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.