The International Research Network FACES: French-Australian research network on Conversion and Energy Storage for stand-alone & maritime applications has started on 1 January 2020.

Network Aims
The IRN-FACES aims to set-up a collaborative research network on energy materials and integrated systems between eight CNRS French laboratories, accompanied by their supporting universities, and four Australian Universities. The scientific topics of the network focus on electrochemical storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and the hydrogen energy chain (hydrogen production, storage and conversion). It targets maritime-related applications: ship propulsion and off-grid energy systems adapted to islands, coastal areas and remote isolated regions.

Network coordination and partnership
The network IRN-FACES is coordinated by Dr. Fermín CUEVAS  CNRS research director at the East-Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science (ICMPE)  and Prof. Francois AGUEY-ZINSOU, leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin) at The School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW.
The CNRS laboratories involved in the Network are: ICMPE-Thiais, ICMCB-Bordeaux, IEM-Montpellier, IMN-Nantes, FEMTO-ST-Franche Comté, IMS-Bordeaux, LAPLACE-Toulouse et AMPERE-Lyon. From the Australian side, four Australian Universities are appointed: The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Deakin University, University of South Australia (UNiSA), and Flinders University (Flinders).

The official launch is planned during the 4th Energy Future conference in Sydney. Details in the PDF file below.