Solar dish

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...


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...

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Alejandro Vidal


Master of Engineering - Solar Energy Technologies '15
With a passion for solar fuel production, Alejandro hopes to use his knowledge to develop and implement renewable energy in Chile where natural...
Renewable energy
This online lecture will give an overview of the astonishing growth in renewables that we’ve seen to date, and discuss what we can expect for the...
Map of global potential locations for pumped-hydro energy storage
1 Apr 2019
The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science Researchers have completed a global audit of 530,000 potential locations for pumped-hydro energy storage that...

16 Jun 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified 185 sites in South Australia potentially suitable for pumped hydro storage, which may help...
18 May 2017
Engineers have invented tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise...
4 Apr 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have achieved a new record efficiency for low-cost semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough...
20 Mar 2017
The Australian Government has announced a $2 billion expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme, involving new tunnels and pumped hydro storage, designed to help stabilise...
17 Mar 2017
Former ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, has been appointed an honorary Associate Professor at the Research School of Electrical,...
27 Feb 2017
Pumped hydro storage can be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy, a new study from The Australian...
2 Feb 2017
ANU Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering PhD student Will Logie has been recognised by renowned climate and renewable energy experts at...
21 Nov 2016
For the second year in a row, a PhD student from the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering has taken...
14 Nov 2016
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough...

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