School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

The Renewable Energy Conversion Centre of Excellence (RECCE) has received support from Queensland State Government ($15m) and Australian Federal Government ($87m in conjunction with 6 other partners) through establishment of The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) in 2009 and The Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative/Institute (ASTRI) in 2013; respectively. RECCE is now home to both QGECE and P31A (of ASTRI). The Centre aims at developing enabling technologies for advancement of renewable energy and optimizing non-renewable energy conversion processes.

The global network of collaborators with the RECCE includes solar, wind and geothermal companies, equipment manufacturers, renewable energy consultants, universities, as well as national and international energy agencies and research centres.

Together, the Centre team and its collaborators have expertise to meet the key challenges posed by the Centre’s ambitious vision. These are:

  • Optimum energy extraction and sustainable resource management.
  • Efficient power conversion through the development of advanced turbines/expanders. The Centre is exploring radically new options based on synergies with other renewable and non-renewable electricity generation technologies. It is also reviewing possibilities which have been proposed in earlier research.
  • A cooling system for a desert zone in the world’s driest inhabited continent. This demands extreme efficiency in condensing/cooling the working fluid. Advances in thermal management have benefits for conventional power plants hence, the Centre focuses on innovative platforms for cooling systems.
  • Resolve transmission issues inherent to renewable power plants which are located more than 500km from major load centres and the national grid.
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