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Printed solar panels a shining light for saving energy – Sydney Morning Herald

An Australian breakthrough in lightweight solar panels that can turn any surface into an energy source could deliver a boost to local manufacturing.

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The University of Newcastle Centre of Organic Electronics developed proprietary technology using organic polymers that capture solar energy and conduct electricity.
Liquid organic polymers are laid onto sheets of material by everyday printers, like ink on paper, to create a solar panel just 0.075 millimetres thick that can be stuck, with special adhesive tape, to a range of surfaces. Traditional rooftop photovoltaic solar panels use silicon to conduct electricity.
The first demonstration project for printed solar is powering a light display in Lane Cove town centre on Sydney’s north shore, with panels stuck on the roof of a covered walkway powering the entire set-up.
Professor Dastoor said that, in the near future, printed solar technology could be developed to fit almost any surface to power urban lighting, roadsides water pumps, disaster shelters, caravans and camping equipment, and be installed on anything from smart blinds for residential buildings to floating covers for dams and pools, greenhouse covers, or even yacht sails.
“Imagine a world where everyone has access to electricity, and where every surface can generate clean, low cost, sustainable energy from the sun,” Professor Dastoor said.
But it’s not all smooth sailing for printed solar. While its production cost of $10 a square metre is very low, and the panels weigh next to nothing compared with rooftop solar, which tips the scales at about 15 kilograms a square metre, printed solar is far less efficient and durable than established technologies.
Printed solar panels last for only two years and deliver just 2 per cent of the efficiency of rooftop panels, which are built to last about 20 years.
Professor Dastoor said his team had calculated that, to be competitive, his printed solar technology needed to deliver a three-year lifespan and operate at 3 per cent the efficiency of existing technology, which he said would be achieved “within the next two years”.
Outside niche applications printed solar could find a household market through a retail contract that work by “leasing your roof space for cheaper power”, Professor Dastoor said.
“The business model could be that electricity retailers offer the technology on a contract basis similar to mobile phones – the retailer installs and replaces the panels as they wear out and you get discounted power,” Professor Dastoor said.
“The way it will work

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Coronavirus has made financial abuse more common, experts say. Here’s what to do about it – ABC News

For the five years Rosie* and her ex were together, she had no say over their money. As the pandemic drags on, more and more people are reporting family violence — including financial abuse.

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For the five years Rosie* and her ex were together, she had no control over the family finances.
“I had to account for any money I ever spent and would regularly get berated and interrogated,” she said.
It started when she first moved in and he took control of her income.
“Within days of moving in with him, he insisted I shut down my bank accounts and have a shared account with him,” she said.
And it got worse when she became pregnant with their first child.
“He would check our bank account…

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‘Two weeks of hell’: Quarantine guest slams ‘inedible’ hotel food – Yahoo News Australia

While Kate Yaxley was prepared for the two-week stay in quarantine, she wasn’t ready for the quality of food which she claims is “inedible”.

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When Victoria found itself in the middle of a coronavirus crisis, 23-year-old Kate Yaxley – who has lived in Melbourne for three years – thought it was time to return home to Brisbane.
She knew that spending 14 days in hotel quarantine would be part of the deal and understood she would have to foot the bill.
What she didnt realise was the quality of food she would be served would be what she describes as inedible.
Surely you should be able to get edible food, three meals a day, Ms Yaxley told…

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CommBank services down for online banking – NEWS.com.au

CommBank services down for online banking

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Angry Commonwealth Bank customers have been left unable to access their money on a Friday night because online services are down.The bank’s social media pages are being flooded with complaints from people unable to login to their online banking.
There are some reports people can’t use their bank cards either.
“I had to pay for my food. I’m in Victoria we are in curfew. It’s already 7:35pm. I cannot pay. I can’t use ATM, what should I do. If I can’t get food my girlfriend is gonna kill me or if…

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