$4.5 million for Australian National University research and development projects

The Turnbull Government is investing over $4.5 million in the Australian National University (ANU) to enable it to develop partnerships with industry in the renewables space.

In total, the Turnbull Government is providing $17 million funding for nine research and development projects to deliver renewable energy technologies and solutions suited to the 21st century.

“The Government is driving innovation in renewables by aligning the nation’s big thinkers with industry needs, and strengthening partnerships between government, research institutions and industry,” Minister Hunt said.

“The breadth of projects is significant, and brings utilities, network and power companies together with the mining, agriculture, finance and property development sectors to advance a range of renewable energy technologies including storage, solar, concentrating solar thermal, wave and biofuels.”

Senator Seselja welcomed the significant investment in the research institution and ACT economy.

“The Government will provide over $1 million for researchers at the ANU to manage solar integration challenges with solutions such as energy storage technologies and demand management,” Senator Seselja said.

“$2.9 million is being made available for ANU researchers to develop an innovative automated control platform and new payment structures that will enable Australians with battery systems to provide support services to the electricity network, benefiting both the network and the consumer.”

“A further $875,000 is being provided to researchers to develop a cost-effective robotic inspection system for automated inspection of solar power plant facilities.”

The collaborative partnerships developed through this timely research and development round will help ensure Australia’s world-class renewable energy research is translated into commercial outcomes that increase the economic, social and environmental return on investment in research and development.