Recycling & Clean Energy

Areas of expertise

  • Advanced energy materials 
  • Decarbonising the grid 
  • Electrification of industries & transport 
  • Energy asset valuation 
  • Energy & environmental markets 
  • Energy meteorology 
  • Geothermal energy
  • Heat mitigation for cities
  • Hydrogen production & storage 
  • Intelligent monitoring of electricity grids 
  • Marine energy 
  • Microgrid modelling & simulation 
  • Next generation solar PV & systems 
  • Recycling & MICROfactories™ 
  • Renewables, energy efficiency & emissions policy 
  • Renewable energy integration, systems & storage 
  • Structural supercapacitors & batteries 
  • Sustainable fuels & chemicals manufacturing 
  • Zero & positive energy buildings


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? The above topics are examples of our expertise but not an exhaustive list. Get in touch to learn more about our capabilities and how they could further your business goals.


3D Printing

UNSW has some of the most advanced 3D printed part production systems available on the market, facilitating work in metal, plastic, or ceramic. Our printers include a 3D Systems ProX DMP 300 and a ProJet 3500 HD MAX.


A multidisciplinary research lab that harnesses the power of immersive technologies to explore complex topics through 3D computer animation, data visualisation and virtual reality (VR) immersive design.

Acoustics & Vibration Lab

The lab offers measurement and analysis of air-borne or structure-borne noise and vibration, and wear and fault analysis. It’s equipped with sound level meters, multi-channel signal analysers, shakers, sound sources, accelerometers, microphones and multi-functional tribometers. 

Advanced Manufacturing Lab

The lab covers the processing of materials with lasers, laser-hybrids, water and air jets, mechanical machining, additive manufacturing, friction and wear.

Aerodynamics Lab

Focuses on the aerodynamics of subsonic and supersonic flows. The lab allows for testing of aeroplane, ship, train, car and truck models, roof ventilators and wind turbines. It also calibrates instrumentation, such as anemometers and pressure measuring devices.

Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

ANFF is a national network of open-access micro-and nano-fabrication labs. It is spread over 8 nodes, encompassing 20 universities and CSIRO, supported by 130 staff and maintains over 500 tools. ANFF-NSW focuses on developing devices and structures for quantum technologies, together with advanced electronics and photonics.

Automated Composites Laboratory

The lab contains Australia’s only automated fibre placement facility, along with material characterisation, design, analysis, lay-up and curing, and structural testing of large components with complex loading capabilities.

Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering & Safety (CIES)

CIES operates several labs including: 

  • Heavy Structures Lab equipped with servo-controlled hydraulic actuators and universal testing machines for high load testing from 10kN to 5000kN. 

  • Construction Materials Testing for measuring cement and concrete materials. 

  • Geotechnical Engineering Labs with a range of specialist and conventional soil, rock, and asphalt testing equipment. 

Energy Storage & Refrigeration

Offers advanced simulation modelling, electrochemical analysis and battery test equipment, climate-controlled chambers and a 30kW/130kWh commercial VRB system.

Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station

The only research station in the arid zone of NSW, Fowlers Gap is located 112km north of Broken Hill. Some areas of the site have been continuously monitored for more than 30 years, providing a unique, long-term ecological record. The station carries out research on birds, kangaroos, reptiles, and other flora and fauna, along with management of the arid zone, soil conservation, solar energy, and astronomy.

High Temperature Materials Fabrication Facilities

Equipment includes a high temperature carbon free hydrogen/vacuum furnace, 3D ceramic/metal printer (500W laser), hot isostatic press system AIP6-30H, spark plasma sintering (SPS) machine, radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering systems and the Gleeble 3500 Multifunctional Facility.

Laboratory for Precision and Nano Processing Technologies

Specialising in multi-scale manufacturing, cross-disciplinary characterisation of advanced materials, and solid mechanics, the lab is equipped with a 5-axis high precision turning centre, a 7-axis ultra-precision polishing centre, nanoindenter, nanotribometer, microtribometer, high temperature tribometer and an X-ray stress analyser and material property analyser.

Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC)

The Centre is made up of 17 labs and facilities, supported by scientific and technical research staff. It allows for the structure and composition of biological, chemical, and physical materials to be studied. MWAC includes a consulting arm that offers a problem-solving service for commercial customers. 

Mechanics of Solids Lab

Dedicated to the structural testing and design of components and materials, lab capabilities include dynamic and quasistatic strength testing, fracture mechanics and fatigue crack growth testing, strain gauging, finite element stress analysis and testing of composite materials.

Mechatronics Lab

The lab has five robot manipulators equipped with vision systems, conveyor system and facilities to develop custom controllers. In addition, it offers mobile robotic platforms, two large-scale field vehicles with complete autonomous operational capability, four drones with 5kg payload and a helicopter with 10kg payload.

Microfluids Lab

Conducts flow characterisation and temperature measurement on the micro-to-nano scale and includes an inverted epifluorescent microscope, microPIV system, Peltier cooled fluorescent camera, Nanosight LM14 with syringe pumps and various temperature and pressure sensors with data loggers.

Real-Time Digital Simulation Laboratory (RTS)

A digital replica of our entire electricity grid and the only one of its kind in Australia, the digital twin allows for testing of new technologies, functions and operations in real time. Without it, trials would occur on the actual grid, causing delays and shutdowns.

Roll-to-Roll Printing/Nanoimprint Facility

The most advanced facility of its kind in Australia, this machine was tailor-made to fill the gap between fundamental research and high throughput manufacturing. It produces complex electronics on thin and flexible film and enables new types of manufacturing including circuits, sensors, supercapacitators, solar cells, energy storage and biomedical devices.

School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications

The school operates multiple labs including: 

  • Audio anechoic chamber 

  • Australian Centre for Renewable Energy has equipment to monitor the characteristics of inverters from renewable sources such as PV. 

  • Communication Network Labs facilities performance analysis of end terminals and contains a large-scale simulation of networked systems. 

  • High Voltage Lab offers testing (AC, DC, and impulse voltages), partial discharge detection equipment, transformer ratio arm bridges, recover voltage testing, thermal testing, and variable frequency testing of insulation equipment. 

  • Mobile Communication Labs include facilities for testing GSM, IS-95, 3G, PCS RF and antenna design. 

  • Photonics facilities for fabrication of polymer and silica optical fibres and optical waveguides. 

  • Power Electronics & Drives Lab contains invert/conductor systems, data acquisition systems and finite element analysis software for magnetic, thermal, and electric field modelling. 

  • Systems Neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering allows for the study of human movement control systems including electrical activity from muscles, nerves and the brain and measurements of joint angles and forces.

School of Materials Science & Engineering

The industrial processing labs include 3D laser printing, hot isostatic pressing, spark plasma sintering, hot and cold rolling, thermomechanical processing, wire drawing, heat treatment, and casting equipment.

Solar Thermal Lab

Houses a range of solar collectors (flat plates, evacuated tubes and concentrating systems), temperature-controlled tanks, pumps, calibrated pyranometers, flow meters and data acquisition systems, for the conversion of solar energy into useful heat. The lab is used for prototyping new collector designs, materials and working fluids. It specialises in the modelling of heat pump systems, sizing of swimming pool heating systems and the development of direct absorption systems and latent energy storage systems.

Thin Film Fabrication Facilities

Equipment includes oxide and laser molecular beam epitaxy systems, scanning probe microscopy system, and radio frequency (RF) magnetron.

Wireless Communications Lab (WCL)

The lab contains system design and test facilities including a microwave chamber, spectrum analysers, vector signal generators, FPGA development platforms, and software-defined radio platforms. 

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