An Australian government research organization teams with an auto-industry developer to create the Center for Hybrid Energy Systems, a research facility for cutting-edge renewable and hybrid energy technologies.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s center will be a hub for researchers and industry to identify, improve and apply energy technologies.
Center partner Delta Energy Systems Australia is a developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly electric vehicles and solar-supported, fast-charging technologies.
The center will share the benefits of emerging hybrid-energy systems with industry and government to maximize the value of local energy sources.
CSIRO Fellow Sukhvinder Badwal says there is a rapidly growing global demand for hybrid-energy systems based on increased availability of renewable and modular power generation and storage technologies such as batteries, fuel cells and household solar electricity.
“These technologies are becoming cost-competitive, but the key to greater use is to combine them in connected hybrid systems,” Badwal says in a statement. “By doing this, we can offer substantial improvements in performance, reliability of power, flexibility and cost.”
Delta Energy Director Allen Chao says his company plans a range of research projects with CSIRO.
Bernie O’Connor, senior executive board advisor-Toyota Australia, says the company recognizes the importance of research into alternate green-energy sources, “as well as its role in the development of future infrastructure for fuel-cell vehicles, which are powered exclusively by hydrogen.”
The center also will provide education, testing and certification services for emerging storage-battery, hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies.