Our research

We’re the world's leading solar & renewable energy research school.

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SPREE research projects are supported by $67 million in external funding for 2019-20, with $8.2 million in industry partnerships.

With funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), our research initiatives continue to deliver world records in photovoltaic cell efficiencies year-on-year and in over 40 years of innovation. Our award-winning researchers are working at the leading edge of the materials sciences in collaborations with our institutional partners both across Australia and overseas.

Get to know our people and their ground-breaking work in solar PV and renewable energy by exploring our current research groups, their projects and world-class lab facilities. You can also search our staff members to find the right supervisor for you.

Research activities

Learn about the areas of solar power and renewable energy research that we have under exploration and connect with our world-leading researchers. Prospective higher research degree students are invited to contact researchers directly with queries about joining our record-breaking teams at SPREE.

Australian Centre of Advanced Photovoltaics

The Australian Centre of Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) is led by our school. ACAP is generously funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and fosters collaboration between our partner institutions. The work at ACAP is putting Australia at the forefront of the global renewable energy transition.
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Software, data & links

Explore our open source and shared research materials. We offer these global renewable energy resources to help you find searchable databases, free software and more.

Research public seminars

SPREE is pleased to publicly share our extensive library of free public seminars delivered by our researchers as well as by visiting international academics and industry leaders.
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Our research degrees

We offer comprehensive pathways into a research career in solar and renewables. Explore our postgraduate research degrees and take your study to the next level.

Our people

Meet our leadership team or connect with a lecturer, supervisor, professor, research associate and more using our search tool. Contact our Communications Officer to submit all media inquiries.


Undergraduate research opportunities

UNSW Engineering offers undergraduate students a variety of opportunities to gain experience in cutting-edge research beyond their thesis. Work alongside the best academic minds in your field while making strides to increase our understanding of your chosen field. Discover the wealth of opportunities to make a difference.

Find a research supervisor

If you’re considering a future in research but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Our helpful database of research supervisors will make it simpler to find the right academic to guide your journey. Search our list of UNSW Engineering postgraduate research supervisors and familiarise yourself with our postgraduate research programs.

Centres & institutes

Our research centres and institutes are internationally recognised for solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. Work with leaders in the field, using unrivalled equipment and facilities as you pursue challenges in a supportive and collaborative environment.