Siemens and Swinburne’s Energy Transition Hub opens

Executives and Minister Lily D'Ambrosio standing in front of Energy Transition Hub signage
(L-R) Jose Moreira (Siemens), Associate Professor Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian (Swinburne), Professor Karen Hapgood (Swinburne), Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Peter Halliday (Siemens), Professor Alex Stojcevski (Swinburne)

Siemens and Swinburne University of Technology have launched the most advanced future Energy Transition Hub of its kind in Australia at the University’s Hawthorn campus in Melbourne.

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Featuring some of the most advanced digital energy technology from Siemens and the technical, R&D and teaching expertise of Swinburne, the $5.2 million hub is a future energy grid laboratory accessible to students, teaching staff and industry.

With a digital twin of Australia’s energy market, the hub also enables commercial research teams to run simulations of new solutions, particularly the intermix and influx of various sources of energy into the grid.

The hub was launched by Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio, who said, “Victoria is on track to reach 95% renewable energy generation by 2035 and net zero by 2045 and innovative digital technologies will help us get there—that’s why facilities like this are so important. By expanding and modernising our grid, we will enable cheaper, more reliable renewable energy to be delivered to homes and businesses across Victoria.”

The hub enables users to leverage digital twins of energy grids, map scenarios, research new findings, develop original and creative hypotheses, and test results. The digital twin of Australia’s energy grid will help commercial research teams run simulations of new, innovative solutions and software.

Researchers, students and industry can use the opportunity to work on solutions for greener, more efficient future energy systems using Siemens Xcelerator, a new open digital business platform and marketplace.

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In addition to R&D and commercialisation projects, the hub will deliver short courses for industry professionals. It will also give back to Swinburne students, with Siemens software and the company’s real-world industry experience integrated into engineering technology courses.

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