We're creating innovative new material-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and efficiently store and separate gases. We also work with industry on ways to improve gas flow and processing for greater productivity.
Finding innovative ways to lower carbon emissions
As world energy demands increase, new technologies are needed to maximise hydrocarbon recovery, provide alternative energy sources, and offer sustainable approaches to lower carbon emissions and handle unwanted by-products.
The challenge is to capture the possibilities opened up by new materials in the energy and environment space.
Harnessing MOFs to capture harmful gases
A highly promising development are metal organic frameworks (MOFs), a sponge-like material with huge potential for capturing carbon dioxide and removing other harmful contaminants from the environment.
Our focus is on on applying MOFs for gas storage and separation. For example, we developed a membrane embedded with crystals that efficiently separates natural gas from contaminants and lasts much longer than traditional membranes. We are working with the gas industry to see if they can be used to replace multi-storey processing plants with smaller, truck-sized systems.
Other materials we're developing for the energy sector include:
- smarter control of fluid flow in oil/gas reservoirs to enhance production
- maintaining flow of recovered natural gas in subsea pipelines
- flow assurance
- offshore gas processing
- gas storage
- managing unwanted solid production in oil/gas reservoirs
- repair of subsea pipelines.
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We partner with small and large companies, government and industry in Australia and around the world.