Hear about the important contributions Australian engineers have made to all three types of solar water heaters: flat plate, evacuated tube and heat pump. The suite of photovoltaic technologies developed here will also be discussed – a development that has reduced the cost of photovoltaic panels, making solar the world’s fastest-growing source of power. What historic solar technologies are still in use? And what interesting technologies are in the pipeline, aiming to further increase efficiency and reduce costs?
About the speaker: Debbie Rudder has degrees in chemistry and the history and philosophy of science. From 1991 to 2014 she was Curator of Power Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum, developing and interpreting one of the world’s great Engine and Energy collections and the Australian Innovation collection.