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Decarbonising the transport sector with renewable hydrogen

Project Leader: Yi Yang
Collaborators: Farzad Poursadegh, Mohsen Talei, Michael Brear
Sponsors: Future Fuels CRC
Primary Contact: Yi Yang (yi.yang@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: air pollution and emissions abatement; combustion and emissions; hydrogen; renewable energy
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,Mechanical Engineering

The transport sector has about 25% contribution to the total produced CO2 emissions globally. Reciprocating engines are currently the major driver of this sector and will remain so in the foreseeable future.

One pathway to decarbonise the transport sector is using clean fuels such as hydrogen. This zero-CO2 emission fuel is even more attractive when it is produced using renewable energy. One issue with burning hydrogen in reciprocating engines is that hydrogen has very different properties to conventional fuels, so could severely impact engine performance.

This PhD project is to address this challenge through experimental investigation and numerical simulation of hydrogen combustion for transport powertrain applications.