Funding boost for ANU’s Asia renewables research push

The Australian National University (ANU) has announced it has received a $10 million grant to carry on research into the development of the Asia Pacific clean energy export market.

The Grand Challenge Scheme invests in transformative research to make the impossible possible. In its second year, the scheme seeks to bring new perspectives to the most pressing challenges facing society.

"This year's Grand Challenge winning project - to deliver zero-carbon energy to Asia Pacific - is a blueprint for the prosperity of Australia, and our region," ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said.

"I'm really excited about this project because it will deliver exactly what the world needs at this juncture in our history: big thinking, practical solutions, and collaboration across research, industry and the community."

The Zero-Carbon for Energy for the Asia-Pacific project will catalyse the development of a major renewable energy export industry from the ground up: building the infrastructure, exploring the trade relationships, developing the policy frameworks to get Australia's abundant renewable energy resources cheaply and reliably to our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

It will be developed under two key themes, by exporting Australian renewable electricity, and the creation of renewable electricity capability in the Asia-Pacific and by the development of zero-carbon embedded energy products made using Australian renewable energy.

"Our Grand Challenges scheme tasks our immensely talented researchers to think of ways to tackle the toughest problems," Professor Schmidt said.

"It is about going out and making a difference for our country and that's our role as the national university" said ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt.

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