Scaled model of a natural draft dry cooling tower in QGECE Heat Exchanger Laboratory
Scaled model of a natural draft dry cooling tower in QGECE Heat Exchanger Laboratory

The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) was formally established in 2009 with the appointment of an advisory Board and the Centre Director, Professor Hal Gurgenci.

The investment from the Queensland Government is $15 million over 5 years making the Queensland Geothermal Centre of Excellence the largest investment in geothermal energy research in Australia, and a significant step towards developing sustainable and clean energy production in Queensland. The University of Queensland is also contributing $3.3 million of in‑kind support for the Centre, including the construction of new facilities to hold the Centre offices and the laboratories on the St Lucia campus.

The Centre is currently undertaking research and development to progress large-scale electricity generation from subterranean hot rocks and hot sedimentary aquifers in Queensland and the rest of Australia.

The key areas of research for the centre include: 

  • new turbines for supercritical cycles and new cycle fluids
  • natural draft dry cooling towers and efficient heat exchangers
  • electricity transmission and power network modelling and
  • geothermal reservoir exploration, characterisation and management

The Centre, through its research and development efforts, aims to position Queensland as a leading technology provider in the growing international geothermal energy sector.

http://www.uq.edu.au/geothermal/

 

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