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Deakin Energy Networks

Committing to energy transition through innovative partnerships

Collaborating across sectors to power the future of sustainable energy

Deakin Energy Networks is an ecosystem of collaborators across industry, government, and research, who share a commitment to an innovative transition to sustainable energy.

The global economic and social prosperity is critically dependent on sourcing a just and rapid energy transition and Deakin Energy Networks is committed to finding solutions to a clean energy future by working with similarly committed key partners.

By partnering with Deakin Energy Networks, government and industry can access the University’s existing assets and talent base, engage with research, training, and commercialisation experts and build their capacity and capability to resolve technical, economic and social barriers in driving clean energy solutions, and at pace.

Establishing an agile and multi-disciplined network will enable impactful research, training and commercialisation in each capability area.

Download the Deakin Energy Networks Prospectus 2023 (PDF, 5.8MB)

Our research pillars

Workforce Development

Deakin is developing multiple pathways through short stackable courses, professional development and micro-credentialing for accreditation. By combining continued excellence in teaching in partnerships with other training providers, Deakin seeks to become a leading provider of energy related talent.

Energy Systems and Data

Deakin has great strengths in engineering, information technology as well as through the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) and has capability in virtual reality and the internet of things. The Faculty of Business and Law also has experience and exposure in the human experience of technology adoption.

The Human Element

Increasingly commentators are coming to understand that the main challenge to the energy transition is a “people problem”.

Technologies once considered alternative or non-mainstream have not only become common place and accepted but also are cheaper and more accessible for a whole range of energy users.

Deakin will build on previous projects and bring new multi-disciplinary perspectives. Deakin can provide insights, pathways and solutions to planning, social licencing, heritage assessments, behaviour change, consumer perceptions, cluster development and business and community benefit models for energy stakeholders.

Manufacturing and Technology

Australia is potentially on the cusp of a reinvigoration of the manufacturing sector with competitive advantages in the supply of cheap renewable energy combined with storage, access to alternative fuels (e.g. hydrogen), and advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Through the Institute of Frontier Materials, ManuFutures and the REACH program Deakin has much to offer in terms of materials development and the enablement of the circular economy.

Work with us

Deakin University has an impressive history of successful partnerships in research and development. Tap into Deakin’s combined capabilities from across our faculties, research institutes and centres and collaborate with world-leading researchers who are at the forefront of energy research, innovation and education.

Deakin University has many strengths in the energy sector, ranging from living laboratories; world leading research capabilities across multiple institutes; teaching excellence across various faculties and schools; and exciting programs to support industry and research collaboration

Alfred Deakin Professor Maria Forsyth

Chair of Deakin Energy Networks

Cross-sectoral coalition issues urgent Call To Action on Climate Education Strategy

A coalition of organisations across a range of sectors, including universities, industry and environmental advocacy, have issued a joint call for a national Climate Education Strategy to ensure that Australia can meet its emissions reduction and energy transition targets.

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Our industry leading experts

Through the Deakin Energy Networks, you can partner with world-leading researchers in your industry.

Alfred Deakin Professor Maria Forsyth

  • A world leader in energy storage and sustainable infrastructure – with 30+ years’ experience in partnering with leading organisations
  • Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences (FAA)
  • Director ARC Industrial Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies (storEnergy)
  • Deputy Director Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
  • Associate Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • Winner of the Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI) 2017
  • Inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2020
  • An internationally recognised pioneer in designing new materials, understanding their behaviour and manufacturing next-generation energy storage
  • Email: Maria.forsyth@deakin.edu.au

Peter Hansford, Director Deakin Energy Networks

  • 20 years’ experience in food and agribusiness and 12 years in cleantech and renewable industry
  • Extensive experience in business development across Asia - India through to Japan
  • Sustainable industry development experience across regional Australia
  • Has worked as a journalist, trade commissioner, and industry advocate
  • Expert in maximising exposure of local technologies and regional development opportunities
  • Experienced in community and business engagement, strategy, communications and project design and advocacy
  • Strategic leader in business and market development

Phone: 0417 050 939
Email: Peter.hansford@deakin.edu.au

Associate Professor Robert Kerr

  • More than a decade's experience in electrochemical energy technologies, for both industry and academia.
  • Develops new technologies for hydrogen fuel cells, electrolysers, and advanced batteries.
  • Leads industry projects in battery materials and cell prototyping at Australia’s premier battery prototyping facility, Deakin’s Battery Research and Innovation Hub.
  • Passionate about developing and innovating materials to solve the challenges facing new energy industries.
  • Working on ARC Linkage Grant to develop next-generation solid-state batteries to drive an automotive revolution, in collaboration with researchers from Toyota, Japan.
  • Member of $9.4m Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) for Advanced Hybrid Batteries

Mobile: 0434 582 094
Email: robert.kerr@deakin.edu.au

Associate Professor Joshua Newton

  • Nationally-regarded authority on consumer perceptions of renewable energy technologies, including distributed energy resources (DER) and green hydrogen
  • Associate Dean of Research for Deakin’s Faculty of Business and Law
  • Co-founder of the Better Consumption Lab, examining how to motivate sustainable consumption
  • Psychology and marketing researcher with a background in environmental science.
  • Generating consumer insights to support industry partners such as Mondo Energy, AusNet Services and Australian Energy Market Operator.
  • Published research in a range of outlets including European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Business Research.

Phone: +61 3 9251 7830
Email: j.newton@deakin.edu.au

Professor Russell Tytler

  • Leads a very successful STEM Education research group
  • Serves on science expert group for the OECD PISA assessment.
  • Chief investigator on multiple ARC projects in STEM Education
  • Author of several influential reports on STEM Education

Phone: +61 3 522 72376
Email: russell.tytler@deakin.edu.au

Professor Mohamed Abdelrazek

  • A global authority in [field] — with 24 years’ experience partnering with leading organisations
  • Australian Space Researcher of the Year 2021
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor of defence technologies
  • Leads Australia’s largest research team in systems modelling and simulation
  • Conducts globally leading research in intelligent systems — providing the world’s first haptically enabled robotic VR system

Phone: +61 3 924 46140
Email: mohamed.abdelrazek@deakin.edu.au

Research, education and training

Our range of specialised research courses and training will help you gain the expertise needed to develop solutions for global environmental issues.

Our capabilities

Human Element

Theme

CapabilityDepartments
Building/maintaining social licence

Assessing the level of social licence that has been secured in a community with respect to new energy technologies

Building social licence with communities

Examining how the media shapes community

Better Consumption Lab/ Department of Marketing

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Media and narratives

Examining how the media shapes community

Evaluating community narratives about energy

Using data journalism to enhance climate and energy literacies

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Consumer insights

Examining the social psychology for why consumers do – or do not – adopt new energy technologies or behaviours

Better Consumption Lab / Department of Marketing

School of Psychology

Consumer behaviour change

Developing and assessing campaigns aimed at accelerating consumers’ adoption of energy technologies

Better Consumption Lab / Department of Marketing

Department of Economics

Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

School of Communication and Creative Arts

School of Psychology

Policy development and advocacy

Developing energy-related policies, particularly in the areas of

Decarbonising health organisation and Building)

HOME (Strategic Research and Innovation Centre)

Sustainable Health Network / School of Health and Social Development

Policy analysis

Evaluating energy policy, particularly with respect to:

  • Onshore and offshore gas developments
  • Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021
  • Intersection between property law and energy
  • Mining and mineral rights

Deakin Law School

Policy perceptions

Evaluating public perceptions of proposed energy policy

Building public support for proposed energy policies

Better Consumption Lab / Department of Marketing

School of Communication and Creative Arts

School of Psychology

Modelling and evaluating energy policy

Modelling the effects that proposed energy policies

Evaluating the microeconomic and macroeconomic impacts of energy policy change

Department of Economics

Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

Energy economics and analytics

Analysing the costs vs. benefits of adopting new energy technologies

Identifying the cost/benefit thresholds

Department of Economics

Sustainable Health Network / Faculty of Health

Forecasting energy demand

Short-term forecasting of energy demand at different levels of specificity (suburb, state etc.)

Detecting EVs from electricity consumption data

Department of Finance

Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

Energy efficiency

Reducing the energy demands of new and existing buildings

Integration of new energy technologies

Renovations of existing housing stock

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Health and wellbeing implications of passive homes

Evaluating the biophysical and psychosocial implications of living

Sustainable Health Network / School of Health and Social Development

Enhancing the supply of sustainable housing stock

Identifying the regulatory, financial etc. barriers to enhancing the supply of sustainable homes

HOME (Strategic Research and Innovation Centre)

Corporate ESG

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Department of Management, Deakin Business School

Workforce development

Theme

CapabilityDepartments

Responsive industry

training packages

Hydrogen mobility and storage

Hycel

Battery innovation

Advanced battery materials and technologies - scale-up.

The Battery Research and Innovation Hub

Sustainable manufacturing and construction

Manufutures

Technical staff training for transforming the workforce for new manufacturing methods I4.0 and I5.0

School of Engineering

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Microgrids, integrating energy systems

School of Engineering

School of Information Technology (IT)

Global Studios

Commercialisation partnerships

REACH

Curriculum design

Developing and evaluating school classroom-based resources that bring contemporary science issues, such as renewable energy, climate change education into the classroom.  Building the capacity of teachers to leverage these resources. Building the capacity of teachers to leverage these resources.

School of Education

Developing and evaluating energy curricula for undergraduate and TAFE courses

School of Engineering

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Career awareness

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Co-design and implementation of REACH-aligned (renewable and circular economies) educational resources with educators

School of Education

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Developing and evaluating sustainability /energy related curricula for business / responsible management

Department of Management, Deakin Business School

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Director

Continuing professional development program for engineers

School of Engineering

Energy technology courses for professional users

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Just transition short courses

School of Engineering

Business management & Law

Developing climate change education courses for professionals

School of Education

Development and implementation of circular economy/sustainable chemistry courses for educators/ professionals

School of Education

Energy sector education and training policy and practice

Reviewing workforce demands for energy transition

Deakin Energy Networks

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Hycel

Energy transition sector career advice

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Climate Change /Energy transition communication

Faculty of Arts and Education

Life cycle assessment

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Stackable short courses

Modular short courses for professional development or to flexibly fit into qualifications, focused on energy transitions.

School of Engineering

School of Education

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

storEnergy aligned to Global Studio

MOOCs

Development to order of MOOCS for funded projects

Global studio

School of Engineering

Microcredentials

Currently being explored to contribute to multiple courses.

Global studio

School of Education

School of Engineering

Energy System and Data

Theme

CapabilityDepartments

Electric Vehicles

  • Efficient and Private Scheduling of Wireless Electric Vehicles Charging Using Reinforcement Learning
  • Data privacy of wireless charging vehicle to grid (v2g) networks with federated learning

School of Information Technology (IT)

Smart Meters

  • Privacy-Cost Optimization of Smart Meters Using URLLC and Demand Side Energy Trading
  • Fair and Efficient Distributed Edge Learning With Hybrid Multipath TCP
  • Practically Private Smart Meters with Energy Storage: An Experience-Driven Approach

School of Information Technology (IT)

Digital Twins

Develop innovative twins of different energy systems at different levels of granularities and different use cases. This allows efficient and practical management, operation and planning of the energy system under consideration.

School of Information Technology (IT)

Applied AI Institute

Planning Charging & Refuelling Networks

Develop models to inform the sizing and placement of different charging and refuelling infrastructures taking into account technical and financial benefits

School of Information Technology (IT)

Cyber-physical energy systems

Smart grid, cyber-physical modelling, cybersecurity

School of Engineering

Communications and networks for smart energy systems

School of Engineering

Big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data analytics applications

School of Engineering

Demand response and demand side management

School of Engineering

Energy trading and transactive energy management

School of Engineering

Future power grid

Power system dynamics, stability, control and protection

School of Engineering

Security assessment of the power grid in the presence of distributed generators and microgrids

School of Engineering

Power system economics

School of Engineering

Microgrid systems as components of the power network data-driven event-triggered control for microgrids and power systems

School of Engineering

  • Smart asset management
  • Standards and policies

School of Engineering

Renewable energy and energy storage

  • Renewable and distributed energy systems
  • Plug-in electric vehicle and energy storage
  • Power electronics applications
  • Ancillary services
  • renewable energy and EV integration, impact assessment.

School of Engineering

Data-driven modeling, estimation and control for inverter-interfaced renewable energy systems

Data-driven modeling for power systems integrated with inverter-interfaced renewable energy systems.

Data-driven estimation methods for large-scale power systems with limited system knowledge and unknown and uncertain inputs.

Data-driven and machine learning enabled control for inverter-based modern power grids with model predictive control and renewable and load forecasting.

School of Engineering

Network Modelling and Management including advanced predicative maintenance and anomalies

Modelling technical aspects of the LV/MV networks, vegetation and network physical infrastructure health monitoring using AI/ML (e.g. computer vision /drones to inspect poles)

School of Information Technology (IT)

School of Engineering

Applied AI Institute

Energy systems feasibility

Conduct feasibility studies and toolset to assess different energy solutions – e.g. microgrids, community batteries, etc.

School of Information Technology (IT)

School of Engineering

Applied AI Institute

Infrastructure Security and Data Security & Privacy

Design and develop security protocols, plan and propose risk management frameworks, model cyber attacks and define attack detection/mitigation modules, design and develop data privacy protocols

Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST)

Consumer/device behaviour profiling

Develop AI/ML models and systems to predict the demand and generation of different parts in the network depending on historic data

Applied AI Institute

School of Information Technology (IT)

School of Engineering

Awareness and Education

Develop software systems including AR/VR capabilities to train different stakeholders including planners, operators, consumers


Manufacturing and Technology

Theme

CapabilityDepartments

Batteries

Materials development

Cell prototyping

Cell testing

Product testing (EV, residential)

Noise vibration of cells and modules

Fault diagnosis

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

The Battery Research and Innovation Hub

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Fuel Cells

Materials development

Cell modelling

Component manufacture

Stack assembly

Hycel

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Critical metals

Mineralogy and characterisation

Electrochemical recovery method development

Catalysts

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Hybrid energy systems engineering

Stack testing

Inverter design and prototyping

Hycel

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

School of Information Technology (IT)

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

Manufutures

Applied AI Institute

Materials for H2 distribution and storage systems

Materials compatibility testing

Pipework field testing

Metals/alloys design and performance

Hycel

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Carbon Nexus

Device housing/structural components

Mechanical design

Additive manufacturing

Engineering services

Flexible forming

Thermal modeling/management (cruise software)

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Manufutures

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

Micro-grids

Design of stand-alone microgrids

Design of resilient power supplies including grid-connected microgrids for edge of grid communities

Demand forecasting and pricing

(query A2I2 software design capacity)

Performance optimization

Software design

Micro-grid

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Applied AI Institute

Sustainable energy infrastructure

Modelling, design of infrastructure including off-shore wind turbines and solar farms

Construction of solar farms, wind turbines and other components

Energy pipelines for future fuels (metals)

Structure health monitoring and protection

Deakin Digital Design and Engineering Centre (3DEC)

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

School of Information Technology (IT)

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

Economic impact and feasibility

Cost benefit analysis and feasibility

P2P energy trading

Natural experiments

Field experiments

Impact on intangibles eg environment

Life-cycle modelling

Total cost of ownership models

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Research partnerships

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

IoT

IoT design and development

Sensor technology development

Communications development

IoT implementation

Data capture and data analysis

IoT systems integration

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)

Manufutures

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

School of Information Technology (IT)

Applied AI Institute

Our energy research infrastructure

Nationally significant initiatives like the Battery Research and Innovation Hub and Hycel, in conjunction with microgrids can provide industry with greater control over their energy future. Explore our research institutes,  facilities and initiatives.

Contact us

Interested in working with Deakin Energy Networks? Get in touch.

Sona Shekibi 
Project Coordinator
Deakin Energy Networks
Email: dens@deakin.edu.au