Photovoltaic panels utilise Australia's most abundant renewable resource - sunlight - providing clean electricity for our homes and businesses.

Photovoltaic panels utilise Australia's most abundant renewable resource - sunlight - providing clean electricity for our homes and businesses.

The 'virtual' power station

A growing population and economy means an ever-increasing demand for power from Australia's existing electricity supply network. In this podcast, Dr John Ward from CSIRO Energy Technology talks about a solution to our growing energy needs. (3:47)

  • 19 September 2008 | Updated 24 November 2011

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The ‘Virtual’ Power Station intelligently aggregates renewable energy generators – such as solar panels – and energy storage into a cost-effective and reliable electricity supply network.

Dr John Ward explains that by using innovative systems solutions, the online system makes renewable energy more cost effective and reliable.

Read more about CSIRO’s ‘sustainable cities’ science on show (Media release 18 Sep 08).