Centre for Renewable Energy - Research

Research areas

CRE’s research are focused in the following three areas:

  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Bluit Environment
  • IoT in Energy Management and Engagement

Renewable Energy Systems

The renewable energy systems theme focuses on biofuel and solar technologies in urban and remote communities. Research areas include:

  • Biofuel. Biofuel and bioenergy research leverage CDU’s capabilities and disciplines within engineering, horticulture and microbiology. Examples include the impacts of biofuels in engine design and emissions, risk management and supply chain analysis of biofuels in remote communities, and microbiology studies of biofuels in the conversion process and fuel storage. In addition, this presents opportunities for industry collaborations, in particular ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) organizations. Fundamental and applied research in biofuel contributes to other research themes in the CRE.
  • Solar photovoltaic systems. Research in this area is predominantly related to hybrid PV power systems (diesel, biodiesel with/without storage) in remote area communities. Our research in the area, in collaboration with the industry, investigates control strategies for system optimization, grid design and operation. Studies were also done to investigate the effects of surface soiling on PV modules in the tropical locale utilizing particle analysis, image processing and experimental methods.

Contact Dr Kean Yap for more information.

Sustainable Built Environment

Built environment research looks at developing energy efficient systems in tropical buildings through scenario analysis and adoption of renewable energy technologies in the NT-context. Research areas include:

  • Understanding the barriers to energy efficiency through energy road-mapping and scenario modelling to increase uptake of renewable energy technologies in the NT.
  • Energy efficient building design. Sustainable building design in the tropical climate is critical in terms of reducing cooling energy and maintaining humanthermal comfort. The use of computer modelling and simulation in fluid mechanics, experimental and materials analysis to achieve energy-efficient buildings in both urban and remote developments.

Contact Dr Jeremy Trombley for more information.

IoT in Energy Management and Engagement

This research focuses on renewable energy software and tools and their capacity in energy modelling, management and monitoring solutions and community outreach. Research areas include:

  • Developing computing software and mobile apps, incorporating research work done within the CRE for community engagement and outreach. The aim of developing such tools is to promote and accelerate renewable energy uptake in the NT.
  • Research in sensors and communication tools in the area of data analytics, real-time analysis and energy monitoring giving end-user more control. This is critical in renewable energy technologies in the areas of predictive maintenance, systems control to reduce downtime and energy monitoring.

Contact Dr Kean Yap for more information.