Original Published Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020

A new $800,000 ARC Future Fellowship led by Dr Yao Zheng at The University of Adelaide will harness Australia’s abundant solar and wind energy sources, by storing them in fuels and chemicals in a novel electrocatalytic refinery system.

Future fuels and chemicals from such an electrocatalytic refinery process will be built from small-molecule sources like water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Clean, and with low greenhouse gas emissions, these new fuels are designed to be sustainable, safe, and easy to store and transport, and have the potential to provide great environmental benefits to Australia and the world.

The project supports Australia's aspirations to create new markets and supply chains as a renewable energy exporter, with an expansion of Australian industries and employment, particularly in the rural and regional areas that are most exposed to the decline of extraction industries.

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