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.