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 Operability (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.


Project 2: 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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Program 2: 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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Program 2: 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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Program 3: Open Specification for Analytics Interoperability (20.RP3.0048)

Accelerating change in the energy sector is causing many companies to invest heavily in advanced analytical capabilities as a way of leveraging digital disruption to remain competitive. However, a lack of sophisticated interoperability between these technologies means companies are facing significant challenges including vendor lock-in, organisational silos, and management of change; all while being required…

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Digital Competencies

Program 4: 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

Program 3: 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

Program 4: 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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