futurEnergy is an online portal that provides an energy system model for Australia. futurEnergy will allow users to develop their own version of Australia's future energy system.
Renewable Energy Integration Laboratory
MUREIL simulates the National Electricity Market to address whether the market will be able to cope with increasing renewable penetration.
The Thermodynamics Laboratory in the School of Engineering undertakes fundamental and applied studies of combustion and combustion engines. We focus on the combustion of conventional and alternative fuels and the control of conventional and hybrid systems.
Energy Storage, Liquid Air and Pumped Hydro
Is energy storage the 'next big thing' that will enable greater deployment of renewable energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions? If so, will energy storage be found at centralised grid locations, at substations throughout the network, or in the garages and utility rooms of homes and businesses? By what mechanisms will it be implemented? How will the benefits of energy storage be shared among those who generate, distribute, sell, and buy energy?
Prefabricated Reusable Building Modules
The aim of this project is to assess the life-cycle environmental benefits of prefabricated building modules. It will combine assessment methods for strength, durability, embodied energy and emissions, as well as thermal performance modelling techniques, to quantify impacts of prefabricated modular buildings.
Centre for Energy Systems
The Energy Systems Centre of Excellence is a new initiative at The University of Melbourne. In its early stages the Centre has three main goals to develop novel energy technologies, undertake evidence based analysis and educate new industry professionals.
Recovery of Biodiesel Lipids from Microalgal Biomass
Large-scale cultivation of microalgae for the sustainable production of biofuels and other products is now recognised as a promising possibility for scaling biofuels. However, growth and processing of microalgae is highly complex and much technological and scientific development is required to create effective and efficient means of production.
Carbon Capture and Storage
All predominant forms of coal-fired power result in very large emissions of carbon dioxide. Given carbon dioxide is the major contributor to the global warming problem, these emissions must be reduced if coal to remain widely used. Emissions reductions can be achieved by increasing the power plant efficiency, or alternatively, the carbon dioxide can be separated from the power station flue gases, compressed to a liquid-like state and then stored underground at a suitable site. This is known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), although it is sometimes also referred to as geosequestration.The separation of carbon dioxide from the flue gases is the most expensive component of the CCS process. Research is being undertaken into the use of both solvent and membrane technologies for carbon capture.