Sydney: Lucas Heights, NSW (Lucas Heights)

  • 6 November 2009 | Updated 18 December 2012

CSIRO’s Lucas Heights site is located in the Sutherland Shire about 40 km south of the centre of the state capital of New South Wales, Sydney. 

It is part of a larger site which is operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Approximately 80 staff members work at CSIRO's Lucas Heights facilities on projects designed to benefit the community, government and industry, including:

CSIRO's Lucas Heights site provides facilities for over 80 CSIRO staff members and their scientific projects.
  • environmental impact assessment
  • water quality
  • air quality
  • greenhouse gas mitigation
  • hydrogen production
  • instrument systems for on-line analysis
  • sustainable minerals
  • Secure Australia.

Our research projects at Lucas Heights aim to:

  • improve the assessment of environmental contaminants from energy, minerals and other industries as part of the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research
  • boost the efficiency of natural gas by producing and adding hydrogen and reforming it into a synthesised gas
  • mitigate the emissions associated with oxidising methane in power generation applications
  • deliver on-line solutions for analysis and control problems in the minerals and processing technologies industries using nuclear, microwave, ultrasonic, soft sensors and optical technologies
  • deliver real-time analysis capability for screening of freight and persons in regard to security.

Key contacts

Key contacts at CSIRO's Lucas Heights site are:

  • CSIRO Energy Technology - Dr John Carras
  • CSIRO Process Science and Engineering - Dr Nick Cutmore
  • CSIRO Land and Water and Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research - Dr Graeme Batley.

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