About the Advisory Committee
Our Advisory Committee anchors our centre firmly in industry. Their diverse and commercial focused experience provides independent, external advice on how to maximise the impact of the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre by providing regular input to the establishment, review and attainment monitoring of research and commercialisation of technology.
Mr Henry Sun
Mr Henry Sun is the CEO at Providence Asset Group, an innovation led investment firm that finances and manages multiple assets in renewable energy, clean and high technology. Mr Sun has over 25 years of knowledge in strategic planning, stakeholder management, debt and equity advisory. His experience spans various financial institutions and investment firms in Australia and abroad. As Chair of the HERC Advisory Committee, Mr Sun will facilitate Advisory Board meetings to provide support and guidance for HERC strategies and priorities, building a bridge between research and commercialisation.
Professor Nicholas Fisk AM
Professor Nicholas Fisk is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW Sydney. As the DVC-R, Professor Fisk provides strategic leadership and support to the Vice-Chancellor and President of UNSW Sydney in improving UNSW’s research performance and the generation of research income. UNSW has a strong background in developing partnerships and collaborations between university, industry, government, and communities to foster innovation and accelerate the translation of research into application and commercialisation for social and environmental benefit. Professor Fisk’s knowledge of USNW resources and processes will enable HERC to leverage UNSW expertise for the success of the centre.
Ms Amy Kean
Ms Amy Kean is a Director at Stride Renewables, a boutique energy advisory firm. Ms Kean has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, in both the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Stride, Ms Kean was Australia’s first Renewable Energy Advocate, working closely with NSW communities and industry to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy. She has a strong understanding of the key issues facing the renewable energy industry in Australia. Ms Kean’s extensive experience in strategy, government grants, delivering projects and building successful partnerships between government, industry, and communities will be crucial for HERC as we promote the use of hydrogen energy.
Mr Ted Surette
Mr Ted Surette is the Global Head of Power & Utilities at KPMG Australia, a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. He is a leader in the energy and resources sector, with a focus on leveraging innovative technologies to enable a transition to a less-carbon intensive economy. As a specialist in the key areas of technology, the renewable energy transition, and business transformation, Mr Surette will be an invaluable source of advice for HERC.
Mr Greg Bowyer
Mr Bowyer is the Manager, Western Sydney, Senior Technical Director/ Infrastructure Project Director at GHD. He is currently driving GHD's Western Sydney community and growth, looking to integrate innovative architectural and engineering thinking, property owners, investment options, thought leadership and alternate client futures to build new and lasting communities in Western Sydney. As a civil engineering and company director qualified executive he has over 25 years’ experience, most recently being responsible for a team of over 100 professionals delivering a full range of engineering services, $200m+ capital construction projects and client relationship development and management.
About the Centre Management Committee
The Centre Management Committee are accountable for ensuring the Centre programs and priorities are aligned with our strategy and vision. They are also responsible for the day to day operation and management of our projects, ensuring key activities/deliverables are completed.
Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou (Executive Director)
Francois has over 12 years of experience in the field of hydrogen technology. As the leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin), co-director of the ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobHE), and a co-founder of both H2Store and LAVO, Francois has played an instrumental role in the development of hydrogen technologies including hydrogen storage, fuel cells, technologies for the effective catalytic combustion of hydrogen, and hydrogen technology prototyping supporting the commercialization of hydrogen technologies. He was awarded 2018's Australia’s most Innovative Engineer, and was a 2015 and 2017 finalist of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
Mr Alan Yu (Deputy Director Industry)
Alan is the CIO at Providence Asset Group. He is a qualified CPA with 15+ years’ experience incorporate finance, banking and investment. Alan has delivered complex transactions across broad industry segments, with specialist investment expertise in technology, innovation and renewable energy assets. He has proven experience assisting companies’ growth strategies through capital raising, trade acquisitions, pre-IPO processes.
Ms Justine Jarvinen (Deputy Director Operations)
JJ is the CEO at the UNSW Energy Institute. She has a wealth of experience across the energy sector, having worked in operational, investment analyst, strategy and advisory roles in Australia and the UK for organisations such as Exxon, Shell, Caltex, JBWere and AGL Energy. JJ is Chairman of energy technology startup Wattwatchers, non-executive director of ASX-listed Milton Corporation (ASX:MLT), and non-executive director of non-profit organisation Climate-KIC Australia.
Mr Warwick Dawson
Warwick is the Director of UNSW Knowledge Exchange. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. In addition to various positions in research intensive universities, he has held legal and commercial roles in the engineering, construction and IT sectors supporting a wide range of clients ranging from multi-nationals to SMEs. His focus on building effective partnerships enabling successful execution of high impact projects will be a great asset to HERC.
Professor Paul Munroe
Paul is the Deputy Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney. He has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles within research, including past roles as the Head of the School of Materials Science & Engineering, and the Director of the Electron Microscope Unit, UNSW Sydney. His research interests lie in the field of microstructure-property relationships in advanced engineering materials, where he has raised more than $20M research funding since 2010.
Professor Stephen Foster
Steve is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, UNSW Sydney, with almost 30 years of experience
in Engineering research and education. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Honorary life member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), a member Australian Standards Committee BD2, Chairman of several Standards Australia Subcommittees, and former Director of the UNSW Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering and Safety (CIES). His research focus is on new and advanced engineering materials and technologies within the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
About the Centre Administration Team
The Centre Administration Team are responsible for the overall Centre program delivery and resource management. The Team facilitate industry partnerships and collaborations, government relations, and cross-University and cross-faculty collaborations.
About the researchers
HERC is comprised of nine Academic Program Leads and over 100 research staff. Our researchers have a breath of expertise in the energy sector. Drawn from many schools within the faculties of Engineering and Science at UNSW, their multidisciplinary experience drives our innovative research.
Professor Rose Amal
Program Lead, Hydrogen Production
Rose is a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials, making significant contributions to these fields of research over the past 25 years. Her current focus is on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical conversation applications and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source. Rose received the nation’s top civilian honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia – as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her eminent service to chemical engineering. Rose is also the 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year.
Professor Martin Green
Program Lead, Advanced Photovoltaic/Hydrogen Solution
Martin is often referred to as the “Father of Photovoltaics” with record-breaking achievements in solar technology that span across decades starting from 1983 when his team set its first world record for silicon cell performance, held for 30 of the 37 subsequent years via progressive improvements. Martin personally invented the PERC solar cell which accounts for over 80% of the world’s current silicon cell manufacturing capacity. In 2018, he received the Global Energy Prize after beating out the likes of Tesla’s Elon Musk. Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics and the Chief Scientist at Sunport Power.
A/Professor Ned Ekins-Daukes
Program Lead, Advance Photovoltaic/Hydrogen Solution
Ned has over 20 years of experience as a semiconductor physicist with a specialization in solar energy; in particular high-efficiency solar cells and novel concepts for photovoltaic devices. His research aims to fundamentally increase the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells towards the ultimate efficiency limit for solar power conversion of 85%. Ned is the leader of the Quantum Photovoltaics research group based in UNSW Sydney.
Dr Claudio Cazorla
Program Lead, Advanced Modelling Techniques for Material Development
Claudio is Senior Lecturer at UNSW Sydney and former ARC Future Fellow, with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of Materials Science and Computational Condensed Matter Physics. His research expertise is built on the application and development of quantum computational techniques for the prediction and understanding of physical and chemical phenomena occurring condensed matter systems and surfaces. Claudio has generated ~$6M in research funding since 2015.
Professor John Fletcher
Program Lead, Advanced Power Management/Conversion Solution
John has 25 years of experience in the field of power electronics and machine drives in the renewable energy, aerospace and automotive sectors. He has consulted for many global industries in the UK, USA, China, Europe and Japan. John has been awarded or contributed to competitive research grants in excess of AUD$20M and has 6 patents.
Dr Merlinde Kay
Program Lead, Forecasting and Economics for Hydrogen Production from Renewable Farms
Dr Kay is a senior lecturer within SPREE, with 18 years of experience in short term weather forecasting, resource assessment, impacts of climate change on siting of renewable technologies, optimisation of hybrid RE systems with storage and the impact of atmospheric particulates on the operation of solar technologies. The large scope of work has collaborators with the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW, the CSIRO, University of South Australia, Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Her latest ARENA funded project is part of a solar forecasting consortium, including 5 solar farms, to provide state of the art forecasting accuracy, performance metrics and validation.
Dr Anna Bruce
Program Lead, Forecasting and Economics for Hydrogen Production from Renewable Farms
Anna is a lecturer in UNSW with expertise in energy policy, markets and regulation, renewable and distributed energy integration and energy system performance analysis and modelling. Anna is an Australian expert on the International Energy Agency’s PV Power Systems programmes Task 13 (PV performance and Reliability) and Task 14 (High Penetration PV in electricity networks), and leads the Australia PV Institute’s Solar Mapping project.
Dr Patrick Burr
Program Lead, Materials and Hydrogen Safety and Standards
Patrick has over 9 years of experience in materials simulations aimed at developing materials with greater resistance to degradation. His close collaboration with industry partner Westinghouse Electric has led to the development of novel zirconium alloys with greater resistance to hydrogen embrittlement and oxidation. Current research funding include an ARC grant on advanced batteries, an industry-funded design of shielding materials for fusion reactors and a multiple projects on advanced nuclear fuels.