The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) is leading research in sustainable energy production and use to benefit the community, the economy, and industry.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Education Investment Fund Project

NIER is an Australian Government initiative, funded through the Education Investment Fund, and is generously supported by the NSW Government. The objectives of the project are to build and establish a world-class facility and to create a critical mass of leading researchers, across disciplines, to undertake innovation research for next generation energy and distribution solutions and minimising energy usage in the resources sector.

NIER is the centrepiece of the University's Energy and Resources Precinct and comprises extensive mineral, chemical and related technical laboratories, workshops, offices and five industrialā€scale pilot plant workshops. The project has involved the refurbishment of existing buildings and integration works to link the site to the Callaghan campus. The project has also included the design and construction of an additional state-of-the-art research building (see fly-through video below). This construction comprises multiple developments with Stage 1A completed in November 2013 and Stage 1B (an extension to the 1A development) due for completion in September 2015. The construction of this research infrastructure and capacity for industrial-scale research projects will ensure NIER as the preeminent and most comprehensive energy and resources research institute of its kind in Australia.

NIER - new research building stage 1A construction

Major Project Partners

APP Principal Consultant
HY Principal Contractor - Stage 1B
Cockram  Principal Contractor - Stage 1A