Solar power: energy from the sun
CSIRO is a world leader in solar research. As renewable energy becomes more and more important to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, CSIRO is making solar power more efficient and effective.
Renewable Energy Integration Facility
Researchers at the Renewable Energy Integration Facility are examining new grid design and operation techniques that can significantly transform electricity networks.
Climate Adaptation Flagship
Enabling Australia to adapt more effectively to the impacts of climate change and variability and informing national planning, regulation and investment decisions.
CSIRO is developing new technologies and systems which use solar thermal energy to provide low emission cooling - or heating - for buildings and refrigeration for food storage.
Mr Paul Graham: energy economist
Mr Paul Graham, an economist with expertise in energy market analysis, forecasting and economic modelling, is interested in the role and flexibility of technology in managing risk.
The Energy Futures Forum (EFF)
The Energy Futures Forum completed its major objectives and released its final report The heat is on: the future of energy in Australia in December 2006.
Climate questions: Can the warming of the 20th century be explained by natural processes?
It is often claimed that the observed warming of the climate system results from natural climate processes rather than being human-induced. However, there are no known natural factors that can explain the observed warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds it is very likely that most of the observed global warming since the mid 20th century is due to anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases.
Want to save fuel? Lighten Up! (Podcast 08 Aug 2008)
Sam Tartaglia from CSIRO’s Light Metals Flagship says we can save on fuel costs, simply by driving lighter, safer vehicles. In this podcast, Sam explains how the use of light metals to take just 100 kilograms off the weight of our cars can save us 53 cents a litre every 100 kilometres. (4:59)
UltraBattery: no ordinary battery
This innovative advancement on conventional battery design from the Energy Transformed National Research Flagship delivers low cost, long life, high performance power and provides a solution for future energy storage needs.
Dr Andrew Ash: Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship
Dr Andrew Ash leads CSIRO's research on adapting to life in a changing climate. As the Director of the Climate Adaptation Flagship, he oversees a large and diverse portfolio of research activities across Australia.
Improving ventilation and thermal comfort in buildings
The combination of modelling expertise, experimentally-based data and CSIRO software is helping to address ventilation and thermal issues in built environments. The technology is producing gains in energy efficiency and the health of indoor environment.
Engineering underpins processing capabilities
A pilot-scale sintering facility in Queensland, Australia is helping researchers better understand the processing behaviour of lower-grade iron ores – information crucial for achieving the best sinter performance from these resources while reducing the process’s environmental impact.