1500 AUD
BAMBROOK, Shelley  ” Experimental PVT Air System for Dwellings”
Highly Commended $1000 AUD
LHENDUP, Tshewang  “Simulation of a Ground-coupled Heat Pump Combined with Solar Collectors”
Commended $250 AUD
ELLISTON, Ben  “Grid parity: A potential misleading concept?”
Commended $250 AUD

Undergraduates Prizes
BRAZIER, Thomas  “Dependence of installed cost of a 1.5 kW rooftop PV system on module efficiency”
Joint Winner $1,000 AUD
BOEREMA, Nicholas  “Economics of constraints on wind farms – SA”
Joint Winner $1,000 AUD
O’BRIEN, Paul “Exergetic analysis of a steam-flashing thermal storage system”
Joint Winner $1,000 AUD

Wind Power : Solar-e.com Director Garry Baverstock’s personal selection of the Best Papers

At the conference the papers were presented under a number of category headings such as Built Environment, Wind Power, Photovoltaics, Environmental Benefits, Solar Thermal and Economics. Following is our selection of the worthwhile papers and a ranking based on relevance to world situation on Climate Change, the impact on the increased use of solar energy and the quality of the research as presented in the paper.
The best papers, in our opinion, have been listed. This is our opinion, but we are interested in what the solar experts think and any comments are welcome. If we have overlooked a paper or you disagree with our assessment please feel free to offer your opinion. If bona fide it will be published.


Image of windmills old and new

A comment by Garry Baverstock, A.M. follows each heading.

1. Impacts of Distributed Wind Generation on Distribution Networks

N. K. Roy, H. R. Pota, M. A. Mahmud, and M. J. Hossain

Comment: Wind power needs this technical analysis for it to find its rightful place in the renewable energy mix in Australia.

2. The Economics of Transmission Constraints on Wind Farms – some evidence from South Australia

Nicholas Boerema1, Iain MacGill2

Comment: Good feed back about the effectiveness of wind farms in South Australia

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People who were not delegates at Solar 2010 (or AuSES members) who would like to access this resource they can apply for access for an annual fee of $140 (ex GST). Please go to AuSES website.

Solar-e.com invites you to leave comments at the end of this article.

Experts who disagree with our rating and choices we invite you to make comment and if enough substance is shown we will reserve the right to change the ranking at anytime or keep the ranking the same.

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Bad Weather and Power Price Hikes Trigger Demand for Solar Passive Housing

20 August 2009

Jacinta Goerke

According to a local architect the recent bad weather and increase in electricity and gas tariffs has seen an increase in demand for solar passive housing and sensible renovations.

Mr Garry Baverstock, director of Ecotect-Architects in Swanbourne and Order of Australia recipient, said people feeling the pinch were serious about living in energy efficient homes.

“People are clear with us,” said Mr Baverstock. “They want homes that use less power, look good and are comfortable to live in.”

Mr Baverstock said the increase in demand was from people wanting renovation work done and others keen to build houses on cleared blocks or receive feedback on builders’ plans.

He said people were aware energy efficient houses could cost more upfront, but the increase in the house’s resale value and savings in energy bills was quickly offset.

“The good news is homes that adhere to the principles of solar passive design are aesthetically pleasing, better ventilated and use natural light wisely,” said Mr Baverstock.

“Solar passive buildings are also healthier for people because they require the effective use of air flow and minimal use of toxic materials.

“People with respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis, and others with illnesses such as depression find living in solar passive homes helpful,” he said.

Mr Baverstock said solar passive homes required the installation and use of window treatments and floor coverings that either absorbed or reflected heat and light during different times of a day.

“The combined effect of passive solar when added to the blinds will keep a house warmer by up to five degrees during the day and up to ten degrees at night in winter,” he said.

“Conversely, the house can be kept cooler by between five and ten degrees in summer when using the passive solar benefits,” he said.

Mr Baverstock said the colour of walls and floors also played a significant role as did the use of insulation and size and location of windows.

“Simply increasing the size of a window or installing glass doors to capture the winter sun can heat a cold room and transform it into an inviting breakfast area,” said Mr Baverstock.

Mr Baverstock said people who spend little time at home or are unhappy often find making climate sensible changes to their homes improves their lives for the better.

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