Monash University and Corio Generation collaborate to drive the growth of offshore wind energy in Australia

Monash University

Penny Pickett, Head of Australia at Corio Generation, and Professor Doron Ben-Meir, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President at Monash University

Monash University and Corio Generation (Corio) have entered into a memorandum of understanding designed to propel Australia’s renewable energy sector forward.

Corio Generation is developing the Great Eastern Offshore Wind project on the Gippsland offshore wind zone. It is projected to generate up to 2.5 GW of electricity and help to accelerate the offshore wind sector in Australia while supporting state and national efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

On 1 May 2024, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, announced the government’s preliminary intention to grant a feasibility licence to the Great Eastern Offshore Wind project, subject to Traditional Owner consultation. This project is one of twelve potential projects that have been granted a feasibility licence or there is a preliminary intention to offer by the government.

Through this partnership, Monash University – including the Monash Energy Institute and Faculties of Science, Engineering and IT – will support Corio as they commence the detailed assessment work required to determine feasibility.

“At Corio, we are very much committed to working with our education partners, including Monash University, to unlock potential, accelerate momentum, and ensure the industry delivers long-term career opportunities for students,” said Penny Pickett, Head of Australia at Corio Generation.

The MOU encompasses a range of academic and research activities, including:

  • Supporting workforce training for offshore wind in Australia
  • Conducting research and knowledge sharing in marine science, transmission, climate, environment, and associated technologies
  • Initiating workforce development programs tailored to the specific needs of the offshore wind industry
  • Providing work experience and integrated learning opportunities for students
  • Collaborating on stakeholder engagement in local communities where Corio’s projects are situated.

“Monash University’s arrangement with Corio underscores our commitment to industry capability building in service of climate change solutions,” said Professor Doron Ben-Meir, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President.

“Through our work together, we will aim to drive the growth of the offshore wind sector and further establish emerging pathways to foster sustainable development and economic prosperity in Australia.”

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