UNSW inks renewable research deal with France

UNSW Sydney has signed new agreements with two French scientific organisations that will bolster continued bilateral cooperation in the areas of renewable energy innovation and environmental research.

UNSW vice-chancellor and president Professor Ian Jacobs signed agreements with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France’s largest government research organisation; and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French Space Agency.

“The successful partnerships UNSW enjoys with leading French science agencies place Australia and France at the forefront of collaborative research and innovation,” Professor Jacobs said.

“[The] new agreements are further evidence of our commitment to work together on scientific advances which will have a positive global impact.”

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CNRS positions France and Australia as leading partners in sustainable energy innovation, particularly solar energy.

Under the terms of the agreement, UNSW and CNRS will facilitate the exchange of solar energy innovations through joint conferences, seminars and research projects.

Potential topics include solar energy, storage of renewable energy and renewable energy integration.

The agreement reflects the commitments of Australia and France to address climate change through the COP21 Paris Agreement and support for the recently formed International Solar Alliance, headquartered in Delhi, India.

Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering, said the agreement between UNSW and CNRS builds on the existing relationship and emphasises both parties’ commitment to sustainable energy innovation.

“UNSW Sydney welcomes the continued collaborations with CNRS to promote cooperation in the field of solar energy,” Professor Hoffman said.

“We believe this partnership will lead to new and more efficient ways of delivering solar energy to combat soaring energy demands across the globe and help fight climate change.”