NSW Government backs unique NUW Energy project by three of Australia’s leading universities

Saturday, 21 November 2020

NUW Energy, an Australian-first collaboration of the best researchers from three leading universities, is working on finding the best solutions to Australia’s future energy needs and on ways to lower energy costs for households.

NUW Alliance CEO, Matt Gijselman, said he was pleased to formally announce the partnership of NUW Energy.

“NUW Energy is a unique collaboration of our best and brightest researchers seeking innovative ways of lowering energy bills for NSW households and businesses,” Mr Gijselman said.

NUW Energy draws upon the research expertise across the University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney and the University of Wollongong, to explore one of the most significant challenges facing Australia – our energy future.

The NUW Energy project will work closely with Government and industry to provide a data and research driven approach to policy-setting and decision-making, along with driving regional economic growth and job opportunities in the sector.

“NUW Energy is focused on the delivery of safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy to power New South Wales now and into the future,” Mr Gijselman added.

The formation of the NUW Alliance has been given the green light by The Hon. Matt Kean, Minister for Energy and Environment.

“There has never been a more important time for this Alliance to come together. And there have never been bigger challenges facing our State,” Mr Kean said.

“These extraordinary times lend new urgency to the purpose of NUW Energy, to explore the challenges of climate, energy and the environment and to find new solutions that sustain our economic prosperity and ensure the health of the environment.”

Professor Valerie Linton, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong said the collaboration was unlike anything previously seen in Australian higher education.

“There is nothing you could throw at us that we couldn’t grapple with because of our depth and breadth of experience,” Prof. Linton said.

“Collaborations and alliances like this are the way of the future. Building capabilities and multi-faceted approach to solving the really big challenges that face society.”

Professor Alan Broadfoot is the Executive Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources.

“As individual institutions, we are centres of excellence. When we act together, we can deliver competitive advantage in advanced energy integration,” Prof. Broadfoot said.

“It’s important that industry, government and academia work together because there is not a solution in just one sector.”

Justine Jarvinen, CEO UNSW Energy Institute, added that each university brought highly impressive skillsets to the project.

“NUW Energy allows us to take the unique capabilities of the University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney and University of Wollongong and combine them in ways that can amplify our impact,” Ms Jarvinen added.

“We see hydrogen as part of a whole energy ecosystem, where we can bring our expertise and add it to the expertise of our colleagues in Newcastle and Wollongong and ask, ‘how do we create a hydrogen economy for NSW and Australia?’”

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