Adaptation of carbon-free fuels to high temperature industrial processes

November 26th, 2021

R&D Focus Areas:
Industrial heat processes, Industrial feedstock processes, Gas networks and appliances

Lead Organisation:
The University of Adelaide

RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Start date:
January 2019

Completion date:
December 2022

Key contacts:
Paul Medwell –

AUD$520,000 – Australian Research Council

Project total cost:
AUD$1.1 million combined cash and in-kind contribution

Project summary description:
Australia’s commitment to de-carbonise its economy has driven much of the research and industry adaptation of renewable energy technologies. Power generation has attracted most of the attention, with solar PV and wind turbines technologies catering for most of the market, as it accounts for around 35% of Australia’s annual CO2 emission. Nonetheless, transport, direct combustion and industrial processes account for around 42% of CO2 emission. Renewable fuels such as hydrogen, syngas and ammonia are but three of the most viable options to replace fossil-based fuels in these sectors. This project will use advance research tools to examine ways of effectively and efficiently adapt these fuels to existing thermal systems.

Higher degree studies supported:
Two PhD students at the University of Adelaide are supported by this project.


Reviewed: June 2023