The Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific research initiative aligns with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) key actions required to limit the risks from global warming. The initiative will catalyse the development of major export industries based on Australia's massive renewable energy resources producing high-quality, high impact research that has the potential for immediate and long-lasting impact . Through the five projects our team of researchers will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges that will arise in transforming Australia's export industries - based on renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Systems
The Renewable Energy Systems project has an initial focus on renewable electricity and aims to understand the geopolitical, economic and technological drivers needed to ensure the successful trade in renewable electricity. By providing the techno-economic basis this project aims to show how zero-carbon systems can be broadly viewed as a secure and reliable economic opportunity in Australia and in neighbouring countries. This project will also provide a greater understanding of the scale of the opportunity for renewable electricity exports from North West Australia.
Dr Matthew Stocks (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
The Hydgrogen Fuels project will create the expert technical, socio-economic, and political knowledge necessary for Australia to become a major exporter of zero-carbon renewable fuels based on hydrogen within the next 15 years, and ensure competitiveness of Australian hydrogen exports into the future. The project will provide proposals for governance frameworks to support the export of hydrogen-based fuels and to support the application of hydrogen energy in transport, export, natural gas networks and residences.
Dr Fiona Beck (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
T: +61 (2) 619 70113
Renewable Energy Policy and Governance in Asia-Pacific Countries
Making the switch to zero-carbon energy will not result from technological improvements alone but will depend on the establishment of suitable policy and governance frameworks, which are in turn dependent on their acceptance by local policymakers and opinion leaders. This policy- and governance-focused project is vital for realising the vision of zero-carbon energy for the Asia-Pacific.
Associate Prof Paul Burke (College of Asia and the Pacific)
T: +61 (2) 6125 6566
Large-Scale Renewable Refining of Metal Ores
This project will advance the development of technological, policy and market pathways for a successful new Australian industry in renewably-refined metals, with a primary emphasis on iron. This will be achieved in part by demonstrating the technical feasibility of renewable steel production in Australia and by working with those in industry interested in establishing this new industry. Economic conditions for establishing this industry aim to be clearly identified and communicated and public investment and policy requirements will be identified.
Dr John Pye (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
T: +61 (2) 6125 8778
Indigenous and Community Engagement
Indigenous people in Australia's North West stand to gain much from the development of renewable energy on their traditional lands - but only if the necessary policy and financial scaffolding is in place. Ensuring multi-generational benefit from the development of renewable energy and associated industries will require strategic collaborations across industry, government and Indigenous groups informed by best practice internationally.
Associate Professor Janet Hunt (College of Arts and Social Sciences)