Through our project fund, NERA is working to maximise value to the Australian economy by developing an energy resources sector that is globally competitive, sustainable, innovative and diverse. Supported projects aim to achieve sector-wide transformation by connecting large corporations, SMEs, technology providers, researchers and governments to address major challenges and unlock new economic, social and environmental opportunities for Australia.
NERA's $44.3 million project fund is supporting a total of 58 lighthouse projects, attracting $28.7 million in matched industry funding from consortia of +700 industry and research partners. Our projects support the development of world-leading technology and expertise that may be deployed across a range of industrial sectors beyond the energy resources sector, including manufacturing, mining, defence, agriculture, space, construction, logistics, shipping, and chemicals.
Read more about some of our collaborative projects below.
This collaborative project seeks generate a single overarching approval process for seismic activities in the North West of Australia for a period of at least five years, with the aim of easing regulatory burden, improving certainty and environmental outcomes when applying for and conducting seismic activities in the CSEP project area.
NERA is supporting a landmark study that could lead to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions whilst also improving Australia's energy security.
Through a series of industry pilot projects, NERA is supporting Perth-headquartered Engineering and Asset Management specialists Pressure Dynamics to commercialise their unique PDItech© technology.
NERA is supporting the establishment of Lab61 — Australia’s first dedicated robotics skills, training and education facility that is proudly female and indigenous led.
This project powered the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium to map Australia's current technology capabilities and identify opportunities to position Australia as a future hub and exporter of remote operations technology solutions for space.
NERA and industry partners are supporting ME-092 by leading the management committee and facilitating workshops with industry and regulators to bring together Australia’s experts to achieve consistent application of standards to be applied to Australian oil and gas activities.
This project provides Australian organisations with a vehicle to participate in the development and use of emerging interoperability standards which are critical to the future productivity of the mining and energy resources sectors.
Through this collaborative and industry-led project, Perth-based project partner Linch-pin will investigate the engineering feasibility of a new decommissioning method for the offshore oil and gas industry.
This collaborative project integrated a mechanistic hydrate model developed by The University of Western Australia into Wood’s operational online Virtuoso™ software package, allowing operators for the first time ever to calculate the operational risk of a hydrate blockage in their assets in real time.
The $1 million Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef is a unique project that will enhance marine habitat and recreational fishing opportunities by creating Australia’s first integrated artificial reef and the largest purpose-built reef habitat in Western Australia.
This project improved the quality of historical tropical cyclone data to enhance understanding of the risk profile for new and existing offshore infrastructure. This means better informed decision making, reduced engineering costs, improved operational efficiency and better the safety of workers.
NERA is leading the development of the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI) to improve community, regulatory and industry understanding of the impact of infrastructure on the marine environment.
With NERA's support, CD Power are successfully integrating solar, battery storage and gas generation technologies to create a reliable, low-carbon and economical alternative power supply for CSG wellsites.
NERA is supporting the commercialisation of Australian technology through a world-first field trial. CSIRO's Vesi™ technology has the potential to dramatically improve the accuracy of groundwater monitoring activities relating to in-situ recovery (ISR) operations.
NERA has partnered with The University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas and industry operators to commercialise leading research that will improve the accuracy of the resource models used in the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry, contributing to more cost-effective resource planning.
NERA is supporting this collaborative industry–research–national authority project to improve and reduce uncertainties with environmental radiological impact assessments by expanding a national database of radiation concentration ratios of flora, fauna and soils in areas of Australia not previously surveyed.
This project has established a team of independent reviewers and contributors to document the latest work on the aquifers of the Surat Basin and broader GAB. It has published a peer-reviewed evidence-based body of knowledge for the GAB to inform how to best manage this finite water resource into the future.
This project, led by the University of Queensland's Centre for Natural Gas, aims to develop best practice methodology for gas sampling from water bores in order to differentiate and measure naturally occurring subsurface gases.
NERA, Toro Energy, Cameco Australia, Separation Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Strategic Metallurgy developed a research program to significantly reduce the processing costs associated with carbonate-hosted deposits.