Led by Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, the Frontier Energy Technologies Research Centre is focused on developing emerging energy technologies, energy productivity and efficiency, emission reduction and future growth in exports of energy products.
Recognised for research excellence into novel energy solutions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the process industries, the power generation sector and the domestic market, the group applies this knowledge to the development of new and innovative abatement and energy platforms and associated commercialisation opportunities.
The group works actively in partnership with industry and government to offer insights into improving energy performance and costs, and to enhance understanding of scientific principles around research priorities. With thematic areas including low emission technologies and energy efficiency and process intensification, research priorities include:
- Ventilation air methane abatement technologies
- Oxy-fuel and chemical looping technologies
- Energy efficiency in process industries
- Waste heat recovery and waste minimisation
- Renewable technologies including geothermal and solar assisted power generation
- Building thermal efficiency
- Micro-energy systems
The group has recently received $30 million in Commonwealth and industry funding to develop world-leading abatement technologies for fugitive methane emissions from underground coal mining operations. The new technologies could reduce these emissions from the sector by as much as 90 percent and reduce Australia's annual greenhouse gas output by three percent.
Through the collective strength of industry, government and an interdisciplinary cohort of world-class researchers, the group is well positioned to successfully address national research priorities and issues of global significance.