Queensland’s electric power network operates as part of the national power grid, which is developing and adopting smart systems and technology to efficiently manage power use. The state also has a regulatory environment that supports the use and development of renewable transport fuels.
Queensland is ideally placed to be a world leader in the development of renewable energy sources. The state boasts a combination of world-class researchers and a long-term competitive advantage in the production of key alternative fuel feedstocks such as sugarcane and grains—particularly sorghum.
Supplying reliable, affordably energy that is also sustainable is about the greatest challenge that our society faces.
Professor Chris Greig
Director, UQ Energy Initiative Director
Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
With some of the best solar resources in the world, Queensland is home to innovative research into solar storage and new technologies enabling energy system integration. Six large scale solar plants are to be constructed in Queensland with total generating capacity of 300MW. Energy Queensland, the state’s main power utility has successfully trialled and installed lithium battery-based technology called Grid Utility Support Systems (GUSS) to provide more reliable power to remote communities.
Led by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Queensland Government has set a target for one million rooftops or 3000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Queensland by 2020 and is developing a credible pathway to achieving 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The Queensland Government’s Department of State Development is leading Australia’s bio-economic revolution through the Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan. The Plan includes: the establishment of Biofutures Queensland, a dedicated unit in the Queensland Government; a Biofutures Industry Development Fund; a Biofutures Scale-Up Program; and a Biofutures Acceleration Program. The State Government’s investment in a range of initiatives is helping position Queensland as an Asia-Pacific hub for biofutures industries.
Queensland has nine universities including three of Australia's largest, a number of which undertake energy research. Details of 200 plus research centres in Queensland are available by searching the Queensland science capability directory.
Leading energy research
Find out why top researchers and industry leaders are saying Queensland is one of the best places in the world for energy research.
Queensland Science ENERGY making a difference video
Professor Chris Greig
Director, Dow Centre
The University of Queensland
Supplying reliable affordable energy that is also sustainable is about the greatest challenge that our society faces for generations.
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We have people who are working actively on new discoveries that will transform the energy system.
Things like making solar and bioenergy more scalable and more affordable.
Doing it in the lab is one thing connecting it to large scale demonstrations – that’s, that’s how we really make an impact.
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We’re working on energy storage which is the missing link in intermittent renewables and how they fit into the energy system.
Professor Ian O’Hara
Principal Research Fellow, Science and Engineering Faculty
It’s critically important that we do transition to a low carbon energy future and using agricultural waste will help us to achieve that.
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We work at QUT here on a range of technologies looking at things like biofuels, things like ethanol or advanced drop in fuels.
We built the Mackay Pilot plant which is the only plant of its kind in Australia to do that – to work with industry partners to develop and demonstrate the technologies.
Professor Chris Greig
Director, Dow Centre
The University of Queensland
We’re going to have at least some coal and some natural gas in the economy for many decades to come.
So we have people looking at traditional energy systems to work on their efficiencies.
Dr Hua Guo
Research Director, Energy
Coal will remain a major source of energy for foreseeable future.
My team have developed an automated system. The major benefits is improved mining safety. And also improved productivity and mining efficiency.
It’s unique technology was developed in Queensland adopted in USA, and recently have been successfully demonstrated in China.
The electricity supply industry is changing rapidly.
Science underpins that change and the transformation of the industry. At Energy Queensland we’re using lots of new technologies
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We’re getting lots of interest internationally
Senior Future Technology Implementation Engineer
Solar PV system and a battery energy storage system has been integrated with a distribution management system.
I think this is a challenge that we happen to be leading the world in. We partner with Queensland universities at all levels to help us solve the challenges that we face today.
Queensland science is making a difference to what we do.
Making a difference
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Energy research centres
Key research collaborations between industry and leading universities are focused on developing alternative energy sources such as biofuels and biogas and related new technologies. More than 75 institutes, facilities, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations are involved in the energy science sector including:
- Advanced Water Management Centre AWMC
- Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology AIBN
- Australian National Fabrication Facility - Griffith University Node ANFF-Q
- Australian National Fabrication Facility - UQ Node ANFF-Q
- Banyo Pilot Plant
- Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre BAO-JRDC
- Bond University
- Central Queensland University - Brisbane CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Bundaberg CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Cairns CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Gladstone CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Mackay CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Rockhampton CQUniversity
- Central Queensland University - Townsville CQUniversity
- Centre for Actuarial and Financial Big Data Analytics CAFBDA
- Centre for Agricultural Engineering CAE
- Centre for Astrophysics CA
- Centre for Clean Environment and Energy CCEE
- Centre for Coal Seam Gas UQ-CCSG
- Centre for Future Materials CFM
- Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology MACRO
- Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis CMM
- Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics COPE
- Centre for Railway Engineering CRE
- Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities CTCB
- Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science TESS
- Cities Research Institute CRI
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO
- Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Ore Extraction CRC ORE
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries DAF
- Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation Dow Centre
- Exploration Data Centre GSQ
- Forest Industries Research Centre FIRC-USC
- Geological Survey of Queensland GSQ
- Global Change Institute GCI
- Griffith University - Gold Coast GU
- Griffith University - Nathan GU
- Institute for Future Environments IFE
- Institute for Molecular Bioscience IMB
- James Cook University - Cairns JCU
- James Cook University - Townsville JCU
- John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility GSQ
- Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre SMI-JKMRC
- Life Sciences Queensland Ltd LSQ
- Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant MRBPP
- Nanomaterials Centre Nanomac
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility NCCARF
- Queensland Bioscience Precinct QBP
- Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing AMPAM
- Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies QCAT
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, CQU QCIF
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, GU QCIF
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, JCU QCIF
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, QUT QCIF
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, UQ QCIF
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, USQ QCIF
- Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence QGECE
- Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre QMNC
- Queensland University of Technology - Gardens Point QUT
- Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove QUT
- Research Computing Centre RCC
- Samford Ecological Research Facility SERF
- Stormwater Research Group SWRG
- Sugar Research Australia Limited SRA
- Sugar Research Institute SRI
- Sustainable Minerals Institute SMI
- The University of Queensland - Gatton UQ
- The University of Queensland - Herston UQ
- The University of Queensland - St Lucia UQ
- UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences SCMB
- UniQuest Pty Limited
- University of Southern Queensland - Ipswich USQ
- University of Southern Queensland - Springfield USQ
- University of Southern Queensland - Toowoomba USQ
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Fraser Island USC
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Gympie USC
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Sunshine Coast USC
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