Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence

Throughout the world, developed and developing nations are seeking sustainable energy solutions to the growing and complex needs of industry, government and communities of all types. The ultimate energy source would be emission-free, abundant, price-competitive, long-term and be able to deliver reliable base-load power.

Together, the Centre team and its collaborators will have expertise to meet the key challenges posed by the Centre's ambitious vision. These are:

  • Optimum energy extraction and sustainable resource management
  • Efficient power conversion. The Centre will explore radically new options based on synergies with other generation technologies, especially solar-thermal and natural gas augmentation. It will also review possibilities which have been proposed in earlier research.
  • A cooling system for desert zone in the world's driest inhabited continent. This will demand extreme efficiency at condensing the working fluid. As advances in colling have benefits for conventional power plants, innovative platforms for coolling systems will be a significant focus of the Centre.
  • To resolve transmission issues inherent to a power plant which is located more than 500km from major load centres and the national grid.
  • http://www.uq.edu.au/geothermal/index.html


Funding: Queensland Government
Status: Completed


Chief Investigator/s: 
  • Professor Tapan Saha
Research Staff: 
  • Dr Mehdi Eghbal
RHD Student: 
  • Mr Kazi Nazmul Hasan
  • Miss Mai Nguyen