UNSW is at the forefront of the development of clean technologies for energy harvesting, conversion, storage and use. From the atomic to the large scale, the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering is world renowned for developing new ideas and efficiently translating them to industrial practice. Our photovoltaic research is divided into three interlinked strands involving first, second and third generation photovoltaics.
Excellence and innovation is paramount with our researchers having held the world record in high efficiency silicon solar cells for well over two decades. We develop new catalytic and photocatalytic materials for the direct conversion of raw materials such as carbon dioxide and water into valuable chemicals and energy feedstock including hydrogen. Innovative engineering of novel hybrid materials facilitates applications such as the safe storage and use of hydrogen as a clean energy vector and development of advanced electrode materials for novel battery technologies. We provide technical expertise that can help develop high efficiency and low emissions power and energy systems.