Expertise in design and control of novel, power-dense multi-phase electric drives for safety-critical applications, including rail transportation, electric vehicles, marine propulsion drives and aerospace.
Battery safety is a key challenge, as is the practical implementation of batteries over a wide range of temperatures without additional heating or cooling. Solid state batteries present a solution to these challenges, providing inherently safe batteries that are stable over applicable temperature ranges.
Battery storage plays an important role in microgrids, improving grid reliability and resilience while facilitating effective operation of critical and frequency-sensitive loads. Battery storage is critical both for daily operation of a microgrid, as well as providing for grid redundancy in extreme events.
UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, a global centre of excellence in photovoltaic research, is leading the development of highly-efficient thin crystalline silicon solar cells and flexible solar modules.
Design, optimisation and control of various permanent magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) geometries, delivering improved torque and power density, reduced cogging torque, and extended constant power operating range.
The Tesla Turbine is a miniature combustion-driven power generation system that can be used as a personal, portable power supply for individuals, or as a power plant for small autonomous systems such as UAVs.
Enhancing and optimising propulsion systems for navy fleets, ground vehicles and unmanned aeroplanes capable of running on various fuel types, using optically-accessible compression ignition engines and laser-based two-dimensional imaging of the flames and pollutants inside.
UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, a global centre of excellence in photovoltaic research, has over 40 years’ experience in photovoltaic device development and metrology. Successful commercialisation of various solar cell architectures and enabling technologies for the photovoltaic industry.
An industrially scalable method has been developed for synthesising polymer nanoparticles decorated with graphene oxide sheets via miniemulsion polymerisation. This enables preparation of electrically-conductive films using a simple method at ambient temperature. The resulting nanocomposite films exhibit high electrical conductivity and have a wide range of potential applications as conductive coatings.