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ANU Energy Change Institute Annual Report 2018

2018 was a milestone year for the Energy Change Institute. The outstanding achievement was winning the ANU Grand Challenge for their major transdisciplinary research proposal, Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. The Grand Challenge research program combines worldleading ANU expertise in energy and in the Asia-Pacific – the region which will create two thirds of the world’s energy demand growth in the next two decades.

ECI researchers also won around $4 million in ARENA funding for research that will feed into a future hydrogen economy, and are investigating other avenues for expanding this enterprise in collaboration with researchers around the country. To reflect their strong research capability in this field, the ECI will establish a new research cluster on the hydrogen economy commencing in 2019.

2018 also saw the commencement of the ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration program with the appointment of its research director and entrepreneurial fellow, Dr Lachlan Blackhall. This program, an $8 million joint venture between the ACT Government and the ANU over 5 years, will create a joint team across the College of Science and the College of Engineering and Computer Science that will establish the University and the Australian Capital Territory as a key player in the field. They will also look to amplify this program through a broader collaborative enterprise with researchers from around the country to address the significant challenges to the grid as we transform our energy systems.

The ECI have also embarked on a new public policy initiative thanks to a generous endowment from JWLand, which will fund joint secondments with the Department of the Environment and Energy to work with the ECI over the next few years. The secondees will work on research programmes of mutual interest, including potentially the ECI Grand Challenge.

All this and more included in the ANU Energy Change Institute's Annual Report 2018, accessible here.

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