ARENA has announced nine research and development projects to be supported through its latest Industry-researcher collaboration R&D funding round, while 6 new directors have been appointed to the ARENA Board for a two year term.

ARENA says the R&D funding will create clear pathways for renewable energy technologies to move from the laboratory to field by fostering collaboration between research institutions and industry.

The full list of project partners can be found on the ARENA website here.

“Each successful project is focussed on delivering commercially viable solutions, aimed at solving a current industry challenges,” Mr Frischknecht said.

“The rich array of industry partners shows the breadth of sectors that will be involved in the transformation of Australia’s energy networks and systems.

Mr Frischknecht said that research institutions will join the resources, agriculture, finance and property development industries to deliver the projects alongside utilities, power companies and renewable energy businesses.

“ARENA’s $17 million funding is leveraging substantial contributions from private and public sectors, with combined project values totalling more than $54 million. This will tap into our home-grown ingenuity and complement our existing portfolio of 144 R&D projects.”

New directors appointed to ARENA’s board

The new directions are:

  • Martijn Wilder AM
  • Susan Jeanes
  • Meg McDonald
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe
  • Maria Atkinson AM
  • Jonathan Jutsen

They join Environment Department Secretary Gordon de Brouwer who is already a Director.

Mr Martijn Wilder has also been appointed as ARENA Chair.