Renewable and sustainableenergy conversion is a major focus of current research activities worldwide to meet the accelerating energy needs. About 13 terawatts (TW) of energy is currently needed to sustain the lifestyle of 6.5 billion people worldwide and it is predicted that by 2030 an additional 10TW of clean energy will be essential to maintain the current lifestyle. Highly efficient, cost effective advanced materials for clean and renewable energy technologies including solar cells, fuel cells, artificial photosynthesis, energy storage devices and batteries are emerging themes of research to address energy security, pollution, and to address the problem of global climate changes. Many government and national agencies including Australia are developing long-term strategies towards a sustainable energy platform. To meet the target and to make a significant impact in the area requires a platform for collaborative research efforts with relevant collaborators and industries. Training a new generation of researchers in the multidisciplinary areas is also critical. In the last 10 years, Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark), University of South Australia (UNISA) made significant effort to develop advanced materials for diverse range of renewable energy technologies including fuel cells, fuel cell membranes, electrocatalysts, electrodes, semiconductor nanoparticles for energy conversion, and more recently on artificial photosynthesis, organic photovoltaics and advanced manufacturing including nano-fabrication. Several projects conducted on those areas are indicators of the research priority and research theme of the university.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2014|