Capabilities

Earth being held in someone's hands

UNSW has world-class research facilities and hundreds of energy experts with a strong reputation for excellence, rigour  and relevance.

We ask and answer “big questions”, and seek to achieve tangible, long term impact. The Institute provides credible advocacy in the public domain, supported by modelling and research.

The Institute is informed by a strong legacy of deep research capabilities across the entire energy value chain 

  • Science and technology: traditional and renewable energy, energy storage, energy systems and integration, power-to-gas and gas-to-power, digital grids, energy efficiency and productivity, energy-smart precincts and buildings, energy access and affordability. 
  • Public policy, economics and market design, laws, standards and regulation, social acceptance and energy equity.

Operating across Faculty and School boundaries, the Energy Institute magnifies and accelerates UNSW’s impact so that the “whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. We collaborate with renowned UNSW centres and institutes in energy-adjacent domains

  • Energy-transport nexus: UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation; 
  • Energy-water nexus: UNSW Global Water Institute;  
  • Energy-climate nexus: UNSW Climate Change Research Centre.

Breadth of expertise

The UNSW Energy Institute recognises the ubiquity of current energy technologies and fuels, and the need to transition to cleaner, more efficient and productive energy solutions.

The global energy transition will involve a portfolio of responses, and UNSW is uniquely positioned, with experts in a range of relevant research areas, including science and technology, market design and regulation, public policy and social equity. Our expertise ranges from traditional energy sources to clean energy. In clean energy topics alone, we have 160 areas of unique capability.

Our energy storage expertise 

Addressing energy storage solutions is now critical and at the forefront of world economic policy and corporate investment.UNSW has both broad and deep expertise in energy storage solutions, with more than 50 storage capabilities,  including battery storage (development, characterisation and manufacturing), mechanical storage, thermal storage, bioreactor storage, hydrogen, storage for vehicles, and integrating and optimising storage.

For more information and research highlights, download our Energy Storage Capability Portfolio.

Core capabilities

Solar at UNSW

Striving towards 30% solar PV cell efficiencies and 30c per watt capital costs at scale

Energy Storage at UNSW

Striving towards 1,000GWh of beneficial storage in Australia by 2050

Clean Fuels at UNSW

Striving to drive down the production cost of renewable hydrogen to below $2/kg

Digital Grid at UNSW

Striving to deliver a power system that can support 100% renewable generation by 2050

Energy Markets at UNSW

Striving towards least-cost and least-regret integration of renewables into energy markets