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Australia's largest solar thermal research hub

The first of its kind in Australia, this large-scale demonstration site will be an international hub for researching and commercialising concentrated solar energy technologies.

Cooling supercomputers using geothermal energy

CSIRO has developed a geothermal solution for cooling the Pawsey Centre supercomputer in Perth. This innovative project is the first of its kind in Australia, and is expected to save 14.5 million litres of water in its first two years' of operation.

Air Conditioning Research Facilities

CSIRO has established a team of building energy experts and state-of-the-art test facilities to develop and assess conventional air conditioning and new solar cooling techniques and technologies.

Solar cooling

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.

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.

A tour of the CSIRO Energy Centre

Take a tour of CSIRO’s state-of-the-art Energy Centre and see why it sets the benchmark in ecologically sustainable design. (11:33) Take a tour of CSIRO’s state-of-the-art Energy Centre

The National Solar Energy Centre

The National Solar Energy Centre is a focal point for solar research in Australia, bringing together state-of-the-test facilities for solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and solar cooling research and product development.

Intelligent Energy: finding smarter ways to use electricity

Pioneering low-carbon, efficient energy systems for households, industry, cities and the nation.

Zero Emission House

CSIRO's Australian Zero Emission House project is working on ways to bring about a dramatic and significant reduction in greenhouse emissions in Australian housing to mitigate the adverse impacts of a changing climate. (6 pages)

Wind energy research unit

Our Wind Energy Research Unit has demonstrated Australia’s wind energy potential with pioneering research that has identified wind-farm sites and helps predict their average wind energy yield.

A Virtual Power Station for renewable energy

The Virtual Power Station (VPS) project is linking dispersed renewable energy generation and storage systems to create a single ‘virtual’ power station that can feed into the electricity grid

UltraBattery FAQs

The UltraBattery is an advanced energy storage system with applications for hybrid electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. The technology will be commercially available in the automotive and motive power sectors in 2009.

Supercapacitors: small devices with loads of power

A video which looks at CSIRO research which has led the world in creating supercapacitors, tiny high-power devices for storing electrical energy. (3:00) Find out how nanotechnology has been used to create tiny devices for storing electrical energy.

Second generation biofuels

CSIRO is assessing current technology for developing second generation biofuels obtained from lignocellulose with a particular focus on conversion processes.

Q&A: organic photovoltaic printable plastic solar cells

Flexible, large area, cost-effective, reel-to-reel printable plastic solar cells: your questions answered.

Developing solutions for low emission fuels

CSIRO’s alternative transport fuels research explores the feasibility of alternatives to traditional fuel types, such as petrol or diesel, and looks at the possible biophysical, social and economic impacts of their production and adoption.

King Island's win-win

The hunt for an alternative fuel source on remote King Island led researchers to develop a solution which met fuel requirements and addressed a waste cardboard issue. 

Energy management by linked local controllers

CSIRO is developing control devices and software for homes and businesses that integrates and manages the energy needs of each major appliance, demands on the grid, and the needs and preferences of building occupants.

The Integrated Rankine Cycle project

The Integrated Rankine Cycle project examines how to utilise waste heat and consequently provides a number of pathways toward greenhouse gas reduction. The Integrated Rankine Cycle project provides a method for producing solar thermal renewable electricity and for enhancing the efficiency of current and future fossil fuel distributed generation.  Consequently it provides a number of pathways toward greenhouse gas reduction.

Improving energy efficiency

Our research program is designed to improve the efficiency of energy generation from fossil fuels. Our research program is designed to improve the efficiency of energy generation from fossil fuels. We also investigate a broad range of technologies and practices in both traditional and future methods of energy generation.

Energy harvesting for sensor nodes

CSIRO scientists and engineers are developing new energy harvesting devices to capture energy from diverse sources to provide power for wireless sensor nodes.

Energy harvesting

CSIRO is developing alternative renewable energy generation technologies which rely on low level energy sources, such as vibrations and human movement, to produce electricity.

Energy generation and storage

We’ve got the power – CSIRO is generating and storing energy. Now and for the future, CSIRO is researching how to efficiently create energy from existing and new sources and how to store it.

Energy efficiency explained

When it comes to motors, energy efficiency refers to the amount of useful work done by a motor for the amount of energy it consumes. Here we explain how efficiency is calculated.  

Energy for buildings

CSIRO is developing technologies and tools to control how energy is used, managed and generated in buildings, offices and homes.

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