Solar hot water? You’re welcome.Posted: Monday, 31st October, 2011
Does your house have a solar hot water system on its roof? If so, you’re using technology that had its foundations laid at CSIRO. Not only was Australia’s first reported domestic solar hot water heater designed and made by CSIR (which later became CSIRO) in 1941, but the subsequent Australian solar hot water industry was kick-started by research and development carried out by CSIRO engineers in the mid-1950s. There’s more information at the Solar hot water systems page at CSIROpedia.
While you’re at CSIROpedia, why not check out some other interesting articles on things like:
- Aerogard (which was field-tested up here in Newcastle – local university students will understand why);
- CSIRAC, the very first computer in Australia (and the fourth in the whole world);
- the history of ‘The Dish’ at Parkes;
- how CSIRO developed the polymer banknote (and printed some $3 and $7 notes in the process);
- and a range of other interesting CSIRO contributions to fields as diverse as cloud-seeding and mechanised cheese making.