UNSW Future Climate & Clean Energy Expo

On 29 May 2024, various innovative recycling and manufacturing technologies developed by the UNSW SMaRT Centre will feature at the UNSW Future Climate & Clean Energy Expo.

This is the second event in the Futures Expo Series 2024 which focuses on green technologies that align with the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) priorities.

The expo is a chance for businesses, investors, and government bodies to discover more than 100 innovations that span climate resilience, decarbonisation, renewable technologies, green fuels, electrification, the energy transition and more.

Explore a blend of interactive displays and deep-dive breakout sessions and connect with like-minded professionals over drinks and OzHarvest food rescue catering.

There will be information about the journey from lab to market in relation to a number of technologies developed by the UNSW SMaRT Centre, including the commercialisation of SMaRT's various MICROfactorieTM technologies.

Event information and registration

SMaRT Director Prof Veena is the Lead of the Recycling stream of the TRaCE prorgram, a $280 million collaboration between the University of New South Wales, the University of Newcastle, industry partners and the Australian Government to support Australia’s transition to net zero by 2050.

One of the first advances under TRaCE in a new partnership between Jamestrong, a regional manufacturer of metal cans for leading Australian and international brands, and the UNSW SMaRT Centre, is the development of a ground-breaking project using SMaRT Green Aluminium technology to revolutionise aluminium manufacturing and recycling in Australia.

Another technology developed by SMaRT and being commercialised under licence by Kandui Technologies, the Green Ceramics MICROfactorieTM Technology, will also feature at the Expo.

Both of the above technologies are included in the the newly released UNSW Future Climate booklet (see pages 54 and 57).


3:30-6:30PM Expo and networking

4:15PM UNSW’s World-Leading Discoveries: A deep dive into some of the university’s revolutionary renewables and clean energy projects.

5:15PM Bridging the Research Commercialisation Gap: Exploring UNSW Collaborations: An in-depth look at successful partnerships between UNSW academics and industry leaders.


UNSW’s World-Leading Discoveries

Time: 4:15 – 5:00pm

It’s well-known that the solar cell was invented by Martin Green at UNSW but you may not be familiar with the university's other renewable and clean energy innovations. This session will introduce you to the inventors of UNSW's latest ground-breaking technologies, along with the teams and partners taking them to market.


  • Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos (original inventor of the Vanadium Flow Battery) & Professor Jie Bao
  • Dave Hu, Co-Founder & COO, SunDrive
  • Richard Hopkins, Principal of Sunswift Racing & UNSW Professor of Practice

Bridging the Research Commercialisation Gap: Exploring UNSW Collaborations

Time: 5:15 – 6:00pm

This session offers a unique opportunity to dive into the mechanics of partnership at UNSW. Hear from researchers, partners, and the Industry & Innovation tech transfer team as they discuss the pathway to meaningful collaboration and how to bridge the gaps between academic research, societal impact and business success.


  • Dr Emma Lovell, UNSW Particles and Catalysis (PartCat) Research Group
  • Professor Gangadhara Prusty, UNSW Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC)
  • James Ng, State Asphalts, Project Manager, Sustainability & Grants,
  • Mark Sterbic, Senior Business Development Manager, UNSW Industry & Innovation