Sustainable transport

Sustainable transportToday the University of Birmingham is at the forefront of clean energy development and particularly a sustainable and green transport system. Ultimately we want to develop a new generation of cleaner conventional fuel.

The University has a keen interest in developing both a new generation of cleaner conventional fuels but also the technology required to create a hydrogen infrastructure. Birmingham has major research groups working on generating cleaner fossil fuels, nuclear engineering, as well as new fuel sources like hydrogen.

Gas turbines provide the power for many applications including aircraft, ships and electricity generation. Over the next ten years the University will work to develop materials required to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of these gas turbines.

The University’s ‘Future Engines and Fuels Laboratory’ in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed unique research with support from industrial partners Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford, Johnson Matthey and Shell to look into fuels of the future and new combustion technologies with a view to reducing harmful vehicle exhausts and making engines and their materials more efficient.

Our combined, multi-disciplinary team of 'Energy at Birmingham' researchers are ensuring our transport routes do not run out and we are able to more effectively and sustainably maintain our various modes of transport.


The Birmingham 

Islamic State only the latest group to fill vacuum left by long Ba'athist retreat in Syria

Black-clad fighters, suffering refugees and Western warplanes overhead – these are the mainstays of Iraq and Syria coverage as the Islamic State (IS) continues its campaign. Notably absent from debates is how today’s Iraq and Syria emerged from their own national histories, and not just out of foreign meddling – from Sykes-Picot to Bush and Blair.

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