Green energy focus of new research centre
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
A new research centre established at the University of Adelaide aims to become a world leader in the development of alternative energy technologies as well as cleaner, "greener" combustion.
The new Centre for Energy Technology hopes to make an important contribution to a global reduction in CO2 emissions, through the development of innovative research and technology in partnership with industry.
"In the face of climate change, technological developments will provide important solutions needed by our society to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutant emissions. New developments are required both to minimise emissions from existing energy systems, and to increase utilisation of alternative energy sources," says the Director of the new Centre, Professor Gus Nathan.
Professor Nathan, based in the University's School of Mechanical Engineering, is an expert in sustainable energy, air pollution control and advanced combustion technology. He is renowned for his work with industry to develop cleaner technologies in sectors spanning power generation, minerals processing and transport fuels.
He was one of the key researchers involved in developing the flame and combustion system for the Olympic torch and cauldron for the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and he is actively engaged in emerging technologies such as geothermal and wind power.
"Adelaide has world-leading expertise in energy technology, and our research and links with industry have already led to major advancements in the reduction of CO2 and other noxious emissions from fossil fuel combustion," Professor Nathan says.
"This new Centre brings together the wide range of expertise from across the University of Adelaide, and provides new capacity for engagement with industry and government agencies, all with the singular focus of supporting the transition to a clean energy future."
The Centre aims to do this through:
- more sustainable utilisation of fossil and alternative fuels;
- utilisation of alternative energy sources, including wind, wave, solar and geothermal energy;
- development of technologies that increase the efficient utilisation of fuel;
- development of technologies that utilise waste heat;
- development of technologies to help mitigate the release of CO2 into the atmosphere from uncontrolled fires;
- development of long-term relationships with industry, government research partners and the community.
Director, Centre for Energy Technology
and Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
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