Australian-Chinese Lab To Cut Greenhouse Emissions

The University of New South Wales and Hangzhou Cable Joint Laboratory will be aimed at transforming electricity transmission.

AsianScientist (Aug. 24, 2016) – The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Chinese state-owned manufacturer Hangzhou Cable Co. have set up a joint laboratory in Australia that promises to cut power costs and greenhouse gas emissions by improving electricity transmission.

The AU$10 million (~US$7.6 million) lab on UNSW’s main Kensington campus will develop a prototype of graphene-based cable technology invented by UNSW materials scientist Professor Sean Li and colleagues. The technology is aimed at overcoming persistent electricity leakage that plagues conventional power cable and grids.

The project is the first to be unveiled as part of the Torch initiative, modeled on China’s highly successful Torch program that promotes the co-location of businesses, universities and research organizations within dedicated science and technology parks. The Torch precinct at UNSW is the first outside China.

If successfully commercialized, the technology could save some 275 terrawatt hours of power a year across China alone—more than Australia’s entire annual energy consumption. A ten meter long prototype cable will be developed in Australia before a planned scale up to industrial trials and application in China.

“The impact on the electricity sector, in terms of financial savings and environmental gains, would be profound,” said Zhang Zhihong, the director general of China’s Torch program.


Source: University of New South Wales.
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