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Our Priorities

Our aim is to meet global mining and energy challenges with multidisciplinary (not just traditional geoscience and geomechanical) solutions. The Institute is aiming to be a leading research and educational facility for the mining and energy sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.

To read about our vision and objectives, see our Annual Report.

Research Priorities

Our research priorities are clearly linked to key global challenges.

Sustainable Energy  Innovative technologies for a clean energy future, such as the Solar Thermal for Alumina, Biofuels from Microalgae, Energy Knowledge Bank and Energy Innovation Consortium projects.

Reliable, Low Cost, Clean & Sustainable Energy Technology

Deep Resources A wide range of research to understand large to small scale geological settings.

Deep Resources

Deep Mining Resource engineering to solve problems caused by deep mining operations.

Deep Mining

Complex Processing The Copper-Uranium Research Hub and the Iron Oxide (FOX) Project get into the nitty gritty to solve industry challenges.

Complex processing & Resource Extraction

Tight Energy Resources Research to define and recover oil, gas and geothermal resources. Includes the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP).

Tight Petroleum & Geothermal Energy Resources

Research Centres

The University of Adelaide is unique in Australia for its strong research and teaching groups in geology and geophysics, petroleum engineering, mining engineering and energy technology, as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

We maximise these core strengths across three centres:

Centre for Energy Technology The Centre for Energy Technology (CET) delivers innovative technologies for a clean energy future.

Centre for Energy Technology

South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research The research of enhanced (engineered) geothermal systems and power systems to improve the economic and environmental delivery of geothermal energy.

South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research

Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration The Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration (TRaX) sheds light on the evolving Earth and its resource potential.

Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration


Our portfolio of projects also extends to the following research areas:

Complex Mineral Processing

Deep Mining

Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources

The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


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