Centre for Sustainable Energy Development

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Development was established to provide a clear focus around developing a systems-based approach to renewable and distributed energy systems, process intensification, process integration, distributed chemicals manufacture, sustainable technology and green engineering. This systems-based approach provides a framework for understanding the complexity of these issues for decision makers, not only in industry and the community, but also for those affected by such decisions. Examples include electricity supply, development planning, planning for infrastructure, minerals and energy facilities and resource development.

There is a need for researchers, industry and the wider community to plan for more substantial and longer term resources and to undertake projects to help deliver sustainable energy solutions. Our vision is for a vibrant and internationally relevant research and teaching centre that practices what it preaches, engages the community and attracts researchers, scholars and the general community to its activities.

Our focus is on:

  • Clean energy technologies and their role in mitigating climate change
  • Process intensification, process integration and distributed chemicals manufacture
  • Eco-technology - creating products and processes that maximise resource and energy utilisation and have minimum environmental impact (renewable energy, zero emission process design and advanced materials).

The Centre is built on the technological resource base of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, significantly enhanced by the Chair in Sustainable Energy Development supported by Delta Electricity. The external funding of the Chair and the strong competitive funding for the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology provide a unique environment to forge and enhance industry links.

Community Based Projects

Michael Mobbs, from the nearby Sustainable House approached the University of Sydney to help him get a free-standing solar-powered watering system for his new EcoPOP planter. From his website “An ecoPOP is a small, free-standing and self-sustaining green oasis. It catches and stores its own water from rainfall, powers itself with the sun's energy, generates its own nutrients, grows your own food, recycles materials, refreshes and cools cities, improves air quality, and builds better communities.
We at the Centre offered to help Michael, and took on the design challenge in the Centre for Sustainable Energy Development. The team had already played with the open-source Arduino microcontroller, and thought it would be a worthwhile project.
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