Research Reports

RACE for Business

  • Flexing industrial refrigeration: A feasibility study for Australian abattoirs

    Abattoirs are energy-intensive businesses that use vast amounts of energy for both heating (steam and hot water) and cooling…

  • Using phase change materials for flexible demand in industrial refrigeration

    Using phase change materials for flexible demand in industrial refrigeration

  • Electrifying the Cold Chain - Phase 1: Concept Development

    This project has reviewed three commercial transport refrigeration systems (vapour compression, cryogenic and eutectic) and developed a concept design for an innovative eutectic refrigeration system.

  • Biogas from agricultural waste - A techno-economic evaluation

    This report contains a techno-economic assessment of biogas production using agricultural wastes including sugar mill wastes and chicken manure.

  • Food Value Chain

    The food value chain faces many challenges as it delivers essential and valued services to consumers while confronting climate change, increasing costs, disruptive innovation, extreme competition and many other issues.

  • Mapping Organic Waste in Sydney: Advancing Anaerobic Co-Digestion

    The energy, water and waste sectors share a common policy objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and a commitment to the Global Methane Pledge of cutting at least 30% of anthropogenic methane emissions by 2030 from 2020 levels.

  • Testing and monitoring of an energy-efficient indirect evaporative (dew-point) CO2 (DP-CO2) refrigeration system at a Coles supermarket in Adelaide

    We have published two milestones reports for this project that can be found on the project's webpage.

  • Improving biogas production of sewage sludge

    Two pretreatment options for improving energy from wastewater treatment plant sludges – thermal hydrolysis and wet air oxidation – are explored in this report.

  • Techno-economic Feasibility Study of Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR) for improving Energy Efficiency in Meat Rendering

    This report is the culmination of a targeted technical and economic feasibility study aimed at reducing the risk of adoption of Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR) technology for heat supply in the meat rendering and processing

  • Industry 4.0 Opportunities in White Certificate Schemes

    We have published two milestones reports for this project that can be found on the project's webpage.

RACE for Homes

  • Pathways to scale: Retrofitting One Million+ homes

    Australia needs a targeted and coordinated effort to retrofit the millions of existing homes. This reports presents the foundational…

  • 'Renovate or Rebuild' full series evaluation

    'Renovate or Rebuild' is an Australian lifestyle and reality television show about residential real estate that stems from an overarching goal to stimulate..

  • Incentivising within-day shifting of household electricity use

    This project involved the design, implementation and evaluation of the Load-shifting Challenge, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) specifically designed to test the impact of different incentive schemes on household load shifting, energy procurement costs and net program cost

RACE for Networks

  • Curtailment and Network Voltage Analysis Study (CANVAS)

    Australia has world leading uptake of distributed PV (D-PV) and increasing installations of battery energy storage systems (BESS)…

  • Pathways for Urban Renewable Energy Zones

    This RACE project brought together a group of organisations from universities, state governments, technology providers, industry experts, electricity network businesses and energy retailers to explore whether a Urban Renewable Energy Zone (UREZ) is a useful mechanism to accelerate DER investments in our cities while maximising the use of existing grid infrastructure and driving other benefits.

  • Business models and the energy transition

    This report documents an exploration of business models in the electricity system as a way to identify opportunities to accelerate this transition. Simply put, a business model is about how the money is made and the stories and processes that explain how an enterprise works.

  • Measuring and communicating network export service quality

    This report documents an exploration of business models in the electricity system as a way to identify opportunities to accelerate this transition. Simply put, a business model is about how the money is made and the stories and processes that explain how an enterprise works.

  • Investigation into VM technologies for future Australian Suburban distribution networks

    This report will inform Australian distribution network service providers and other relevant stakeholders of the pace at which voltage management issues can be expected to emerge in the years ahead as a result of rapid uptake of DERs.

  • Behind the meter forecasting and optimisation

    This report looks at the difficult prediction and optimisation problem faced during the real time control system of a virtual power plant (VPP). This project developed and evaluated the potential of solutions that jointly tackle the prediction and optimisation problem, to improve the effectiveness of virtual power plant control.

RACE for EVs

  • Business Fleets and EVs: Taxation changes to support home charging from the grid, and affordability

    This project investigated how tax changes can accelerate the update of battery electric vehicles within business fleets by encouraging…

  • My V2X EV: Informing strategic electric vehicle integration

    The uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. Uncontrolled charging of these EVs could lead to substantial growth in electricity demand during peak times, putting the already stressed grid under further pressure.

RACE for Change

  • The Green Wave: Adding value through net zero energy strategy

    This report explores new ways to address the challenge of reaching net zero carbon emissions. Specifically, how can we…

  • The Australian Electricity Workforce for the 2022 Integrated System Plan: Projections to 2050

  • Electricity Sector Workforce Projections for the 2022 ISP: Focus on New South Wales. Revision 1.

  • Electricity Sector Workforce Projections for the 2022 ISP: Focus on Queensland. Revision 1.

  • Electricity Sector Workforce Projections for the 2022 ISP: Focus on South Australia. Revision 1.

  • Electricity Sector Workforce Projections for the 2022 ISP: Focus on Tasmania

  • Electricity Sector Workforce Projections for the 2022 ISP: Focus on Victoria. Revision 1.

  • Energy efficiency definitions for the Australian Energy Employment Report

    This report aims to meet the challenge of defining the energy efficiency market. Quality baseline data and workforce projections are needed to support expansion of the sector to meet our climate change targets.

  • Benchmarking customer priorities and trust in the energy sector

    A key determinant of the success of energy transition over the next decade will be the degree of confidence that customers have that this transition will serve and protect their interests. This requires a clear appreciation of both what customers see as their interests in this context, and the extent to which customers trust the energy sector and government to serve these interests.