Hydrogen & solar
From solar farms to hydrogen buses: The University of Queensland on its way to a sustainable future By University of Queensland
With two groundbreaking projects, The University of Queensland (UQ) aims to reduce its environmental impact.
Warwick Solar Farm The $125m Warwick Solar Farm powers UQ to 100 per cent renewable. Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64-megawatt solar farm
at Warwick in the state’s south-east. Dr Jessica Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship), said as a research and teaching institution with a vision of creating “knowledge leadership for a better world”, sustainability is really central to everything we do, here, at The University of Queensland (UQ). “Our University will be the first university in the world to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from its own renewable energy asset: the Warwick Solar Farm. The University
now has about 252,000 solar panels with 70.3 megawatts of capacity. This current capacity would serve around 15,000 houses and their daily usage.” “Building on UQ’s existing strengths in the renewables field, the project provides the groundwork for a wide range of new teaching, research and engagement opportunities, in addition to its environmental and financial benefits. We also aspire to be a sustainable development leader in the higher education sector globally.” Dr Gallagher said.