Energy

Solar dish

Our energy research focuses on the development and advancement of renewable energy technologies for electricity, fuels and materials production, industrial processes, and heating and cooling applications.

The investigations are predominantly related to solar energy conversion through photovoltaic, thermal, thermochemical and hybrid systems. We also study hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass and thermoelectric systems, compatible energy storage technologies, from thermal to thermochemical to electrochemical, as well as grid integration.

Research projects address challenges in basic sciences, engineering, system integration and techno-economics, which result in fundamental technology discoveries, device and system prototypes, and commercial products.

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Energy Storage

Our global energy systems are currently in rapid transformation, particularly through uptake of photovoltaic and wind power, driven by emissions...

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics research at ANU is at the global cutting edge, spanning the entire spectrum of solar electricity technologies—from solar forecasting...

Solar Dish at ANU

Our leading-edge research encompasses basic sciences, engineering and techno-economics for development and advancement of solar thermal and hybrid...

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Alejandro Vidal

Alejandro Vidal

Master of Engineering - Solar Energy Technologies
“My interest in engineering started during high school, I was good at maths and science and I had a talent for building and fixing stuff.  I was...

Andrew Blakers

"I studied physics and maths at school and at ANU, intending to become an astronomer, but then decided that solar energy was a much more useful area...

Dr Antonio Tricoli

Dr Antonio Tricoli is a Research Fellow in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at The Australian National University. Nanotechnology is a...

Kylie Catchpole

Research Fellow at the ANU Research School of Engineering
Kylie Catchpole is Research Fellow at the ANU Research School of Engineering. She describes the aim of her research very simply, as "better, cheaper...
Dr Evan Franklin
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May
2017
Australia, an enormously energy resource rich nation, has arguably taken energy security for granted until recently. However, energy security has...
07
Jul
2017
The price of solar electricity is now lower than the price of conventional electricity in many parts of Australia, and solar panels have been...
18 May 2017
Engineers have invented tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise...
4 Apr 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have achieved a new record efficiency for low-cost semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough...
20 Mar 2017
The Australian Government has announced a $2 billion expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme, involving new tunnels and pumped hydro storage, designed to help stabilise...
17 Mar 2017
Former ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, has been appointed an honorary Associate Professor at the Research School of Engineering...
27 Feb 2017
Pumped hydro storage can be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy, a new study from The Australian...
2 Feb 2017
ANU Research School of Engineering PhD student Will Logie has been recognised by renowned climate and renewable energy experts at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research...
21 Nov 2016
For the second year in a row, a PhD student from the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Engineering has taken out Student of the Year at the...
14 Nov 2016
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough...
7 Sep 2016
ANU will establish an international research program to improve ways to store renewable energy that can be integrated into the electricity grid under a new $8...
Electric Car
14 Jun 2016
Make no mistake, Australia is in the grips of a long love affair with cars. According to ABS data, we collectively own 13.5 million of them, and we purchase over...

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