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.
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 more than 38 million litres of water every year.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.