Centres, institutes and initiatives

UNSW Engineering hosts and participates in a number of world class research centres, institutes and initiatives. These centres, which include ARC Centres of Excellence, Cooperative Research Centres, University Research Centres and industry/innovation hubs, are listed below. 

Energy
ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions 

The ARC research hub aims at developing an integrated approach for energy storage solutions covering individual energy storage technologies to grid connection and control of energy storage to achieve overall robustness and efficiency of energy storage in today's energy systems.

 

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Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics 

The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) is a national Centre, funded by ARENA. ACAP conducts research and development on the next generations of photovoltaic technology providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction in photovoltaics. Headquartered at UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, the Centre includes research groups at CSIRO, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Monash University. 

 

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Australian PV Institute

UNSW is a founding member of the Australian PV Institute (APVI) which is an association of companies, agencies, individuals and academics with an interest in solar energy research, technology, manufacturing, systems, policies, programs and projects. The objective of the APVI is to support the increased development and use of PV via research, analysis and information.

 

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UNSW Energy Institute 

The UNSW Energy Institute launches coordinated strategies to address every level of the global energy challenge. We are leaders in multidisciplinary energy research, innovation and problem solving. The Institute unites energy activities across UNSW with industry, government, community stakeholders and other research institutions. 

 

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UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute 

The UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute will deliver technical solutions for both cyber-physical energy system and social-economical-legal framework to enable the energy transition towards sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply solutions.

 

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Centre for Electrochemical Technologies for Storage of Renewable Energy

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) have established an alliance to intensify research activities in the field of electrochemical energy storage systems and to establish a joint international research centre for stationary energy storage (CENELEST) at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. The aim of this cooperation is to strengthen the world-class expertise in redox flow batteries, and concurrently develop other types of batteries and fuel cells in order to cover the entire range of electrochemical energy storage needs for renewable energy

 

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Materials & Manufacturing
ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites 

AMAC provides a platform for world-class Australian capability to create high-value, high-performance composites using high-rate and error-free processes.  The Training Centre lowers the barriers for Australian industry to access, engage, adopt and propagate automated composite manufacturing innovations.

 

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ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials 

The ARC training centre aims to create knowledge in novel green flame retardants, advanced fire models, innovative fire suppression technologies and new flammability fire tests. It gears to accelrate the transfromation of UA stralia's industries in producing new fire retardant materials, high-value products and engineering services.

 

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ARC Training Centre for Chemical Industries

The ARC Training Centre - Chemical Industries provides an innovative framework for graduate training through sustainable industry engagement with world-leading academic researchers. The aim of this centre is to establish new collaboartions between chemical industries and academia.

 

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Australian National Fabrication Facility 

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) links 8 university-based nodes to provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities.
The capability provided by ANFF enables users to process hard materials (metals, composites and ceramics) and soft materials (polymers and polymer-biological moieties) and transform these into structures that have application in sensors, medical devices, nanophotonics and nanoelectronics.

 

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UNSW Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute 

The UNSW Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute aims to transform the future of materials and manufacturing research from manipulation of atomic arrangements to device fabrication and high throughput industry scale manufacturing. 

 

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UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology 

The UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology works on the development and optimisation of new materials and processes for membrane separations in environmental, energy, food, industrial and pharmaceutical applications.

 

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Infrastructure & Environment
UNSW Centre for Transformational Environmental Technologies 

The UNSW Centre for Transformational Environmental Technologies (CTET) is an R&D Centre focusing on the development and commercialisation of innovative environmental technologies. Co-funded by UNSW Sydney and the Yixing Industrial Park for Environmental Science and Technology (ES&TP), the Centre is located in the Jiangsu Innovation Centre of Industrial Technology for Environmental Protection Equipment in Yixing, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.

 

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Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety 

The Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety focuses on understanding and developing ways to investigate and predict the behaviour of engineering infrastructure under in-service and overload conditions and aims to transfrom the current practice.

 

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Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation 

UNSW’s Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) is one of only a handful of players on the world stage exploring sustainability in transport infrastructure and operations.

 

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CRC for Low Carbon Living 

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub that seeks to enable a globally competitive low carbon built environment sector and is supported by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. With a focus on collaborative innovation, we bring together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers to develop new social, technological and policy tools for facilitating the development of low carbon products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

 

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CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies 

At CO2CRC we research a range of technologies that enable the capture of carbon dioxide from fuel combustion and industrial processes. We investigate advanced monitoring techniques of CO2, once trapped in underground rock formations. Our research aims to reduce global emissions from fossil fuels, to reduce the cost of implementing carbon capture and storage technologies, while maintaining the strictest safety standards.

 

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Water
Connected Waters Initiative

The Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre is a cross-faculty centre uniting groundwater academics from across the faculties of Science (school of BEES), Law and Engineering (schools of CVEN and MERE)

 

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Global Water Institute 

The UNSW Global Water Institute (UNSW-GWI) is a world leader in water research, innovation and problem solving. The Institute is a truly multi-disciplinary venture. Drawing on water expertise from seven faculties and 13 specialist centres across the University we have created the Nation’s most advanced water knowledge hub.

 

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Water Research Laboratory 

The UNSW Water Research Laboratory, a facility of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the largest coastal-hydraulics research laboratory facility in Australia, occupying a 4ha site at the University's Northern Beaches Campus in Manly Vale. Researchers at WRL deliver a unique blend of both fundamental academic as well as applied industry/government-based research outcomes, tackling some of the most pressing water engineering challenges faced by the world today.     

 

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Water Research Centre 

The Water Research Centre (WRC) is an international leading university centre that provides multidisciplinary research in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving aquatic and atmospheric environments.

 

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Enabling Technology
CRC for Cyber Security 

The Cybersecurity CRC will deliver solutions that increase the security of critical infrastructure and provide cyber security solutions that benefit businesses and their customers. 

 

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Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research 

ACSER develops missions, concepts and payloads for space applications such as off-earth mining and specialised remote sensing. With its own UNSW-EC0 and INSPIRE-2 (shared with USyd and ANU), ACSER launched the first Australian-built satellites in 15 years (2017)

 

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Centre for Interactive Cinema Research 

The iCinemaResearch Centre is a cross faculty centre focusing on research in 3D visualisation and simulation for benchmark applications across the arts, broadcast, construction, environment, heritage, museum and transport. In particular, it is focused on the way next generation technologies can be used to imagine new ways of living, learning, researching and working.

 

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ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture 

The ATFM is a Training Centre that combines the strengths of food science, nutiriton and technology with chemistry, nanotechnology and process engineering at UNSW Australia. The mission is to strengthen Australian’s R&D in food science and technology and train skilled personnel in three important areas: innovative processing technologies, healthier and safe foods and emerging technologies in sensing and smart packaging

 

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Data to Decisions CRC

D2D CRC brings together researchers and industry to tackle the Big Data challenges that face Australia's national security agencies.

 

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Biomedical & Health
Australian Centre for NanoMedicine

The Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) combines Engineering, Medicine and Science to deliver therapeutic solutions to research problems in medicine. ACN is a hub for nanomedicine research in Australia and through a commitment to research, education, knowledge transfer and commercialisation, ACN is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and curing of diseases.

 

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R&D and Innovation: China
TORCH Innovation Precinct at UNSW 

‘China Torch Program’ has created over 160 high tech zones across China and more importantly become the engine room of innovation, urbanisation and economic growth.

 

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