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.

The focus of Deakin Energy Networks centres around four pillars:

  • Workforce development
  • Energy systems and Data
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • The Human Element

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

Deakin Energy Networks will act as a central repository for relationships and intelligence and a gateway and enabler of connections between external stakeholders and Deakin's considerable energy capabilities and assets

Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Our research

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.

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.

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 Business and Law Faculty 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.

Reliable, affordable and clean energy is, and will remain, a key focus for investment, government policy, community sentiment and behaviour for decades to come.

Being part of the Deakin Energy Network is being part of the solution.

The Battery Research and Innovation Hub

The Battery Research and Innovation Hub is a unique, world class, purpose-built, research and innovation centre for battery design and development, encompassing research, pilot-scale manufacturing and the commercialisation of energy storage technologies.


As one of Australia’s first facilities for safely testing, manufacturing, optimising and training in new hydrogen technologies, Hycel is focused on technologies that use hydrogen rather than processes that produce it.

Work with us

Deakin University has an impressive history of successful partnerships in research and development.

By being part of the Network, you will be tapping into Deakin’s combined capabilities from across our faculties, research institutes and centres and collaborating with world-leading researchers who are at the forefront of energy research, innovation and education.

Contact us

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