We’re looking for ways to bring down the cost of renewable options and to create a reliable supply of energy.
Areas of focus
- Photovoltaic (PV) technology
- Solar thermal, geothermal and wind energy
- Fuel cells, batteries and other storage methods
- Design, integration and planning of renewable energy systems
- Smart energy management for buildings
- Decarbonisation of the chemical industry
- Integration of renewable electricity into chemical manufacturing
Impact and outcomes
- Established GEEP (Green Electric Energy Park) to facilitate advances in renewable energy research
- Created SpiroPak technology to reduce the environmental impact of the resources industry
- Development of the concept of Urban Renewable Energy Zones (UREZ) to support the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into reliable and competitive energy systems
- Design and implementation of modular remote-area hybrid microgrids to improve the delivery of renewable and affordable energy to areas outside major cities
- Leading industry-focused group in the area of low-energy decarbonisation solutions
- Leading research facility (Australia and worldwide) for solid oxide electrochemical cell research
Research groups, facilities and institutes
Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Group
This group has expertise in a range of electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies, focusing on fuel cells, batteries, solar cells, water electrolysis for hydrogen production, electrochemical ammonia synthesis, and CO2 electrochemical conversion into fuels/chemicals.
Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP)
GEEP is an innovative laboratory that features futuristic power-system concepts based on environmentally friendly, renewable energy technologies.
John de Laeter Centre
The John de Laeter Centre provides quantitative data used to understand processes of Earth and planetary evolution, characterise the nature of resources and materials upon which our society depends, and monitor our changing environment.