Research clusters

The Energy Change Institute provides authoritative leadership energy change research in 20 clusters, comprising a range of research themes.

Artificial Photosynthesis »

Artificial Photosynthesis research areas include the mechanism of water-splitting, the fundamental processes and efficiencies of biological photo-energy conversion and the design and properties of biomimetic molecular assemblies.

Carbon Capture & Storage »

One way to reduce greenhouse emissions while minimising disruption to high-carbon industries is to capture the emitted carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, then store it deep underground at high pressure, inside porous rocks.

Energy and Security »

The Energy and Security Research Cluster aims to lead the conversation on the complex interactions between energy supply and demand and security in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific.

Energy Economics & Policy »

The Centre for Climate Economics and Policy anchors a network of Australian and international researchers providing insights on the economics of climate change, its implications for public policy, and the design of policies for zero-carbon energy systems

Energy Efficiency »

A range of ANU academics across three colleges undertake research in the fields of energy efficiency and demand management.

Energy for Development »

Research on energy for development at ANU is undertaken in a number of Colleges, and is often of an interdisciplinary nature.

Energy Regulation & Governance »

Energy Regulation & Governance includes research programs in governance, finance, law, and design principles.

Energy Sociology & Risk »

Researchers are working on topics that include fair and just energy transitions; the social impacts of climate change and the transition to zero carbon; energy-related human rights; social licence to operate issues; and social risk.

Energy Storage and Recovery »

The Energy Storage and Recover cluster researches material chemistry, pumped hydro energy storage, and fuel cell research.  

Energy-Water Nexus »

The Energy-Water Nexus group it is an integrative and interdisciplinary endeavour, incorporating scholars, policymakers and industry.

Enhanced Oil & Gas Extraction »

A major aim of this research cluster is to facilitate extraction of oil and gas reserves in the most optimal and sustainable manner. The goal is to reduce the emissions and costs associated with the industries and over the longer-term to allow cleaner alternatives, such as gas, to displace coal-fired electricity.

Fusion Power »

Fusion is the process that powers the sun and stars. It has the potential to deliver effectively limitless, clean, base-load power for future generations. ANU researchers, technologies and expertise are strongly linked into the next step burning fusion experiment, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France.

Hydrogen Economy »

Hydrogen research at ANU spans the entire hydrogen value chain from generation and storage to social licence to operate issues, governance and economics.

Nuclear Science »

Nuclear science at ANU operates the premier laboratory in Australia for accelerator-based research in nuclear physics, providing and developing experimental facilities for local staff and external users.

Renewable Fuels »

Research into renewable fuels (formerly known as biofuels) at ANU takes place in three research schools.

Smart Grid »

The Smart Grid cluster conducts research into the use of control, communications, optimisation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and analytics to support future energy systems. This research centres on the following areas: grid integration of renewables and storage; microgrids; energy price and solar forecasting; demand response, and home and building energy management.

Solar Photovoltaics »

Photovoltaics research at ANU is at the global cutting edge, spanning the entire spectrum of solar electricity technologies—from solar forecasting, to fabricating high-efficiency PV cells, to integrating renewables with storage capacity into the grid.

Solar Thermal »

The Solar Thermal cluster's leading-edge research encompasses basic sciences, engineering and techno-economics for development and advancement of solar thermal and hybrid energy conversion technologies.

Sustainable Transport »

Transport is the second largest source of carbon emissions in Australia after electricity production. The transport sector will need to change significantly for Australian and international greenhouse emission targets to be achieved. Research at ANU focusses on sustainable transport policy and renewable energy for transport.

Wind Energy »

The Wind Energy cluster and its partner organisation the WindScape Institute cover a wide range of wind assessment, wind development and renewables integration topics.