The projects have received Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Fund grants, announced this week.
The Queensland Government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly fund the Q-CAS scheme, which provides individual grants up to $250,000 over two years for Queensland and Chinese researchers to undertake innovative research and development projects.
Professor Debra Bernhardt from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Professor Dan Wang from the Institute of Process Engineering in Beijing will lead the energy storage research to develop a new generation of lithium ion batteries.
“These offer greater energy density than traditional cathode materials, however they need further improvement to become commercially viable. That’s where our research comes in.”
Queensland Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Ms Leanne Enoch said the battery research aimed for a cost-effective solar battery with improved off-grid electricity storage capability and a longer lifespan.
“This could have huge implications for driving down household energy bills, providing people with greater energy self-sufficiency as well as its potential to revolutionise the car industry by making electric vehicles more affordable.”
The UQ-based Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation will work with the Beijing-basedInstitute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) to develop crop yield prediction systems using satellite data and biophysical crop modelling systems.
QAAFI’s Dr Andries Potgieter (left) and RADI’s Dr Miao Zhang will lead the project, which Dr Potgieter said aimed to help producers and industry cope with weather extremes and climate change.
“Queensland is more exposed to climate variability and extremes than any other state in Australia,” Dr Potgieter said.
“Farmers in both Queensland and China are facing the increased risk of volatile seasonal weather hanging over their heads.”
“We hope in this way to mitigate the impacts of climate risks and extreme weather events within a cropping season.”
Source : University of Queensland