Powering clean energy

28th May 2020

The Institute for Future Environments’ Clean Energy Technologies and Practices Centre is leading the development of clean energy technologies through participation in three new energy-focused Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). These CRCs will investigate green hydrogen, future batteries and clean energy infrastructure.

The energy sector accounts for the majority of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Developing sustainable, low-emissions, high-efficiency systems for energy generation, distribution and use within the Australian and global economies is a priority for research, industry and government. 

QUT Professors Ian Mackinnon and Anthony O’Mullane are playing key roles in developing the green hydrogen export industry for Queensland and Australia with the announcement of the Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC


QUT clean hydrogen research


The FEnEx CRC will build upon the extensive work QUT is doing in green hydrogen production and export, further identifying the strongest global market opportunities for Australia’s future energy exports. 

“This program will enable the next generation of scientists and engineers with the key skills for the transition to renewable power generation, storage, transport and utilisation,” Professor O’Mullane said.

On the energy storage front, the Future Battery Industries CRC brings together almost 60 industry participants, eight universities, the CSIRO, and Federal and State Governments to deliver outcomes that accelerate industry expansion and grow Australia’s emerging battery industry sector.

As part of this CRC, QUT’s Professor Peter Talbot is leading a research program in materials, components, manufacturing and deployment for energy storage, building upon QUT’s development of Australia’s first pilot facility to produce commercial grade lithium-ion batteries


Professor Peter Talbot and team at our Banyo Pilot Plant lithium-ion battery development facility


“The processes we have developed could be automated to enable Australia to have a competitive advantage in a manufacturing space that is currently dominated by China,” Professor Talbot said. 

These technologies could potentially be used in a variety of applications, from mass-produced electronics like mobile phones through to the expanding electric vehicle sector.  

The Centre’s Buildings and People Program Leader Dr Wendy Miller is developing a multidisciplinary team of QUT researchers to participate in the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy (RACE) for 2030 CRC. This team includes researchers from built environment, materials and building science, electrical and mechanical engineering, architecture and design, modelling and simulation, environmental quality, and behavioural economics disciplines

“Our focus will be on improving the built environment’s structure and the provision of energy services, which is responsible for more than 30 per cent of global energy use,” Dr Miller said.  

The Centre for Clean Energy and Technology and Practices is developing innovative and sustainable solutions for clean energy generation, distribution and use in Australia and beyond. Learn more about the centre and its programs here.

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