In 2018 a team led by the ANU Energy Change Institute won the University’s Grand Challenge Scheme, receiving $10 million in funding over five years for its project: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific.
Grand Challenge Vision
The ANU Energy Change Institute’s Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific – recognizes that Australia is a renewable-energy, resource-rich nation, whose immediate neighbours in the Asia-Pacific will account for two-thirds of the world’s energy demand growth in the coming decades. Decarbonizing that additional energy use and cutting existing emissions from the region are essential if the world is to have any chance of meeting its goals for limiting climate change.
In a rapidly decarbonizing world, Australia’s carbon-based exports will soon have to be replaced by zero-carbon embedded energy exports in order to maintain our role as an energy superpower. Our Grand Challenge will undertake inter-disciplinary research to underpin a transformation in the way Australia trades with the world and with the Asia-Pacific – based on renewable energy.
Our GC will investigate four socio-technological pathways that integrate social, legal, economic, political and technological solutions. The first two pathways involve reducing the carbon content of electricity consumed in the region via:
The other socio-technological pathways embed our zero-carbon energy in exports via:
Our aim is to produce high-quality, high-impact research by combining world-class expertise in Energy, the Asia-Pacific and Indigenous Policy in an inter-disciplinary research program. We will enhance our existing expertise by establishing a team of early/mid-career researchers who will partner with our industry collaborators – particularly in the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) - to investigate key research questions, including:
Read the full five-page proposal submitted to the 2018 Grand Challenge Selection Committee.