Woodside Monash Energy Partnership: Large Scale Solar Project (2021-22)

Large Scale Solar Project (2021-22)

Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

This project is proudly funded and supported by Woodside Monash Energy Partnership.

Subject to restrictions: Monash University, Clayton Campus. Further campus location details will be confirmed closer to the commencement of the project.
Description of the project:

The research objectives of Woodside Monash Energy Partnership are structured into three focused
research themes; New Energy Technologies, Carbon Capture Conversion and Utilisation, and Energy

As a major initiative of the New Energy Technologies Theme, the Large-Scale Solar Sprint will identify
future research programs for the development of a high volumetric energy density solution for achieving
low cost photovoltaic (PV) electricity.

Aligned to the New Energy Technologies Theme for developing high-efficiency and low-cost solutions to
generate, store, and export carbon neutral energy, the outcomes of the Sprint will contribute to a major
research program between 2022-2025.

The Large-Scale Solar Sprint will host 20-25 people with various discipline backgrounds and experience,
both from Monash University and Woodside Energy.

Participants will be split into three cross-disciplinary teams, each with a team focus of:
o PV Modules
o Energy Storage
o Deployment and Containment

The Large-Scale Solar Sprint will be conducted virtually over two sessions at 2hrs per session:
o 30th of August 2021, 11-1PM AWST / 1-3PM AEST
o 17th September 2021, 11-1PM AWST / 1-3PM AEST

Session 1
Using a design thinking framework, teams will brainstorm broadly solar PV in respective focus areas.

Next, teams will refine that brainstorm further by identifying insights and inhibitors on selected
brainstormed constraints. Constraints will then be validated during the interval.

Session 2

Once the constraints have been validated, session two will be the ideation phase where you will be
thinking expansively on solutions including research and stakeholders to engage to solve the constraints.

Lastly to help identify leading ideas/solutions teams will vote on top ideas to be further explored by
research teams

Project Aims:

To develop high-efficiency and low-cost solutions to generate, store, and export carbon neutral energy through photovoltaic (PV) Modules

Available to:
All Students
Art, Design and Architecture
Mining and Resources
Employment Type:
Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022.

Selection and Required Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar

  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select

  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for

  • Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.

  • Career goals and ambitions

  • Successful interview with industry partner

  • Knowledge or experience is the following areas: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering or  Industrial Design

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.

  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.

12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

The Woodside Monash Energy Partnership is a major research partnership between Monash University and Woodside Energy to progress energy solutions for a lower carbon future. The research and development initiatives are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on leadership and novel technologies in the hydrogen value chain and carbon abatement.

As an ambitious multi-year research program, the Energy Partnership focuses on transformational research to activate technology breakthroughs and accelerate novel technologies of scale and impact.

Our vision is to strengthen global leadership in the energy transition and develop new sustainable energy technologies that deliver energy in cleaner ways.

Our mission is to accelerate transformational research in carbon neutral energy technologies, and shape the next generation leadership that will enable a lower carbon energy future.