TABLE 1: NEWCASTLE TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Keeping Young People Safe The University of Newcastle Zero-tolerance and non-interactive educations prove unsuccessful in reducing dangerous health-related activities amongst young people. Young people in Australia largely lack a safe platform and interactive educational activities to assist them towards understanding potential dangers in drug/alcohol experimentation. Likewise, young people’s significant adult others often find difficulty in knowing how to properly support their adolescents. To create success, it is necessary to re-evaluate; rather than talking at young people, we need to converse with them. KYPS, an integrated, interactive educational and support system offers a safe platform to facilitate two-way communication and addresses risk-reduction and harm-minimisation for young people around drugs.
Renewable H2/O2/CO2 from ocean CSIRO Energy The recent IPCC report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C” underlines the urgent transition to a decarbonized energy system. Instead of completing with each other, fossil fuel and renewables should work together to serve future low-carbon energy system. The renewable seawater splitting based negative emission (RSS-NE) technology provides a “win-win-win” for renewable, fossil fuel and ocean: it produces H2 for renewable energy storage; O2 for fossil fuel combustion achieving zero CO2 emission; and CO2 from ocean achieving negative CO2 emission. The RSS-NE system would make increasing contribution to H2 economy and CO2 emission reduction with the growing renewable implementation.
PV Performance Laboratory CSIRO Energy Australia is currently experiencing a phenomenal rate of growth in large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, with around $20 billion invested in 2018 alone. Yet Australia has very little domestic capability in solar PV testing. Field-based testing would be particularly valuable, since it avoids the need for hundreds of thousands of panels to be shipped to specialist laboratories. Our project aims to develop new tools and methods for field-based PV testing, and to demonstrate that these can be used to reduce the risk, improve the performance, and extend the lifetime of Australia's solar PV assets.
Physical Activity Assisted Cooling Jackets The University of Newcastle We aim to develop a cooling jacket (or vests) ideal for professional athletes/ construction workers and military soldiers who experience high temperature and harsh environment. The working principle of our technology is based on a transformation of mechanical energy generated during physical activity into an electrical energy which is then utilised in powering our cooling device to remove the heat from the skin surface. Physical and mental performance would significantly increase because of instant cooling and long-lasting cooling effect that our material would have on a skin.
Solar forecast CSIRO Energy Our project aims at development of a more advanced forecasting technology for application in solar power generation. It uses innovative analytical algorithms and cloud cover assessment techniques to achieve higher forecasting accuracy and richer forecast information to meet the commercial needs of solar power generation.

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