Energy Storage

Energy Storage

Our global energy systems are currently in rapid transformation, particularly through uptake of photovoltaic and wind power, driven by emissions reduction targets. The intermittent nature of these new generation sources presents challenges as we seek to further increase the use of renewable sources of power. Energy storage is a key component required for resilience in our future energy system, since it allows demand and supply to be de-coupled, ensuring that renewable energy can be used when it is needed, and not only when the sun shines or the wind blows.

Our research in energy storage spans from behind-the-meter systems such as clathrate semi-hydrate cold storage for buildings, to integration of battery storage into 'smart grids', to 'off-river' pumped hydro storage. In high-temperature thermal energy storage, we work to integrate with concentrating solar power systems, applied not only to electricity generation but also to supply of industrial process heat for chemical and metallurgical processing. In thermochemical storage, we develop carbonate thermochemical looping and metal oxide redox cycles. In sensible and latent storage concepts, we work on high-temperature eutectic salt mixtures compatible with sodium receivers. As well conducting system-level simulation and analysis, we maintain several active experimental facilities.

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Dr Zainul Abdin »

Lecturer and Grand Challenge Fellow

Dr Fiona J Beck »

FERL Fellow, ARC DECRA Fellow, Senior Lecturer

Professor Andrew Blakers »


Professor Kylie Catchpole »

Professor, Deputy Director, School of Engineering

Hongjun Chen »

Postdoctoral Fellow

Associate Professor Joe Coventry »

Associate Professor

The Duong

Dr. The Duong »

ARENA Postdoctoral Fellow

David Leibold »

School Visitor

A/Prof. Adrian Lowe »

Associate Professor

Bin Lu

Dr Bin Lu »

Research Fellow ACAP | Grand Challenge

Dr Chathurika Mediwaththe »

Research Fellow

Assoc Professor John Pye »

Associate Professor

Dr Elizabeth Ratnam »

FERL Fellow, Senior Lecturer

Paul Scott

Dr Paul Scott »

Research Fellow

Dr Matt Stocks »

Research Fellow

Professor Sylvie Thiebaux »

Professor, AAAI Fellow

Dr Juan Felipe Torres »

Research Fellow

Antonio Tricoli

Professor Antonio Tricoli »

Group Leader, Nanotechnology Research Laboratory

Assoc Professor Takuya Tsuzuki »

Associate Professor

Dr Xiaolin Wang »

Lecturer, DECRA Fellow


Cheng Cheng »

PhD Candidate

Shubhankar Kapoor »

PhD Student

Ms Lifeng Li »

PhD Student

Masoume Mahmoodi »

PhD Student

Gowtham Mohan

Mr Gowtham Mohan »

PhD Student

Mr Asim Riaz »

PhD Student

Mr Mahdiar Taheri »

Research Fellow

Mr Nan Wang »

PhD Candidate

Joyce Yeoh »

PhD Candidate


Dr Jose M. Alvarez »

Honorary Lecturer


Dr Jiabin Fang »

Campus Visitor

Mr Fan Zhang »

Occupational Trainee

Technical staff

Liam Hayes smiling brightly

Mr Liam Hayes »

Casual Research Assistant

Mr Mehdi Nikpendar »

Senior Technical Officer


Mr Hugo Temby »

Research Manager

16 Jun 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified 185 sites in South Australia potentially suitable for pumped hydro storage, which may help...
20 Mar 2017
The Australian Government has announced a $2 billion expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme, involving new tunnels and pumped hydro storage, designed to help stabilise...
17 Mar 2017
Former ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, has been appointed an honorary Associate Professor at the Research School of Electrical,...
27 Feb 2017
Pumped hydro storage can be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy, a new study from The Australian...
14 Nov 2016
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough...
Electric Car
14 Jun 2016
Make no mistake, Australia is in the grips of a long love affair with cars. According to ABS data, we collectively own 13.5 million of...
Wind turbine
21 Dec 2015
The ACT Government's new $10.8 million funding for a Renewable Energy Innovation Fund will provide great opportunities for ANU to further partner with industry to...
Lachlan Blackhall
30 Nov 2015
ANU Alumnus and Chief Technology Officer of Canberra-based firm Reposit Power, Lachlan Blackhall,...
Solar soldiers have their day in the sun
24 Sep 2014
All images used in this story have been provided by the Department of Defence. The Australian National University (ANU) is a step closer to...

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