Harvesting sunlight to meet our world's increasing energy demand
Developing new nanomaterials to capture sunlight and convert it into renewable fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia, and hydrocarbons.
To meet the net zero emissions target while still meeting our increasing energy demand, we must develop a sustainable energy economy. The sun is the Earth’s most abundant, renewable energy resource. Australia has the highest solar radiation per square metre and consequently some of the best solar energy resources in the world. Sun-powered future ‘factories’ to make solar fuels have the potential to meet our clean energy needs.
We are striving to harvest and utilise sunlight to meet our world’s increasing energy demand using Earth-abundant resources – without use of fossil fuels.
We will create new nanomaterials and chemical processes to enable the future ‘solar fuel factories’ to capture and “bottle” sunlight in the form of energy-rich, renewable fuels, such as hydrogen, ammonia, and hydrocarbons.
To achieve the overarching goal, we will: