The Gatton Solar Research Facility generates enough clean energy to power more than 400 average-sized homes.
The Gatton Solar Research Facility generates enough clean energy to power more than 400 average-sized homes.

Across UQ there is a comprehensive portfolio of energy research, with significant programs in several areas of clean energy. GCI has major projects in systems-level solar research, including solar photovoltaic (PV) solar thermal network integration and storage.

In 2015 researchers turned on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest photovoltaic systems research facility at UQ’s Gatton campus. The Gatton Solar Research Facility, funded through a $40.7 million Australian Government grant and built with US manufacturer First Solar, consists of a 3.275 MW solar array with more than 37,000 panels and 720 kWh battery storage. At three times the size of the university’s existing flat panel solar array, the Gatton Solar Research Facility provides as much as 20 per cent of the energy required at UQ’s Gatton campus.

In addition, the PV array at the Gatton Solar Research Facility feeds into an on-site battery storage system, allowing significant research into interactive yield management and assisting research into new methods of feeding power to the grid.

Ultimately, this research will pave the way for other renewable energy plants to play an increasingly complementary role and eventually help replace carbon-intensive power generation sources.

Clean Energy Program Leaders

Program Director: Professor Paul Meredith
Program Manager: POSITION VACANT

Our Research and Projects

Research Affiliates

The Global Change Institute collaborates with clean energy researchers across The University of Queensland to meet the challenges of change.

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
School of Economics
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Properties and Facilities
UQ Energy Initiative

Professor Simon Bartlett
UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Professor John Foster
UQ School of Economics

Mr Shane Goodwin
UQEnergy

Professor Chris Greig
UQ Energy Initiative

Dr Zhiquang Guan
UQ School of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Hal Gurgenci
UQ School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Professor Ben Hankamer
UQ IMB

Dr Kamel Hooman
UQ School of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Ingo Jahn
UQ School of Mechanical Engineering

Mr Adrian Mengede
UQ Properties and Facilities

Dr Andras Nagi
UQ School of Mechanical Engineering

Ms Caroline Stott
UQ Energy Initiative

Professor Tapan Saha
UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

 

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