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Creating a global energy system that is both environmentally and economically sustainable is unquestionably one of the largest challenges facing the scientific and engineering communities.
Alternative energy sources, new materials, and gas sequestration technologies have risen as a result of the combined needs for energy and environmental sustainability, with the focus moving increasingly away from more traditional combustion of fossil fuels.
The Energy Materials project focuses on progressing new energy technologies through the coupling of neutron-scattering tools and experts at the ANSTO's Bragg and Materials Engineering Institutes with external collaborators studying alternative energy systems and materials.
Neutron-scattering tools are extremely well suited for the study of new-energy systems and excel particularly in the study of hydrogen in materials and conductor materials (as used in fuel cells and batteries). In broad terms, the research of this project encompasses energy systems using hydrogen (hydrogen production, storage, and use in fuel-cells), solar-energy materials, and the study of energy-transport mechanisms in battery and ion-conductive materials. Our research activities can be summarised in five broad topics:
1. Hydrogen Production
2. Gas-Separation and Storage Materials
3. Fuel Cell Research
4. Lithium Conducting Materials for Lithium-Battery Applications
5. Semiconductor Materials for Dye-Sensitised Solar Cell Applications