Renewable and Sustainable Energy
We have a long history in renewable energy applications. Professor McKenzie and colleagues developed evacuated solar collector tubes for solar thermal conversion while Emeritus Professor Collins developed energy efficient window panels in the form of evacuated glazing. Both technologies were patented and successfully commercialized. The evacuated solar collectors known as the “Sydney Tube”, are now produced as a high volume commodity in China (5 million units annually) while the evacuated glazings are produced and deployed in building retrofit in Japan. Significant contributions to the field of plasmas and diagnostics for fusion applications were made by Professors James, Falconer, Cross and Brand. We are grateful to be able to call on the knowledge of these retired staff members through their continued involvement with the group.
Current projects include development of high strength evacuated glazing; inertial confinement strategies for fusion and neutron sources; and ethanol production processes utilising immobilized enzymes.