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Internet of Mobile Energy

The emergence of the two-way communication model and Distributed Energy Sources (DES) is transforming traditional power systems from largely centralised energy production to more decentralised and connected management systems. This is called the 'smart grid'.As the smart grid evolves, electric vehicles (EVs) are emerging as unconventional and highly-disruptive participants in the grid that can add significant benefit and flexibility. Notably, EV’s are equipped with a relatively high capacity battery that stores energy to power the vehicle.EV batteries, coupled with the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Development composite electrode for next generation Li-ion batteries

Australia is rich in lithium battery materials and is poised to be the world leader in sustainable energy storage. The rapid growth in the automobile and energy sector created greater demand for high-performance Li-ion batteries with high energy density. Conventional Li-ion batteries utilise a graphite anode with a limited theoretical capacity. Therefore, we need to develop alternative electrode materials with high energy density and a longer lifespan.Silicon (Si) has received attention owing to its high specific capacity at ambient temperature. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Super metal organic framework-mineral composite material for hydrogen energy storage

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of crystalline materials that hold huge promise for significant applications such as adsorption, separation, catalysis and drug delivery. Attributed to their exceptional porosity and surface area, the adsorptive performance of MOF materials has high potential for solving challenging issues such as hydrogen storage, greenhouse gas capture and water vapour harvest in arid regions.However, the practical application of many MOF materials encounters challenges from poor chemical stabilities, low yields and expensive manufacturing costs. With …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Performance-predictive technology for energy storage devices

In energy storage systems (batteries and supercapacitors), researchers use various methods to adjust the microstructure, surface area and porosity of active electrode materials. The macroscopic and microcosmic structure features of electrode materials affect electrochemical performance.However, the widely-accepted structure-performance relationship is still unclear. Therefore, the biggest challenge is to obtain the relations between the microscopic structures and the macroscopic performances for predicting the capacity/capacitance, life cycles and many other material characteristics.In this project, we'll develop machine learning technology to predict the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Metal polymer batteries and supercapacitors for renewable energy storage

Australia boasts rich wind and solar energy resources. To avoid fluctuations placing severe burden on the power grids, a reliable and efficient battery storage is required.The present technology based on lithium-ion batteries suffers from high manufacturing costs, poor safety and short life-span. Metal-polymer batteries are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

How do information systems contribute to greening the planet

Due to the current climate crisis, information systems (IS) are increasingly asked to not only support economic goals but also to promote environmentally sustainable behaviours.The advocated role for these “green IS” is that they enable practices and processes with improved environmental performance. An example can include facilitating the distribution of renewable energy sources.Knowledge about how exactly information systems can carry out this role. However, this knowledge is nascent, emergent, and incomplete.Some studies have:investigated factors that influence organisational adoption of green …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Information Systems
Research centre(s)

Analysis of weather and electricity prices for solar thermal power applications

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focuses the sun’s rays on a solar receiver to provide heat that can be stored and used for electricity generation.Control and planning of the use of stored energy would greatly benefit from a detailed understanding of the statistical characteristics of:direct solar irradiation (DNI)other weather variables (e.g. dust in air)electricity prices on the real-time market.The aim of this project will be to develop suitable statistical models that will enable …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Control of concentrating solar thermal power plants

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focus the sun’s rays on a solar receiver. This provides heat for a power generation cycle, creating thermal energy.Control of the heat transfer fluid temperature in the solar receiver is crucial for the efficient use/storage of thermal energy and to minimise the degradation of the receiver. The aim of this project is to design controllers for the heat transfer fluid pumps and the heliostats using a previously developed model of the receiver's thermodynamics.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Digital twin of a lab-scale renewable hydrogen facility

Both a laboratory-scale renewable hydrogen facility and a digital twin, also known as a digital replica, are being developed at QUT's Gardens Point campus.The laboratory-scale facility interconnects low-power renewable energy sources to supply a set of electrolysers and produce hydrogen as a 'green fuel'.The facility's digital twin will use real-time data and analytical dynamic models to optimise the operation of the plant, including the production of hydrogen.The proposed project aims to evaluate a range of software systems that will enable …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Comparison of output from collocated solar systems of different technology

Solar panel efficiency is calculated using standardised testing conditions, allowing like-for-like comparison of systems under the same conditions. However, data collected over a three year period from two collocated solar systems of different technologies are showing unexpected results. The most efficient system's yearly output is comparatively lower. Initial data analysis explains some differences from the operational conditions, but further investigation is required.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Characterising distant galaxies by way of spectral energy distribution analysis

The analysis of galaxies found throughout cosmic time provides us with the means to probe the underlying characteristics of the known universe.Over the last few decades, new observations of galaxies with various ground and space-based telescopes have provided us with an abundance of multi-wavelength data.By coupling these observations with theory, spectral energy distribution analysis allows us to derive the intrinsic properties of distant galaxies, which provides constraints for various galaxy formation and evolution scenarios.During this project, you will have access …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)

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