Energy and Nanotechnologies: Priority Areas for Australia's Future

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Tegart, Greg (2009) Energy and Nanotechnologies: Priority Areas for Australia's Future. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 76 (9). pp. 1240-1246. ISSN 0040-1625


This paper explores the possibilities offered by the use of nanotechnologies to contribute to new and improved approaches to energy conversion, storage and distribution in Australia in the short term(less than5 years),mediumterm(5–15 years) and long term(greater than 15 years). In 2007 the Australian Academyof Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) examined the potential for the application of nanotechnologies to future energy systems in Australia. Four workshops were held in major cities around Australia bringing ATSE Fellows and experts together for brainstorming sessions and a questionnairewas circulatedmorewidely. These provided inputs on future energy needs in Australia and the critical areas to be considered in research and commercialisation of nanotechnologies in energy systems. Using a matrix approach a number of opportunities were identified as short term — energy conservation, environmental management, catalysts for combustion, photovoltaic cells; medium term — catalysts for conversion of biomass, gas and coal, fuel cells, advanced photovoltaics, capture and storage of carbon dioxide; and long term — hydrogen production, storage and use. These applications are discussed in the Australian context. The implications for government policy on support of the findings are discussed.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2009.06.010
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1007 Nanotechnology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Keywords ResPubID17942, nanotechnologies, energy futures, energy conversion, energy storage, energy use
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