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Reference Number EP/T025522/1
Title Sustainable Heavy Duty Truck, Marine and Rail Transport
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 50%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Other Renewables) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Prof A (Alasdair ) Cairns
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2020
End Date 31 March 2024
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £1,107,082
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof A (Alasdair ) Cairns , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr PJ Coker , Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading (0.001%)
Professor K Scott , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr G Walker , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr J McKechnie , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr BA Potter , Built Enviroment, University of Reading (0.001%)
Dr S T Smith , Built Enviroment, University of Reading (0.001%)
Dr M Mamlouk , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Shell Global Solutions UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , MAHLE Powertrain Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , VN HPG Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract Battery electrified power is predicted to become the dominant mode of propulsion in future passenger cars. For long haul heavy duty transport challenges remain around practical range, payload and total cost. Currently there is no single economically viable decarbonised solution for heavy duty ground vehicles. Ammonia could form part of the ideal future mix, as a hydrogen energy vector or potentially through direct end use. The proposed work seeks to determine the energy and air quality impacts and potential future applications of a novel ammonia-fuelled heavy duty IC engine operating with high efficiency (c.50% brake) and zero emissions through a new fast burning combustion system. The project will evaluate potential reductions in energy demand in the 'green' ammonia production process, making use of the new green ammonia pilot plant at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. In order to assess relative advantages and challenges, the project will undertake evidence based life cycle analysis across a spectrum of competing decarbonised powertrain technologies for long range heavy duty transport (ground, freight rail and marine)
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Added to Database 08/11/21