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Our energy research focuses on the development and advancement of renewable energy technologies for electricity, fuels and materials production, industrial processes, and heating and cooling applications.

The investigations are predominantly related to solar energy conversion through photovoltaic, thermal, thermochemical and hybrid systems. We also study hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass and thermoelectric systems, compatible energy storage technologies, from thermal to thermochemical to electrochemical, as well as grid integration.

Research projects address challenges in basic sciences, engineering, system integration and techno-economics, which result in fundamental technology discoveries, device and system prototypes, and commercial products.

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Energy Storage

Our global energy systems are currently in rapid transformation, particularly through uptake of photovoltaic and wind power, driven by emissions...

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Light is essential to our daily lives—in fact, new light-based technologies are helping to find solutions to global challenges in energy,...


Photovoltaics research at ANU is at the global cutting edge, spanning the entire spectrum of solar electricity technologies—from solar forecasting...

Solar Dish at ANU

Our leading-edge research encompasses basic sciences, engineering and techno-economics for development and advancement of solar thermal and hybrid...

Academic staff


Technical staff



Alejandro Vidal

Alejandro Vidal

Master of Engineering, Solar Energy Technologies
“My interest in engineering started during high school, I was good at maths and science and I had a talent for building and fixing stuff.  I was...

Andrew Blakers

"I studied physics and maths at school and at ANU, intending to become an astronomer, but then decided that solar energy was a much more useful area...

Dr Antonio Tricoli

Dr Antonio Tricoli is a Research Fellow in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at The Australian National University. Nanotechnology is a...

Kylie Catchpole

Research Fellow at the ANU Research School of Engineering
Kylie Catchpole is Research Fellow at the ANU Research School of Engineering. She describes the aim of her research very simply, as "better, cheaper...
Lachlan Blackhall
30 Nov 2015
ANU Alumnus and Chief Technology Officer of Canberra-based firm Reposit Power, Lachlan Blackhall, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Batterham Medal for...
Andres Cuevas
16 Oct 2015
Professor Andrés Cuevas has been awarded the 2015 Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics. The award recognises his scientific merits in the...
Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt to lead ANU
24 Jun 2015
Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). He will take up the position on 1 January 2016...
ANU leads Australia in global subject rankings
29 Apr 2015
ANU has secured its position as Australia's top university in the latest QS global subject rankings. ANU has been rated in the top 10 in the world in four subjects...
Kylie Catchpole honoured in Academy of Science Awards
24 Nov 2014
ANU scientists have been honoured for their contributions to maths and sciences, winning a host of major awards from the Australian Academy of Sciences. Among the...
Engineering Students take out awards at prestigious conference
29 Oct 2014
James Bullock and Thomas Allen, both PhD students in Engineering have taken out awards at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, the oldest and most...
Solar soldiers have their day in the sun
24 Sep 2014
All images used in this story have been provided by the Department of Defence. The Australian National University (ANU) is a step closer to solving one of the...
New funds to bolster ANU clean energy research
26 Aug 2014
The ANU will enhance its position as a leader in clean energy research after receiving $9 million in new funding for five major research and development projects....
High-efficiency solar cell developed at ANU
5 Mar 2014
Researchers from the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems and Trina Solar, have developed a new high-efficiency solar cell. The laboratory scale Interdigitated...
ANU and The Netherlands demonstrate the power of solar energy
22 Oct 2013
f we’ve been reminded of one thing this month, it is that solar energy is on the up and is a very powerful resource! Advancements in solar energy and automotive...

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