06 Nov Deakin Innovation Targets Clean Energy Future by Deakin University
Deakin University in Australia is driving research for next-generation microgrids, energy storage technologies (including batteries and hydrogen), cyber security and Internet of Things.In 2017, the University established Deakin Energy – a university-wide initiative – to bring together experts working in the energy sector from Engineering, Economics, Law, IT, Architecture and professional divisions from across Deakin’s four campuses in Victoria, Australia, and apply their knowledge to assist industry and governments globally.
Deakin Energy is delivering innovative programs that address the sustainable energy supply challenges facing modern society.
Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities), Deakin has a long history of involvement in Asia. We were the first international university to establish an office in Delhi, India, 25 years ago, and have a rich history of successful international partnerships.
Deakin’s strong track record of research projects in South Korea, with companies such as Hyundai Motor Company and POSCO, includes projects in automotive, advanced materials and energy, as well as humanities and social science.
In battery research, Deakin hosted a visiting researcher from LG Chemicals for one year investigating new solid-state polymer electrolyte materials (2017-18). Deakin researchers also recently collaborated with Korean researchers (Sungkyunkwan University), investigating novel polymer electrolytes for flexible super-capacitors.
The Deakin Energy initiative has seen a 7.25MW Renewable Energy Microgrid built on the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, to support the University’s sustainability aim of carbon neutrality by 2030. This is the largest university-based microgrid in Australia.
A collaboration with AusNet Services and Mondo Power, the microgrid will supply around 54 per cent of the Waurn Ponds Campus’ current power consumption and reduce 12,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions at the campus per year, once it begins operation in 2020.
With a 7MW solar farm, central 1MW battery storage system, and .25MW of rooftop solar systems installed on existing campus buildings, the microgrid will be a key part of the Geelong Future Economy Precinct on the campus, which is a key driver of the region’s economic transition to an advanced manufacturing, future-focussed economy.
Deakin Energy is now developing a hydrogen strategy for the University. Leveraging its own expertise in advanced materials and energy systems, as well as its strong partnerships, it is seeking to address the major barriers to Australia’s hydrogen economy: community awareness (safety and social acceptance); national scale economy barriers; and the lack of experience in use of hydrogen in heavy transport.
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