UTS races towards more sustainable energy
A super-charged research partnership will power new technologies to reduce emissions, improve reliability and reduce energy bills for Australian households and businesses.
The Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030) will deliver a suite of world-leading energy solutions ranging from smart inverters to renewable micro-grids.
RACE for 2030 has been awarded $68.5 million in Australian Government funding over the next decade, leveraging approximately $280 million worth of contributions from commercial, government and academic partners.
The University of Technology Sydney is leading the RACE for 2030 – partnering with eight universities and CSIRO, four state governments, eight energy networks, energy retailers, technology providers, energy users and consumer representatives.
UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Kate McGrath, said the ambitious scale of the partnership is essential to put Australian businesses and households at the forefront of the energy transition.
“The major Australian Government investment means this is the largest cooperative research centre in the country, with a scale that reflects UTS’ ambitions in delivering excellent research with practical impact," she said.
Innovations from RACE for 2030 have the potential to transform our energy systems and drive a customer-centred clean energy transition.
Kate McGrath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
"It highlights our dedication to tackle issues that are important to individual Australians, businesses and our shared sustainable future,” she said.
“Drawing on the expertise of 91 partners and investments of almost $350 million in cash and in-kind over the next decade, innovations from RACE for 2030 have the potential to transform our energy systems and drive a customer-centred clean energy transition.
“RACE CRC will also help UTS and our partners build our talent and capabilities in these critical areas for the future with more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to be embedded with industry partners.”
RACE for 2030 Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jon Jutsen, said their research programs will deliver new energy solutions to cut energy bills for consumers, boost business productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and optimise the energy grid to increase reliability.
“We want to catalyse transformative change in energy use. We’re committed to delivering practical outcomes for Australia and build Australian energy technology businesses,” he said.
Find out more at www.racefor2030.net.au