ARC Research Hub to address energy storage

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Judi Zielke PSM, welcomes, with Senator for Victoria Jess Walsh, the launch of the ARC Research Hub for Safe and Reliable Energy (SafeREnergy) in Melbourne today.

The SafeREnergy Hub will develop real-world solutions to battery products for industry usage and everyday applications. The batteries will be safer, have higher capacity and longer life cycles, and will be used in manufactured goods such as electric vehicles, drones, and e-scooters.

Ms Zielke says the SafeREnergy Hub’s research will produce immediate and applicable contributions for energy storage from small scale portable devices to large scale industrial applications.

“The Hub’s research will deliver a new generation of technologies for energy storage using recycled and natural materials and eliminating the serious fire risk in current lithium-ion technologies.” Ms Zielke said.

The SafeREnergy Hub, led by Deakin University, is a partnership with battery industry companies and the University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, University of Sydney, University of Adelaide, and University of Southern Queensland.

The ARC is investing $5 million over five years in this ARC Research Hub, under the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program. The SafeREnergy Hub is also receiving $4.9 million in cash contributions, and $5.6 million in in-kind support from other participating organisations.

The ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs support collaborative cutting-edge research focussed on new technologies and economic, commercial, and social transformation.

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