Our energy research aims to support and inform an energy transition. A transition to a reliable, net zero emissions energy future, at lowest cost. This includes R&D support for transformations across all parts of the energy sector - electricity, industry, transport and exports.
We're focused on delivering in six key impact areas:
Reduce emissions and improve environmental performance through:
- opportunities for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) research and development;
- creating value from carbon waste streams via the synthesis of materials into new chemicals, fuels and materials;
- supporting innovative low-emissions energy sources and technologies to create new business opportunities;
- reducing energy demand and costs through energy efficiency technologies and building automation.
With increasing emphasis on renewable energy technologies, there is a growing need for more renewable energy generation and storage solutions. The electricity, industrial and transport sectors will demand new energy science and digital technologies for significant impact across the economy.
Electricity network transformation
We are building energy simulation and analysis tools, and state-of-the-art facilities, to inform investments in electricity grid systems
Our research aims to deliver systems that enable industries to:
- shift from fossil energy to renewable sources of electricity,
- automate and optimise industrial processes, and
- increase energy productivity.
Develop and demonstrate viable technologies for the creation, storage, transport and use of hydrogen as a future energy source and export industry.
Throughout the energy transition, the electricity market and industrial sectors will require the flexibility that gas can provide to ensure supply security. Our research focuses on dispatchable electricity generation that enables system strength, frequency stabilisation and emissions reduction. Reducing extraction, processing and conversion costs will enable natural gas to play a critical role in the electricity market as coal-fired generation is reduced.