Research at the Barbara Hardy Institute is collaborative and multidisciplinary. We work across a broad spectrum of disciplines that are fundamental to the sustainability of our society, and both natural and built environments.
Researchers are involved in a number of Australian Research Council funded projects, Cooperative Research Centres, and conduct research and consultancy for various international, national, state and local government and industry interests.
Barbara Hardy Institute research capabilities are listed on our Research page.
Adelaide Living Laboratory
A CRC and UniSA partnership investigating pathways for low carbon living in Adelaide.Find out more
Forecasting weather patterns and systems performance data to develop innovative predictive models for solar system output.Read more
Hawke-Hardy Research Project: Charismatic Disasters
Seeking answers through disaster studies.Find out more
Research Node for Low Carbon Living
Evaluating the Lochiel Park 'Green Village' to gather knowledge for other low carbon developments.Discover more
Improving train flows with connected driver advice systems
This project has developed a driver advice system that is being used by passenger and freight railways around the world to keep trains on time and reduce energy useRead more
UniSA staff and students have designed and built Trev, a practical low-mass commuter car that runs entirely on non-polluting, renewable energy.Read more
Development of high temperature molten salt mineral processing techniques
The initial phase of this project will evaluate the feasibility of separating molten mineral salt mixtures at high temperatures (> 800°C) in order to achieve significant energy and cost savings in the refining process.Find out more
Boosting renewable energy use with phase change thermal energy storage for refrigeration
This project aims to increase efficiencies and reduce costs for the industrial and commercial refrigeration market via optimal control of novel energy-dense phase change storage materials coupled with on-premises solar photovoltaic energy supply.Find out more
High temperature test facility thermal storage system evaluations
The High Temperature Test Facility is a unique facility for testing thermal storage systems up to 900 deg. C.Find out more
Premier’s Research and Industry Fund - International Research Grant Program
Funded by the Government of South Australia under The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund - International Research Grant Program, this project brings together experts from around Australian and the world in achieving the goals of reduced energy costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions from finding new ways of using thermal energy storage systems.Find out more
Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative
Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) is a collaboration of research institutions aiming to transform Australia into a global leader in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). The team at UniSA is conducting key research for the development of low cost phase change material thermal energy storage systems to work with supercritical carbon dioxide for CSP as well as establishing the corrosion performance of containment materials.Find out more