Murdoch University to lead shift to clean energy

July 12, 2017

Murdoch University leads WA participation in global Energy Transition Hub

Murdoch University will lead Western Australian participation in a $20 million international Energy Transition Hub designed to generate economic and technological benefits for the State from the shift to clean energy.

Professor Parisa A. Bahri from the School of Engineering and Information Technology said involvement in this important initiative would put Murdoch researchers at the forefront of developing global solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

Professor Bahri said she was delighted that Murdoch had joined efforts to generate world-leading research and help the technical, economic and social transition to a zero-emissions economy.

Working closely with industry, Murdoch researchers will investigate the potential for replacing fossil-fuels with renewable energy (in particular solar energy) in aluminium smelting.

“The findings will offer benefits, not only for advanced aluminium smelting in Australia, but also for the wider electricity sector,” she said.

The bilateral collaboration, established by the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and German institutes, aims to lead a global shift to 100% renewable energy.

The Hub will bring together researchers from The University of Melbourne, ANU and Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Munster University’s Centre of Applied Economic Research, and the Mercator Research Institute of Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

RMIT, Monash University, the German Aerospace Centre DLR, DIW and the Hertie School of Governance will also be involved.

The significance of the new research collaboration was underlined by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the recent 2017 G20 meeting in Hamburg.

The Hub will assist Australian researchers to tap into German expertise and further unlock investment opportunities from our national renewable energy resources.

It will also provide deep engagement with all stakeholders, including fellow researchers, industry, civil society and government.

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ANDREW TAGGART July 18, 2017

A wonderful project for Murdoch. Great to have your leadership driving this R&D activity Parisa.

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