Prof. Malek Bouazza

Abstract: Geosynthetics have become essential components in civil, resource and water engineering, among many others, because of their versatility, cost-effectiveness and ability to provide sustainable solutions. However, there are opportunities to extend their use to address one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century, namely climate change. Indeed, as the world accelerates the transition to a zero-carbon economy, geosynthetics can be part of such a transition and contribute to the decarbonisation targets set for 2030 and 2050 by various governments. This lecture will discuss the important role geosynthetics can play in sustainable clean energy transition with a particular focus on their application in lining systems for thermal storage facilities. The hydro-thermal performance of these lining systems will be presented in the context of ongoing projects in Australia and elsewhere.