CEET wins prestigious Victorian Industry Partnerships award

Friday 12 September 2014

University of Melbourne and Alcatel-Lucent researchers helping to deliver energy efficient telecommunications networks have been recognised by the Victorian government for their Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships.

The prestigious Victorian International Education Awards acknowledge Victorias education providers, businesses and students for their contribution to the states international education sector.

Tim Marshall, External Affairs Director, Alcatel-Lucent Australia and Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of Engineering, University of Melbourne

The University’s Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, is the worlds first research centre dedicated to reducing the impact of communications technologies on our carbon footprint.

Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels, accepted the award on behalf of CEET.

Dr Kerry Hinton, CEET Director, said the award recognised the success of the Centres research as a model for industry engagement.

This award demonstrates the strong partnership we have with Alcatel-Lucent, which continues to produce world leading research and innovation outcomes, she said.

Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Australia said the delivery of energy efficiency was a significant challenge for the telecommunications industry.

The CEET is a key part of the Bell Labs sustainability practice as it supports Alcatel-Lucents innovation work with telecommunications providers around the world, he said.

Alcatel-Lucent is proud of its partnership the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government to advance Australian research that addresses such an important and growing industry agenda.

The CEETs research has shown the rapid growth in broadband demand globally could raise internet energy consumption to 5 to 10 per cent of the worlds electricity supply and associated emissions in six years. This is the second award the CEET and Alcatel-Lucent have received for their innovative partnership.

In 2012, they were recognised for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research & Development at the Business and Higher Education Round Table awards.