Griffith University has received $21 million towards developing and constructing Australia’s first teaching and research building powered by a combination of photovoltaics and hydrogen, incorporating hydrogen storage as metal hydrides. The $40 million Sir Samuel Griffith Building has been made possible with funding from the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund (Sustainability Round).
Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O'Connor said the world-class building was key to delivering a genuine sustainable energy option to Australian and global communities.
"This building, seeks to generate its own power supply, is a model for remote communities that are 'off-grid' and cannot access power in Australia and across the world," Professor O'Connor said. “It will also be a pilot for applying this safe, sustainable power supply in urban settings.
In 2012 the University began construction of the Sir Samuel Griffith building on the Nathan campus. This 6 Star Green Star building will be completed in May 2013 and will be a remarkably innovative building by any standard, reflecting one of the University’s strengths as an institution committed to resolving the issues of the contemporary world. It integrates business, engineering and environmental science disciplines around the concept of sustainability.