Innovative, clean, green sustainable energy systems

Without energy, we can’t live. Simple. From sunlight, to fossil fuels, energy is the cornerstone of the existence and evolution of the human race.

The widely accepted view is that if we are to carry on this exponential trajectory of innovation the world needs reliable sources of energy – sources that move away from the traditional fossil fuels that have powered us since the industrial revolution.

The School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW is looking deeper into the way energy is sourced and used, looking for ways to reinvent how we get it in order to feed our ever-growing energy needs.

To date we have developed some truly innovative technologies for affordable, clean and sustainable energy systems – including producing synthetic chemicals and fuels directly from sunlight, high performance storage systems that capture hydrogen, and generating biofuel from waste water purification processes.

Energy Research at UNSW Chemical Engineering

A new path for the development of effective hydrogen storage materials

 The 'hydrogen economy' enabled by borohydride storage technology 

H2 research facility at UNSW

Researchers at UNSW School of Chemical Engineering believe they have bridged the gap to one of the most important fuel sources of our time – Hydrogen. Although available in abundance, problems of storage have proved insurmountable barriers to furthering the use of this clean energy source. Now, using atomic structures, our researchers have discovered a way to harness and store hydrogen – the synthetic fuel of the future – providing a new hope for the future of directly harvesting energy from sustainable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. Find out more.

Academic and research staff in this field

Francois Aguey-Zinsou
Rose Amal
Nick Bedford Liming Dai Dipan Kundu
Emma Lovell Xunyu Lu Jason Scott
Da-Wei Wang Kuang Hsu Wu

Energy focused research centres and groups


MERLIN (Materials Energy Research   Laboratory in nanoscale)

Particles and Catalysis Research Group

Integrated Materials Design Centre

Electrochemical Storage Engineering Laboratory