Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Research with Impact: Gelion collaboration to test energy storage batteries

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

University Infrastructure, the University of Sydney's campus infrastructure services area, collaborated with a research spin-off, Gelion, as a part of a living lab initiative. Together the two parties designed, installed and operate solar powered, illuminated benches using Gelion's energy storage battery.

The project, lead by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, allows for the first product from Gelion, the Ensure zinc-bromide battery to be tested in a "real-world" environment. The benches were designed to help solve a further problem for the University Infrastructure team - how to improve student safety in 'dark spots of the Camperdown/Darlington campus. The dark spots identified were also in parts of the campus without existing service to install lighting, it would require significant resources to install lights. Solar-powered benches with USB and laptop charging capacity would solve this problem. It's the first time that University Infrastructure has collaborated with a research project at this level. Professor Thomas Maschmeyer's renewable energy research and the Gelion collaboration program won the AFR Higher Education Award 2020 under the Sustainability category. (https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/11/19/battery-storage-living-lab-recognised-in-afr-awards.html)


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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