Hydrogen Energy Program
The Hydrogen Energy Program at UTS is expected to:
- Develop key hydrogen technologies
- Promote Australia as a hydrogen energy centre
- Prepare skilled workers for the emerging global hydrogen economy
- Connect technology providers with Australian hydrogen producers and overseas markets
This program involves leading experts with highly complementary skills in fields such as hydrogen storage, economic analysis, safety, policy and regulation, and environmental impact, for example. The program will benefit directly from our solid connections with industry, academia, and government agencies, both home and abroad.
Team members in the Hydrogen Energy Program
The Hydrogen Energy Program is led by Associate Professor Zhenguo Huang. He is the Chair of the International Hydrogen Carriers Alliance. He is Chief Investigator on three research projects on hydrogen storage and delivery funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), and sole investigator of two industry-funded hydrogen projects. Breakthroughs in hydrogen storage have been successfully commercialised in partnership with Boron Molecular, a specialist chemical manufacturer. He was awarded an ARC DECRA and ARC Future Fellowship, is a Research Advisor appointed by the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Professor Ho Kyong Shon is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, the President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), the Editor for the Journal of Desalination, and the Deputy Director and founding member of the Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater at UTS. He specializes in understanding physico-chemical water and energy processes. His research career focuses on studying advanced membrane fabrication, the application of membrane-based water treatment, and developing novel technology of water splitting and hydrogen separation in water. His has carried out several ARC projects and international collaboration grants.
Professor Bruce Ni received his PhD degree in environmental engineering in June 2009. He joined the Technical University of Denmark as a postdoctoral research fellow from September of 2009 and then joined The University of Queensland from February 2011 as a senior research fellow. He currently is an ARC Future Fellow and full professor in environmental engineering. He has been working in the field of renewable hydrogen production, particularly the interface between chemical engineering and environmental technology. His work focuses on the integration of these disciplines to develop innovative and sustainable technological solutions to achieve high-rate hydrogen generation from renewable resources through highly efficient electrocatalytic water splitting or microbial hydrogen production from organic wastes.
Professor Michelle Baddeley is a Professor in Economics and Associate Dean Research at the UTS Business School. She has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class) from the University of Queensland and a Masters/PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. She has received grant funding from a wide range of sources - including the ARC and the UK Research Councils, and she specialises in the application of insights from behavioural economics to policy questions around energy and the environment, infrastructure, housing and employment. Other affiliations include Honorary Professor, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity; Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia; Associate Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy; and Associate Researcher, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge.
Professor Peter Ralph is the Team Leader for the Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology group within the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at UTS. The group has a range of expertise relevant to capturing and using CO2 emissions from industrial processes. During the transition to fully renewable hydrogen production (green hydrogen) there will be a need to deploy carbon capture and use (CCU) technology across hydrogen production systems that emit CO2 as a waste gas; both through hydrogen formation as well as non-renewable energy generation. His team use photobioreactors to scrub CO2 (and other gaseous pollutants) and have successfully demonstrated pilot scale use of these innovative technologies with breweries. Once the algae has captured the CO2, the team can produce a wide range of commercial products including feeds, food, polymers or even biodiesel from the waste CO2. Ralph and his team have current projects involving waste remediation, bioreactor design, Industry 4.0 applications of algal production and techno-economic analysis of algae-based carbon removal. In addition to CCU, the Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology group have a broad range of research projects on developing new technologies, services and products that support sustainable practices and the bioeconomy.
Distinguished Professor Alexey Voinov: Before joining UTS, Alexey was professor of Spatio-Temporal Systems Modeling for Sustainability Science at ITC, University of Twente. Prior to that he was coordinating the Chesapeake Research Consortium Community Modeling Program, and was also Principle Research Scientist at John's Hopkins University. He has spent one year with the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship program working with the Army Corps of Engineers. For over ten years he was with the Institute for Ecological Economics, Univ. of Maryland and Vermont. He has his MSc and PhD from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a keen advocate of stakeholder involvement in modelling and decision making. He wrote a book on "Systems Science and Modeling for Ecological Economics" (Academic Press/Elsevier). Professor Voinov established and is the director for the Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE).
Professor Guandong Xu joined UTS in 2012 and was promoted to Professor in 2018 in the School of Computer Science. He leads the Data Science and Machine Intelligence (DSMI) under Advanced Analytics Institute, specialising in the development of data-driven and actionable algorithms and systems for innovation and decision-support in research, industry, and business. Guandong’s key expertise lies in predictive analytics, interpretable machine learning and causal analysis, recommendation systems, and social computing. His research has received research funding from the Australian Research Council, Cooperative Research Centres, government agencies, and industry corporates totalling over $5M in the past five years. He is the recipient of a number of awards from Academia and Industry, e.g. 2018 Top 10 Analytics Leaders by Australian Analytics Professional Peak Body and Australian Computer Society Disruptor Awards. His recently funded CRC-P project is developing Ai and data analytics solutions for solar farm monitoring and optimisation, dynamics of national electricity trading platform, and transfer learning for operationalising.
Dr Xunpeng (Roc) Shi is a Principal Research Fellow at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney. He is an advisor to the Global Gas Center (GGC), APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC), and Energy Division of UN ESCAP. He has been worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years in industry, governments, research institutes and international organization in Australia, Brunei, China, Indonesia and Singapore and has undertaken assignments in numerous other countries. His areas of expertise include environmental and energy economics, sustainable development and the Chinese economy, with regional focuses on Australia, ASEAN, and Northeast Asia. Currently, he is working on water and carbon footprints as well as the economics of hydrogen. He received LLM from the University of Dundee, MERE and Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Geoff James is a consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following more than 25 years of multidisciplinary research with government and private-sector clients. His research and consulting interests include integrating renewable energy in power systems, distribution network evolution, international clean energy trade, energy market development in Asia, and energy storage technology and applications. In the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, he works in multi-disciplinary teams on high-impact client projects to create change. In 2017 Geoff started working with Planet Ark Power on grid-interactive solar/storage microgrids at commercial customer sites. He also co-founded Pilbara Solar to develop solar projects in north-west Australia using new business models that provide equity to Traditional Owners. This is a pre-requisite for scaling up and engaging with ASEAN to establish Australia’s renewable energy export industry.
Adam Berry is an Associate Professor in data innovation, leading work that is focused on the transformation of bits into knowledge through the application of data curation, machine learning, data visualisation and statistical approaches. Prior to joining UTS in 2019, he was Program Director of the $20m National Energy Analytics Research Program on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, focussing on dismantling barriers to energy data access and building insight through the fusion of social science, computer science and electrical engineering. Adam is a winner of the inaugural CSIRO Collaboration Medal, recognising exceptional collaboration across disciplines and industry. He is passionate about bringing together teams and industry to unlock new ways of looking at, exploring and extracting actionable insight from data in the fields of energy, infrastructure and transport.
Associate Professor Dylan Lu is a power electronics designer, specialising in design and development of switching electric power circuits and control techniques for different applications, in particular solving problems about power quality in ac grids and microgrids, integrating renewable energy and energy storage into the electric power system, and improving efficiency and reliability of power supply. His recent research work with hydrogen fuel cell focused on integrating lithium-ion battery, supercapacitor and fuel cell into a single energy pack for electric vehicles so that it extends the longevity of the energy sources and fulfils the energy and power demands based on the required mission profile. He also involves in renewable energy-related projects with Engineers without Borders and Okra Solar in solving energy poverty problem in rural and remote communities.
Associate Professor Kaveh Kahlilpour has recently joined UTS. He is a core member of Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE) and leads a research stream on NetworX Analytics. Formerly he worked at Monash, Australian National University and the University of Sydney where he continues an established collaboration on energy systems and energy storage. Kaveh’s key expertise lies in the application of optimisation and decision-making algorithms for addressing complex supply chain problems in the context of sustainability and decentralized energy networks. He has co-authored two books with a focus on energy systems integration including “Community Energy Networks with Storage” published by Springer Nature, and “Polygeneration with Polystorage for Chemical and Energy Hubs” published by Elsevier. In the latter book, Kaveh has sketched a potential pathway for Australian renewable energy export within which the integration of hydrogen vector with the LNG supply chain is proposed as one medium-term solution.
Dr Michelle Zeibots is a transport planner, specialising in the analysis of sustainable urban passenger transport systems. Her research, consultancy work and teaching draws together operational, fuel and energy-use, behavioural and governance features relating to multi-modal urban transport networks. Her current research focusses on the development of a robotic passenger information system with Sydney Trains, able to monitor and respond more effectively to passenger congestion levels that push service delivery into degraded mode. She is also scheduled to undertake a traction energy supply study for Sydney Trains later this year with Adj Prof Felix Laube from Swiss rail specialists Emch+Berger. Her past research at ISF has involved analysis with David Bell of global energy stocks (oil and gas) used by the transport sector, and implications for Australia with special attention on macroeconomic impacts. in determining relative levels of transport energy-use in cities.
Dr Nic Surawski has research interests in the control of air pollution, with most of his work focussing on options for vehicle emissions control. Nic was awarded a PhD in environmental engineering from the Queensland University of Technology for his work exploring the emissions impacts from using renewable alternative fuels in the medium duty trucking sector. Since joining UTS in 2016, Nic has worked on a variety of projects involving vehicle emissions control from the transport sector as well as projects on low-cost sensing of air quality and biofiltration of air pollution. Nic has been involved in the delivery of projects valued at $2.7 million AUD for a variety of stakeholders in Australia such as federal government departments, alternative engine design companies and city councils.
Dr Jun Li research experience and interests are mainly in the experimental and numerical study of structural safety under extreme loading events. Jun obtained his PhD from University of Western Australia with a topic “Development of a Simplified Numerical Method for Predicting Structural Response to Blast Load”. Since 2014, Jun worked on two ARC Discovery Projects on structural responses against blast loads. Jun has tested a large number of conventional reinforced concrete elements against close-in blast loads, and currently leads a project evaluating structural safety against natural gas explosions. Jun has also developed novel high-performance materials for blast resistant design.
Dr Muyi Yang is a Researcher in the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is also working in the Architecture & Analytics Platforms program at CSIRO Data 61. He has actively engaged in teaching, research and consulting in energy policy themes. Such themes include energy digitalisation, energy transition, institutions and governance, and macroeconomic modelling of policy impacts. Key research projects that he had undertaken include macroeconomic impacts of nuclear power, macroeconomic impacts of energy transition in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau greater bay region of China, institutional perspective on decarbonising the Australian electricity landscape, energy-food-water security challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, and an assessment of energy sector development in the Pacific.
Dr Suwin Sandu is an energy policy and modelling expert, specialising in analysis of cross-thematic issues that are at the interface of energy systems and the broader economy. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in academia and the public sector. He is actively engaged in teaching, research, and consulting in the energy and environmental policy fields, in both national and international settings. Key research projects that he had undertaken include: assessment of macroeconomic impacts of energy sector transition and energy efficiency improvements in Asia, energy policy analysis for small pacific island countries, energy-water-food security challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, water management and policies in Thailand, analysis of electricity demand patterns in Australia, long-term projections of Australia's energy demand-supply and associated greenhouse gas emissions; analysis of the impact of energy policies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia; analysis of economy-wide energy efficiency improvements; assessment of the international oil and gas markets and their implications for Australia; and economic assessment of Australian energy resources. He received a PhD and Masters degree in energy planning and policy from UTS.