School of Engineering and IT

Energy for Sustainable Transport

The modern transport industry is highly dependent on fossil fuels, particularly those derived from crude oil. The supply of crude oil is expected to peak and decline during the 2010 – 2020 decade. Furthermore, transport is a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Clearly, alternative transport fuels are urgently needed.

Murdoch University has a long history of commitment to finding sustainable transport solutions. In the past it has undertaken work on alternative transport fuels, alternative engines and public transport options. During the period 2000 – 2007, MUERI was heavily involved in the evaluation of the Perth Fuel Cell Bus Trials, including the cost benefit analysis, the vehicle performance assessment, the life-cycle analysis and the industrial development opportunities. Since then, our work has focussed on the evaluation of hydrogen production technologies for transport, the lifecycle analysis of hydrogen vehicles and the costing of hydrogen and electric vehicles and comparisons with fossil fuel vehicles.

MUERI has good links to industry and Government researchers in this field and has access to software for life-cycle analysis and technology assessment.

Staff working on Energy for Sustainable Transport

Academic staff

Professor Philip Jennings
Emeritus Professor Pritam Singh
Dr Trevor Pryor
Dr Martina Calais

Postgraduate Students Involved

Alan Dunn
Jamie Ally

Industry Collaborators

Andrew Moore (PE International)
Simon Whitehouse (PE International)
Dr David Harries