The FEnEx CRC has two core and two cross-cutting research programs; Efficient LNG Value Chains (Core), Hydrogen Export and Value Chains (Core), Digital Technologies and Interoperability (Cross-Cutting) and Market and Sector Development (Cross-Cutting). The projects on this page provide an overview of the project, the partners and the duration of the study. The CRC is always looking for interesting opportunities within its scope to explore topics of specific interest to organisations in the energy sector. Please contact Professor Eric May, CEO to discuss your interests.


Bridging Blue and Green Hydrogen (21.RP2.0085)

Despite reducing costs associated with the production of green hydrogen, the production of blue hydrogen remains cheaper and is frequently considered as a transitional hydrogen production option as part of establishing a hydrogen economy. Blue hydrogen production is conventionally executed via steam methane reforming (SMR) coupled with CO2 sequestration. SMR is however an endothermic reaction,…

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Enabling Large-Scale Hydrogen Underground Storage in Porous Media (21.RP2.0091)

Hydrogen will play an important role in the energy transition as an energy carrier for Australia and globally. Moreover, Australia also has great opportunities to export hydrogen given its geographical and natural resources’ strengths. Australia could export over three million tons hydrogen to meet the global hydrogen demand by 2040, worth up to $10 billion…

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Using big data and strategic communication to support the hydrogen industry’s evolution in Australia (21.RP4.0104)

Hydrogen has been identified as an essential component of Australia’s energy future, with the potential to significantly reduce emissions, create Australian jobs, and build a valuable export industry. The National Hydrogen Strategy (NHS) identifies a collaborative roadmap for regulation, export, and safety, which form part of the hydrogen energy narrative. However, within this context, there…

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Hydrogen 4:0 Design and Development of Cyber-Physical Systems for an Interoperable Renewable Hydrogen Plant (21.RP2.0062)

Hydrogen is expected to be the energy of the future. The hydrogen market opens up a great opportunity for Australia to become one of the significant exporters of hydrogen to the world by having great access to the coastal transport ports, infrastructure and resource for hydrogen production, and cutting‐edge research institutes to improve hydrogen production…

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Paths to a sustainable hydrogen supply chain (21.RP2.0065)

Hydrogen production, storage and transport are seen as key enabling technologies to allow the transition to a hydrogen economy. However, there remains multiple challenges facing such supply chain development. Technology readiness, technology scale-up and access to low-cost renewable electricity remain significant hurdles; overcoming these will be pivotal in unlocking such a hydrogen economy. This project…

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Direct Ammonia Reduction of Iron Ore (21.RP2.0060)

Ammonia (NH3) is an excellent hydrogen (H2) carrier and a practically effective means of exporting Australia’s rich renewable energy resources. Ammonia (NH3) may also be used as a carbon-free reductant of iron ore for the production of iron. This project seeks to research and develop the use of ammonia (NH3) as a reliable renewable reductant…

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Fully DC Microgrid for Green Hydrogen Production (21.RP2.0061)

This project aims to fill a research gap in the production of hydrogen from renewable energy (RE) sources, by focusing on the transition from AC to fully DC microgrids for green hydrogen production. The existing limitations with the current RE AC microgrids such as low efficiency, high cost and size as well as the current…

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Fluidised-bed combustion of ammonia (NH3) for stationary combined heat and power generation (21.RP2.0059)

Challenge – Ammonia is an excellent hydrogen carrier and a practical means to export carbon-free fuel.  It can be made at scale from entirely renewable resources and its combustion emits no carbon oxides, sulfur oxides or particulate matter.  However, its combustion characteristics are very different to conventional hydrocarbon fuels. To use ammonia directly as a…

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Open Specification for Analytics Interoperability (20.RP3.0048)

Challenge – Many companies are investing in advanced analytical capabilities to remain competitive.  But data about processes often exists in organisational silos, and a lack of interoperability across both data and analytical systems has caused extensive challenges in all sectors, including the energy sector.  These challenges severely hamper the sector’s ability to gain from the…

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Digital Competencies

Developing a Digital Competencies Framework (20.RP4.0041)

Challenge – Digital innovations are becoming widespread in almost every industry, and the energy sector has not been immune to this.  The sector generates data at an astounding rate, and these datasets represent critical assets that can enable transformations from improved efficiency, effectiveness and safety of operations to reduced environmental footprint and even business model…

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Digital Twin Feasibility

Digital Twin ​Feasibility Study (20.RP3.0042)

Challenge – Digital twins are virtual representations that serve as a real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process.  They can be continuously updated using real-time data and use simulation to enrich information about the process modelled.  Digital twins can be used to support decision making, increase efficiency, identify trends, raise alerts about process…

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Net Zero Australia

Net Zero Australia (20.RP4.0052)

A two-year collaboration has begun to analyse how Australia can achieve a net zero economy by 2050. The Net Zero Australia (NZAu) project is a collaborative partnership between the University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Princeton University and management consultancy Nous Group. It is based on Princeton University’s Net-Zero America study, which has attracted…

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