UNSW Energy Institute

The UNSW Energy Institute launches coordinated strategies to address every level of the global energy challenge. We are leaders in multidisciplinary energy research, innovation and problem solving.

The Institute unites energy activities across UNSW with industry, government, community stakeholders and other research institutions.


UNSW Energy Institute theory of change

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Our vision

Our vision is for UNSW to be a global leader for the energy transition. We aim to:

  • address the global energy trilemma of reliability, affordability and sustainability,
  • accelerate the commercialisation and global uptake of new energy technologies,
  • maintain Australia’s position as an energy "super power" as we progress through the energy transition from carbon-intensive to renewable sources and from centralised to distributed supply,
  • contribute to solving many of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals through energy solutions.

Our role is to support knowledge sharing, to foster expertise, to inform energy policy, and to connect research to community issues and to commercial solutions.


Our strategy

The UNSW Energy Institute is part of UNSW Sydney, one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, and it is part of the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW, the largest of all the engineering faculties in Australia.

The Energy Institute also collaborates with, and supports, energy activities across a range of other UNSW faculties and divisions.

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We create global impact

UNSW is Australia's global university. By taking an active role in Australian energy technology, markets and policy, we create global impact. We do this directly, such as:

  • through global IP partnerships, such as our leading solar PV technologies;
  • through collaborative research with other universities;
  • through knowledge exchange with international industry partners;
  • through our leading entrepreneur alumni group, such as Dr. Zhengrong Shi, the world’s first solar billionaire;
  • through our leading social entrepreneur alumni group, such as Monique Alfris, co-founder of Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise in India;
  • and through on-the-ground international energy development projects.
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Breadth of expertise

The UNSW Energy Institute recognises the ubiquity of current energy technologies and fuels, and the need to transition to cleaner, more efficient and productive energy solutions.

The global energy transition will involve a portfolio of responses, and UNSW is uniquely positioned, with experts in a range of relevant research areas, including:

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Range of partnership and research services

The UNSW Energy Institute connects people with opportunities

We partner with businesses, governments, NGOs, communities and other research organisations. We are future-facing and develop cutting edge solutions to future energy opportunities, and we help to solve today's energy challenges.

For industry partners, we can help to secure government partnership for energy projects, helping to navigate how to obtain government co-funding to leverage and amplify industry investment.

Please contact us if you need an academic partner to support your funding applications to ARENA, the CEFC, CRCs, NERA, ARC Linkage and other opportunities.

Need energy experts but not sure where to start?

We can put you in touch with energy experts across a range of disciplines at UNSW. We regularly host companies on campus and hold workshops to explore how to best collaborate to create impact.

Justine Jarvinen

Our executive

Justine Jarvinen (JJ)
BE(Hons), GDip App Fin (SecInst), GAICD, FFin
Chief Operating Officer, UNSW Energy Institute

Ms Justine Jarvinen (JJ) 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 international social enterprise Pollinate Energy. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with First Class Honours from Adelaide University, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

JJ's role is to develop and coordinate relationships between UNSW energy-related research and government and industry sectors who can benefit from these capabilities.

Email: j.jarvinen@unsw.edu.au
LinkedIn: justinejarvinen
Mobile: +61 (0) 400 061 140


Our governance includes a cross-faculty Steering Committee and an Industry Advisory Board

Steering Committee

The Energy Institute takes a multi-disciplinary approach to energy challenges and opportunities, across a range of faculties and schools at UNSW. Experts in a range of disciplines participate in the Institute's Steering Committee.

Industry Advisory Board

The UNSW Energy Institute partners with industry to solve current energy challenges, create future opportunities and lead the global energy transformation.

We are grateful to a range of companies and individuals for their partnership and guidance. Members of the Institute’s Steering Committee and Industry Advisory Board will be announced soon.

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Get in touch

Phone and email

For general enquiries, please call the Faculty of Engineering reception on (+61 2) 9385 5000 or email Energy.Institute@unsw.edu.au


  • UNSW Energy Institute (by appointment only): Level 3, Tyree Energy Technologies Building (H6) at the Kensington Campus (on Anzac Parade), UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia.
  • Engineering Faculty office: Level 6 of the Computer Science & Engineering Building (K17) at the Kensington Campus (near the Barker St Gate 14), UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia.
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