TABLE 1: WOLLONGONG TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
sepr8: next-generation separators for energy applications University of Wollongong Rechargeable batteries rely on thin plastic membranes called ‘separators’ to allow ions to travel back-and-forth during charging and discharging, and to keep internal components from touching and short-circuiting. Today, separators can account for up to 25% of the cost, and up to 37% of the volume of a battery, which is a huge proportion for a component that doesn’t add to the overall energy available from the battery. Our solution leverages our expertise in developing and optimizing polymer membranes for health-based applications, as well as our cutting-edge research in batteries to lower cost and open new avenues for battery separators.
Good vibrations University of Wollongong The ever increasing local, national and global energy demand in an era of global warming, ocean acidification, industrial pollution and resource depletion indicates a strong need for us to move toward the use of renewable energy sources. Australia is particularly blessed with ocean energy resources with a convenient predominantly coastal population. Current limited efforts to harvest marine current and tidal flow energy have focussed on complex turbine technology. Our approach utilises flow-induced vibration instead, demonstrating advantages not just in simplicity (with consequent lowered costs and increased reliability) but also in energy extraction.
Prashan Premaratne University of Wollongong Developing a relatively small amount of electrical power around 100W at very low noise levels provides a great opportunity for retirees and anyone who live in the outback, for very basic needs. Solar power is great, but a lengthy overcast period requires the use of small generators which are noisy due to high revolutions per minute of their engines. We have designed and optimised a dual axial flux generator which is coupled with a 'Hit and Miss' engine to develop 100W at 100 revolutions per minute. The system can operate for about 8 hours with one litre of gasoline.
Storage Matters University of Wollongong We would like to find the best way to derive value from our combined understanding of both existing and on-the-horizon energy storage systems (such as sodium ion batteries), with our unique economic modelling capabilities incorporating an analysis of electricity changes, to make a real-world impact that helps businesses and government to make the right decisions. One specific approach for consideration may be to promote our capability through a case study in which we demonstrate how a new energy device might influence the current energy market.
EnerNeXT: energy advice for everyone University of Wollongong A clear shift to renewable energy generation is taking hold both within Australia and globally. In an industry where technology is experiencing rapid growth, the consumer is left behind without any dependable information to confidently make a significant transition to achieve their energy consumption goals. Our project looks to provide the consumer, whether residential, commercial or industrial the required information to address this knowledge gap. An online questionnaire and design tool would give the user independently sourced, jargon-free information to allow an informed decision to be made.
Linear Cascade Wind Turbine for Urban Application Western Sydney University The idea of utilizing small wind turbines to generate electricity at the point of use in urban environments is being undermined by unfavourable wind conditions such as high turbulent and multi-directional approach wind. Moreover, many people find conventional wind turbines unattractive for being integrated with architectural designs. Therefore, our project proposes a new configuration of wind turbines (liner cascade wind turbine), for this purpose. LCWT can properly be integrated with architecture of urban environments and generate power in low velocity and multi-directional wind condition. Hence LCWT is potentially superior to the conventional wind turbines for application in urban environment.
NanoG University of Wollongong Our idea is to produce large-scale high quality processable graphene to translate the research from laboratory to real-life applications. We are currently producing these materials in gram scale in the laboratory, but it can be scaled up to ton scale with proper process design in a pilot plant. We can then commercially sell the graphene to different industries initially. There is big opportunity to expand in different sectors in future to capture at least 20 percent of graphene market which is currently worth 278.47 million and will be 811.4 million by 2023.

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