Science and industry hunt for new in oil starved future (Podcast 11 Jul 2008)
A joint industry/CSIRO forum in Melbourne today will examine the fuels of the future, in light of predictions that oil will cost between $2.00 and $8.00 a litre within the next decade. According to Paul Graham, from CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship, the alternatives include biofuels made from non-food materials and even algae. (5:35)
Building a green online community (Podcast 18 Sep 2008)
The decisions our developers and planners make today will have profound impacts on the places where we live and work in the future. In this podcast, CSIRO researcher Michael Ambrose talks about the potential the new website yourdevelopment.org has to assist in the building of a greener Australia. (3:12)
The 'virtual' power station (Podcast 19 Sep 2008)
A growing population and economy means an ever-increasing demand for power from Australia's existing electricity supply network. In this podcast, Dr John Ward from CSIRO Energy Technology talks about a solution to our growing energy needs. (3:47)
Water and Energy Saving Cities (Podcast 24 Oct 2008)
The CSIRO report Water-energy futures for Melbourne examines the challenges a large city faces in providing water for their growing populations. In this podcast, Steven Kenway from the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship discusses these challenges. (4:58)
Fuelling the future with bioproducts (Podcast 13 Mar 2009)
With the demand for oil increasing as supplies begin to dwindle, there has been shift towards bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. Sugarcane is already used as a source of ethanol fuel, but research into the plant shows it has a lot more to offer in bioproducts. (3:53)
Food, fuel or both? (Podcast 24 Jul 2009)
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), CSIRO researchers have been awarded a AU$1.6 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Plant Feedstock Genomics program. The research will increase our understanding of genes responsible for growth and yield in grasses for use as bio-energy and food crops. (4:29)
CSIRO Technology captures China's CO2 (Podcast 15 Aug 2008)
A new joint project in Beijing has the potential to answer the biggest environmental question of our age – how do we protect our atmosphere from the damaging carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power stations? In this podcast, Chief of CSIRO’s Energy Technology Division, Dr David Brockway, explains a process which can potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 85 per cent from power stations. (6:04)
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.
Victorian Electric Vehicle Trial
CSIRO is working with the Victorian Government in Australia’s largest electric vehicle trial to understand how to integrate electric vehicles into the current and future electricity grid.
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.
Platform-free oil and gas extraction
Current estimates suggest Australia has over A$1 trillion of oil and gas reserves that cannot be developed by conventional methods. With sub-sea and down-hole technologies, this resource is no longer out of reach.