We’re looking forward to a very active 2021 agenda focused on interdisciplinary projects in the energy sector across all of Monash. We will continue to encourage more Monash researchers to join our Monash Energy Community and help us transition to a greener future. We can do it together!
Bringing people together to solve global energy problems.
To accelerate the transition towards a sustainable energy future through impactful interdisciplinary research and education programs for Monash University and its trusted partners.
Develop a global presence in the energy sector through impact-driven interdisciplinary programs, trusted partners and an active alumni network.
Foster an inclusive, proactive and engaged community, and develop interdisciplinary research programs with strategic partners to deliver local and global impact.
Support a vibrant energy student community equipped with industry-ready skills and professional networks.
Develop trusted industry partnerships that are underpinned by excellent R&D capabilities, access to student talent, and professional development.
Tackling the big questions in energy research is deeply interdisciplinary
Our world today is going through a phenomenal period of change in the way we harness and use energy. Yet, we still do not know how to transition to an energy future that addresses climate change issues, while ensuring that people have access to reliable and affordable energy sources.
Driven by our strong track-record and our commitment to the university and to our colleagues, students and trusted partners, the Monash Energy Institute aims to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, and reliable energy future for all.
Enable the energy transition
Monash Energy Institute has been instrumental in harnessing the university’s research capital and capabilities to deliver transformative initiatives such as the Net Zero Initiative, the Grid Innovation Hub and the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership. The Institute has connected leading educators and researchers with industry to facilitate problem-solving, innovation and commercialisation in the energy sector, but also help align educational goals with the current and future needs of the energy sector, and to offer joint PhD scholarships.
To enable this transition, we need the brightest minds working together. With over 175 academic staff involved in energy research and three ARC Centres of Excellence dedicated to energy – ACES, ACEx and FLEET, Monash University is uniquely placed to meet the challenges posed by the changing demands of the Australian and international energy landscapes.
The development of new technologies is necessary to meet future energy demands. It is well known that oil reserves are expected to last for only the next 50 years and that technologies, such as Li-ion batteries and CdTe solar cells, are resource constrained. A shift towards alternative fuels and scalable energy technologies that harness earth-abundant and non-toxic materials are required.
Accelerating the energy transformation
The energy sector is facing complex challenges and rapid transformation, with ageing infrastructure, increasing supply volatility and evolving consumer behaviours, combined with dynamic regulatory environments and the trend towards decarbonisation.
Integrating a consumer led future
Energy consumers are increasingly expecting the electric grid to integrate distributed generation and energy technologies. The 'prosumer' movement has given rise to technical operational challenges and equity concerns. A two-way electricity grid that optimises prosumer assets to reduce network costs, increase resilience, and integrate more data, digitalisation and automation is expected to deliver new value, new business models and services.