Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

We develop innovative and sustainable solutions for clean energy generation, distribution and use in Australia and beyond.

About us

The Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices brings together QUT’s research expertise and commitment to drive integrated solutions addressing the technical, social and practical dimensions of a cleaner energy future.

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What we do

The centre will drive the development of sustainable, low-emissions, high-efficiency systems for energy generation, distribution and use within the Australian and global economies.

Innovative energy solutions

We're helping Australia develop crucial sectors of the economy and bring innovative clean energy solutions to consumers at scales from households to networks.

Collaborative networks

The centre collaborates with national and international partners to integrate technologies and processes within industry.

Technical expertise

We take important breakthroughs in solar and hydrogen power, biofuels, batteries and energy efficiency from the lab to field sites.

Our programs

Our research programs focus on clean energy production, systems and efficiency. These programs combine QUT’s extensive technical expertise in decarbonisation technologies with research capabilities focusing on changes in operational systems, management practices and regulatory environments to drive the affordable adoption of energy saving practices and clean energy technologies.

Renewable power generation

We're discovering the latest in solar technology, with a focus on photovoltaics, concentrated solar power and photocatalysis systems.

Energy storage systems

We are researching how best to store energy through innovative battery technologies and materials for hydrogen storage.

Future energy systems

We look at renewable energy integration and energy storage systems including batteries and hydrogen, hybrid networks and microgrids.

We research new generation high temperature superconducting materials for our partners in power systems, maritime and land-based propulsion, microwave communications systems and environmental sensing.

Green fuels

We are developing biofuels, biogas, and waste heat to sustainably power the future. Power to gas.

Energy 4.0

We are researching how data and clean energy intersect, including digitalisation, Internet of Things, blockchain and cyber security.

Power electronics and e-grid

We explore power electronics solutions for renewable energy, storage, and future power electronics-based power systems.

We study ways to do more with energy, including waste heat recovery, thermal conversion and innovative fuel cells.

People, practices and policies to lead the economy

We study the human and economic factors for clean energy uptake.

Key capabilities

Materials development

Our research focuses on functionality, in-situ characterisation and new materials for transport and storage.

Pilot plants and scale-up

We have expertise in materials processing, integrating gas and power microgrids and instrumentation compatibility.

Systems integration

Our research includes monitoring, sensing, measurement of system performance, integrated safety and Internet of Things, optimisation and data analytics.

Research facilities

Supported by the Institute for Future Environments, the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices has access to a wide range of diverse cutting-edge facilities to support research, teaching and learning and achieve real-world impact.

Central Analytical Research Facility

The Central Analytical Research Facility provides specialist equipment and expert scientists to help you carry out analytical research.

Research Engineering Facility

The Research Engineering Facility provides cutting-edge research engineering and technology services including drones, aviation, robotics and autonomous systems.

Biorefining Research Facility

The Biorefining Research Facility develops innovative products and processes to build a sustainable and profitable biorefining industry in Australia.

Banyo Pilot Plant

The Banyo Pilot Plant enables scaled-up research in traditional engineering, industrial biotechnology and scientific applications, testing and validation.

Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant

The Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant enables research and development in industrial biotechnology and biomass processing, technologies and practices.


Professor Ian Mackinnon

Centre Director

Macromolecular and materials chemistry, physical chemistry, earth sciences
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Associate Professor Dezso Sera

Deputy Centre Director

Renewable energies, photovoltaic systems
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Contact us

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Level 6, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Postal address

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001