Collaborate with us to create innovative solutions
The importance of eradicating carbon and achieving net-zero emissions is at a critical point in Australia and globally.
We work with communities, businesses and governments to co-design practical solutions for the challenges in moving to clean and renewable energies, integrating new technologies, and bringing society along with us.
Whether you’re a solo operator, work in a large business, or in government, we work with individuals and organisations across the full energy ecosystem and want to collaborate with you.
By combining your insights and experience with our expertise in both research and technology, together we can create bold solutions that address some of the world's most pressing energy challenges.
From providing policy insights to developing new technology
With expertise spanning all facets of energy systems, materials, hydrogen and clean fuels, and power generation and transport, we can work with your organisation in numerous ways.
It might mean deploying smart technologies, or creating new ones. We can provide knowledge and insights that complement your practices, or help you create new ways of doing things and make better decisions.
We can help with things like:
- Integrating renewable energy sources into the grid
- Carbon capture and storage
- Developing novel materials and processes to support emission reduction
- Assessing hydrogen integration into the gas network
- Improving performance and affordability of batteries
- Developing energy efficient lighting
- Zero emissions power generation
- Optimising materials for energy generation, storage, transport, and consumption.
Why our partners choose us
Open and collaborative
We take a genuinely collaborative approach to partnerships and believe trust and openness is key to lasting results. We work closely to understand your needs, evaluate the risks and identify the opportunities in every project.
Flexible and agile
True collaborations can – and should – evolve. We are committed to being responsive and transparent, and working together to ideate, test and develop the best solution.
As a partner, you’ll have access to the infrastructure and resources that make translating ideas into impact possible. This includes purpose-built precincts such as Melbourne Connect and Fishermans Bend.
Our capabilities mean working with us is easy, reliable and set up for success. As well as supported by the Melbourne Energy Institute, all partnerships are assigned a relationship manager to be your link with the University – and ensure timelines and objectives are met.
Global leader in research
Consistently ranked a top university around the world for research*, we have world leading researchers dedicated to transitioning to a low-carbon future.
*Times Higher Education World University ranking 2021.
Helping farmers survive drought
Less than 70 per cent of distributed irrigation water reaches farms – lost in transit through leakage, seepage, evaporation and measurement errors. As part of a long-term partnership with us, Rubicon Water has developed a much-needed system for automating irrigation, enabling up to 90 per cent of distributed water reach farms. The collaboration has also helped transform Rubicon from start-up to a publicly listed company, helping increase their impact globally.
- Impact: Farms worldwide are surviving drought, increasing crop yields, and saving billions of litres of water each year
- Innovation: Total Channel Control® – a system for automating irrigation
- Partner: Rubicon Water
- Partnership approach: Jointly developed IP
Supporting renewables through improved wind forecasting
Wind is a key source of renewable energy, but its variable nature can be hard to forecast. In close collaboration, Meridian Energy Australia (MEA) and the University of Melbourne have developed and implemented a real-time wind forecasting system that can be integrated into existing systems and processes. With support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the ongoing project is helping the uptake of renewables into the market, while also reducing emissions, costs and maintaining system security.
Impact: Increased uptake of renewables, greater efficiency, emissions reduction, system security
Innovation: An improved and integrated wind forecasting system
Partner: Meridian Energy Australia
Type of partnership: Ongoing research project
AusNet is very pleased to be working with the University of Melbourne on Project EDGE. AusNet and the University have worked on several important projects over the last few years as our partnership has grown. The University’s deep understanding of distribution networks, distributed energy resources and the orchestration of new forms of energy market will play a key role in delivering this project.
John Theunissen, Director Smart Networks at AusNet Services
Whether you have a specific challenge to overcome, or you’re interested in finding out about potential opportunities for your organisation to collaborate with us, get in touch now to start a conversation or subscribe to our climate change news.