Suntech Pluto Solar Panels Power Sydney Town Hall

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has provided 240 solar panels for a 48kW rooftop installation on Sydney’s Town Hall. The panels are the first of their kind in Australia to use Suntech’s Pluto technology and will supply clean power for the Heritage-listed Town Hall and the Council Chambers for decades. 
 
The installation is part of an $18 million initiative to improve the energy efficiency of city-owned properties in Sydney.
 
According to Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, “Sydney is among a growing number of international cities recognizing that we cannot continue to rely on energy generated from coal-fired plants. It’s incredibly inefficient with two-third of the energy wasted during production and transfer. Our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan is to provide 25 percent of our energy needs from renewable sources and reduce demand for power from coal- fired plants."
 
Suntech says its Pluto technology offers conversion efficiency improvements up to 12% higher than solar cells currently available on the general market. Suntech’s Pluto-powered monocrystalline cells have achieved 19% conversion efficiency in commercial production, independently verified by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
 
Suntech Pluto solar panels also have a deeper Australian link. The technology was inspired by the world record-holding PERL solar cells developed by the University of New South Wales. Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Chairman and CEO of Suntech, is a graduate of UNSW, as well as a fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
 
Suntech is also working closely with Swinburne University of Technology on the development of nanoplasmonic solar cells, which could dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells by enabling them to absorb a much broader spectrum of light.