Monash Energy Newsletters
Welcome to a new year of Monash Energy News.
2021 included highlights such as RACE for 2030 CRC projects, new lithium-sulfur battery technology, funding for Monash’s microgrid outreach program, awards for the Woodside Monash Partnership, and ERICA’s State of Energy Research Conference (SoERC2021).
The start to this year comes with renewed urgency around the fight against Climate Change. With the 2021 UN climate conference, COP26, the aim of reducing fossil fuel emissions and aiding sustainable development are burning priorities. We now have less than 10 years until the world runs out of the 1.5 degree carbon budget! Monash has set this as one of our three Strategic challenges to 2030 and with energy the main culprit, we must also be a key solution driver.
We welcome our team back with all hands on decks, Professor Ariel Liebman, Dr Roger Dargaville, Shreejan Pandey, Professor Sarah Pink, A/Professor Yolande Strengers, Professor Mainak Majumder, Scott Ferraro, A/Professor Guillaume Roger and Professor Mark Wallace. We also particularly welcome Dr Behrooz Bahrani who joined us in 2021 as inaugural Associate Director for the Energy Grids theme and Professor Paul Webley, Director of the Monash Woodside Partnership as lead for our new Clean Fuels and Hydrogen theme.
It looks like 2022 will be the make-or-break year for real climate action. We call on all Monash researchers and industry engagement professionals as well as our industry and government partners to reach out to us as soon as possible to develop collaboration opportunities and new projects for 2022.
We're delighted to see our students and colleagues returning to campus this week. We're looking forward to building our networks and collaborations and having more face-to-face interactions, and we've got some great knowledge sharing forums with our partners coming up.
It's a fascinating time in the energy space in Australia as it seems the decarbonisation of the electricity sector is gaining momentum, with Origin announcing they are closing Australia's largest coal-fired power station earlier than planned, and Mike Cannon-Brookes making a bid for AGL.
In the media
The Defrag | Solar Shutdown: Featuring Professor Ariel Liebman
Solar is the cheapest form of energy production in history. So why would an energy network need to turn some of this generation off?
Australia’s largest coal-fired power station to shut by 2025: comments by Professor Ariel Liebman
Canberra TimesA spoonful of sugar is the key to a brighter climate | Ticker Climate Episode 19 featuring Mainak Majumder
Ticker Climate | YouTube
The way we use air conditioning is changing, and it’s time we talked about it: comments by Associate Professor Yolande Strengers
Congratulations to Dr Hsin-Hui Shen (Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Dr Mahdokht Shaibani (Research Fellow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) who have each been awarded an $11,000 Advancing Women's Success grant from Monash University.
This month we've seen petrol prices rise related to the conflict in Ukraine, driving price volatility in the energy market. These high energy prices are highlighting the importance of transitioning to renewable energy.
While in the midst of the crisis the Ukrainian grid has been synchronised with the EU grid. And closer to home there's an interesting development in Australia's carbon certificate market.
In the media
Tax Incentive Applications in Transition to Electric Vehicles and EV Fleets: Comparing Australia, Europe, Canada & USA
Dr Diane Kraal presented at the 4th Annual University of Houston Law Center. Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference & 22nd Annual Houston Business and Tax Law Journal Symposium. Friday, March 25, 2022.
There Has Been Plenty of Rain, Do We Need a Water Tax?
Article by Dr Diane Kraal
Our central question was ‘can taxes be used as tools to facilitate the addressing of water scarcity, quality and sustainability?’
The recent Australian federal budget had notable silence on one significant aspect – the transition to renewable energy. Read about the setback for renewable energy goals in the 2022 budget by Professor Ariel Liebman, and about the fossil fuel excise cut and the lack of transition to zero-emission cars by Dr Diane Kraal.
Monash Energy is excited to partner with RACE for 2030 to deliver The Green Wave: Adding value through net zero energy strategies report. Find out more about how you can enhance your net zero plan and add value to your organisation. Read the report here.
Research at the Monash Energy Institute covers the large-scale energy transition all the way down to quantum physics. Monash University-led research team at FLEET has discovered a structure comprising of an ultra-thin topological insulator sandwiched between two 2D ferromagnetic insulators, leading the way to ultra-low energy electronics in the future.
In the media
It’s astounding Australia has no policy framework to drive urgent clean energy transition
Amongst all the cost-of-living reliefs, fuel concessions, and benefits to home buyers that were delivered in last week’s federal budget, there was notable silence on one significant aspect, transition to renewable energy. By Professor Ariel Liebman.
In the media
AGL abandoning demerger plans, featuring Professor Ariel Liebman
Professor Liebman said it’s important for the government and energy companies to work with communities to ensure good societal outcomes.
Australian Financial Review | Tasmanian Times | Motley Fool | ecogeneration
"Is our current electricity market fit-for-purpose in a high renewable penetration world?"
Monash Energy Club's Linus Mayes questioned the Q+A panellists on the Energy Crisis edition. Skip to 13:00 to hear Australian Energy Council's Sarah McNamara and newly elected Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Bowen, respond to Linus' question.
Australia's mineral richesAssociate Professor Mohan Yellishetty, from the Faculty of Engineering, spoke to Australian Mining (pages 52-53) and Australian Resources and Investment (pages 40-41) about Australia's opportunities in the critical minerals sector.
Lithium batteries can supercharge the economy
Dr Mahdokht Shaibani from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, spoke to COSMOS about the future of lithium-ion batteries. Dr Shaibani explained how the technology could fuel Australia's economy if we did more than export raw minerals.
ABC Radio, NT Country Hour, ‘As gas prices soar on the east coast, there's a growing call to reform the way resource companies are taxed’.
Dr Diane Kraal was interviewed by Dan Fitzgerald (starts at 1:22)
Amid intense national public debate over Australia’s ongoing lack of electric vehicles (EVs), Monash Energy Institute researcher Dr Diane Kraal joined Griffith University’s Dr Anna Mortimore in Canberra to present their policy recommendations to representatives from the ATO and the Treasury. Read more and see the full report here.
With more Australians considering EVs, there’s a spotlight on batteries, as manufacturers race for better, lighter, range-extending power sources. Read the article by Dr Behrooz Bahrani and David Klink.
Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) will receive $45M in funding from ARENA to extend operations of their cutting edge solar photovoltaic research to 2030. Congratulations to Prof Jacek Jasieniak and Prof Udo Bach.
Announcing the Digital Energy Blog by the Monash eResearch Centre – stories of research data, projects & partnerships at the intersection of energy, digital & society.
ARENA has announced $495,000 in funding to the Grid Innovation Hub at the Monash Energy Institute, to conduct a desktop study exploring the integration of storage into energy markets. Congratulations to A/Prof Guillaume Roger.
In the media
Help needed for sustainable living transitions
Dr Emi Gui, from the Climateworks Centre, told ABC News the rising cost of living would make it hard for people with "less purchasing power" to invest in clean energy. She said while inflation may force changes in the short term, government support is needed to make more long-term transitions.
Shell halts production on floating gas platform Prelude amid worsening dispute
Professor Ariel Liebman, from the Monash Energy Institute, told ABC News Radio the temporary closure of Shell's natural gas plant, off the West Australian coast, could push up gas prices in global markets.
ABC reports on RACE2030's report on electric vehicle tax breaks and Dr Diane Kraal interviewed by James Purtill, ABC NewsMonash's Dr Diane Kraal told ABC News Online electric vehicles are still too expensive for business fleets, despite the federal government's recently implemented tax reforms.
New energy technologies with DELWP
Applications close Friday 12 August 2022. A funding opportunity for deliverance of a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency feasibility studies, business cases and implementation-ready capital works projects.
2022 Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership
Applications close 21 August 2022. In recognition of the legacy of the late Chloe Munro AO, the Clean Energy Council, Monash and other organisations have established the Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership. Applications for a scholarship for either the Leading Edge or the Executive Ready course are welcome.
Researchers from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Emerging Technologies Research Lab and Royal Holloway University have published a new report titled: Just Transitions in Australia: moving towards low carbon lives across policy, industry and practice. This study explores equitable net zero transitions.
A new study from FLEET led by researchers from Monash University looks at a methodology to improve the optoelectronic device performance and extend the functionalities of 2D perovskite.
A reminder that applications for the Zema Energy Studies Scholarship close on 31 October 2022. Find out more and apply here.
In the media
New Renewable Energy Plans For Australia's Coastline
Professor Ariel Liebman spoke to Ten News about the federal government’s announcement of six new offshore wind energy projects. Professor Liebman said this is the right trajectory for the transition to renewable energy.
ACCC on gas shortfall
Professor Ariel Liebman spoke to ABC Radio National’s PM and The New Daily about the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s gas supply inquiry interim report projecting the largest supply shortfall of domestic gas since 2017.
Greens want Vic coal plants' early closure
Featuring comments from Professor Ariel Liebman
Scone Advocate | The West
If Labor is serious about electric vehicles, fixing the fringe-benefits tax is the next step
Dr Diane Kraal is cited by Michael Pascoe in The New Daily
Zema Energy Studies Scholarship
Applications close 31 October 2022. A PhD program aimed at energy students across engineering, IT and business and economics.The scholarship provides a $35,000 per annum stipend and will support the successful applicant for the approved duration of their PhD candidature, to a maximum of three-and-a-half years.