Professor John Andrews has nearly 40 years’ experience in research in the sustainable energy field.
Professor Andrews played a pioneering role in developing and deploying wind energy technologies for Australia, and initiated the first thorough investigation of the wind energy potential in Victoria while Policy Manager at the Victorian Solar Energy Council in 1984. His seminal book, Living Better with Less: How to Cut Waste and Improve our Lives (Penguin, 1981) was one of the first works to propose and articulate sustainable development in the Australian context. Since returning to academia in the mid 1990s, he has been the project manager and lead researcher in a number of major nationally-funded sustainable energy R&D projects, and set up the renewable-energy hydrogen research group in SAMME in 2003. He was a Cluster Project Leader and on the Steering Committee of the CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance (2006-9). He is currently Project Leader of the $1.6 million RMIT Capability and Technology Demonstrator project, “Development and demonstration of a low signature, rechargeable and portable energy supply using reversible hydrogen fuel cells to support forward operating bases”, funded by the Australian Department of Defence. Prior to this role, he led the RMIT Reversible Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Supply research project funded by Defence Materials Technology Centre and Victorian Defence Science Institute. He is one of the four leading RMIT energy researchers participating in the Micro Urban Solar Integrated Concentrators project funded by Australian Renewable Energy Agency under the US–Australia Solar Energy Collaboration ($4.5 million total over 2013 - 2016). His recent publications include “Re-envisioning the role of hydrogen energy in a global sustainable energy” (International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012); an advanced review, “The role of hydrogen energy in a global sustainable energy strategy” (2014, Wiley International Reviews on Science and Environment - WIRES); and “Towards a ‘proton flow battery’: Investigation of a reversible PEM fuel cell with integrated metal hydride hydrogen storage” (International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014).
Accomplishments / achievements
- Director of Australian Association of Hydrogen Energy (2011-present)
- Represented RMIT University as a sustainable energy expert in university research missions to Tianjin, China, in 2011 and Mexico City, Mexico, in 2012.
- Member of Victorian Renewable Energy Mission to Sardinia, Italy, 2011.
- RMIT-NORTH Link Greenhouse Challenge program, directed by AProf. Andrews, won a Special Recognition award at the Institution of Engineers Australia Awards Ceremony, 2011
- Nominated by the Head of School, SAMME, and the then-SET Portfolio for a Carrick Citation teaching award in 2008 for his work on the RMIT-NORTH Link Greenhouse Challenge program and the opportunities it has provided for Bachelor and Masters engineering students to undertake research projects with industry on greenhouse gas emission reduction options.
- Recipient of a RMIT Research Award in 2007, Category 1 grant award, for CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance, Project 6 Development of materials for electrolysis systems.
- The NIETL/NORTH Link Greenhouse Challenge program funded by the Australian Greenhouse Office in which he was the program manager was a Finalist in the United Nations Environment Awards (Vic.) 2000, and a finalist in the Institution of Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence awards for greenhouse programs in 2001.
- The RMIT Energy CARE group won for its successful demonstration of heat pipe heat exchangers for industrial waste heat recovery at Buttercup Bakeries under a grant from the Energy Research Development Corporation, in which he was the project manager and a lead researcher:
- A National Energy Award from the Commonwealth Government in 1997
- A Business/Higher Education Round Table Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative R&D in 1998
- Leader, Renewable-Energy Hydrogen research group within School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Project Leader of the RMIT Capability and Technology Demonstrator project, “Development and demonstration of a low signature, rechargeable and portable energy supply using reversible hydrogen fuel cells to support forward operating bases”, funded by Australian Department of Defence.
- Research Associate in the Micro Urban Solar Integrated Concentrators (MUSIC) Project, funded by ARENA
- Thesis project coordinator and lecturer, Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) program
- Director, Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy.
- PhD (RMIT University)
- MA (Cambridge University)
- BA (Nat. Sci.) (Cambridge University)
- Tetuko, A.,Shabani, B.,Andrews, J. (2018). Passive fuel cell heat recovery using heat pipes to enhance metal hydride canisters hydrogen discharge rate: an experimental simulation In: Energies, 11, 1 - 19
- Heidari, S.,Seif Mohammadi, S.,Oberoi, A.,Andrews, J. (2018). Technical feasibility of a proton battery with an activated carbon electrode In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43, 6197 - 6209
- Tetuko, A.,Shabani, B.,Omrani, R.,Paul, B.,Andrews, J. (2018). Study of a thermal bridging approach using heat pipes for simultaneous fuel cell cooling and metal hydride hydrogen discharge rate enhancement In: Power Sources, 397, 177 - 188
- Shabani, B.,Omrani, R.,Andrews, J. (2017). Energy security and sustainability for road transport sector: The role of hydrogen fuel cell technology In: Energy Security and Sustainability, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
- Islam, R.,Shabani, B.,Andrews, J.,Rosengarten, G. (2017). Experimental investigation of using ZnO nanofluids as coolants in a PEM fuel cell In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42, 19272 - 19286
- Seif Mohammadi, S.,Brennan, M.,Oberoi, A.,Vagh, H.,Spencer, M.,Dhilip Kumar, T.,Andrews, J. (2017). Density Functional Theory and ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Hydronium Interactions with Graphene In: Energy Procedia, 110, 518 - 522
- Paul, B.,Andrews, J. (2017). PEM unitised reversible/regenerative hydrogen fuel cell systems: State of the art and technical challenges In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 79, 585 - 599
- Rahou, M.,Mojiri, A.,Rosengarten, G.,Andrews, J. (2016). Optical design of a Fresnel concentrating solar system for direct transmission of radiation through an optical fibre bundle In: Solar Energy, 124, 15 - 25
- Evangelista, R.,Makuta, S.,Yonezu, S.,Andrews, J.,Tachibana, Y. (2016). Semiconductor quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on Ferricyanide/Ferrocyanide redox electrolyte reaching an open circuit photovoltage of 0.8 v In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 13957 - 13965
- Oberoi, A.,Andrews, J.,Chaffee, A.,Ciddor, L. (2016). Hydrogen storage capacity of selected activated carbon electrodes made from brown coal In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 23099 - 23108
- A proton flow reactor system for large-scale electrical energy storage and bulk export of hydrogenated carbon based material. Funded by: 073-Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) R&D Grants 2018 onwards from (2018 to 2021)
- Proving the technical feasibility of a proton battery. Funded by: United States Office of Naval Research Grant 2015 from (2016 to 2017)
- Micro Urban Solar Integrated Concentrators (MUSIC). Funded by: ARENA ASI R and D Grant Round 1-3 2014 from (2013 to 2019)
- RMIT-Northlink Greenhouse and energy efficiency program 2013. Funded by: Melbourne's Northern Economic Wedge Inc. Grant pre-2014 from (2013 to 2013)
- RMIT-Northlink Greenhouse and Energy Efficient Program. Funded by: Melbourne's Northern Economic Wedge Inc. Grant pre-2014 from (2010 to 2011)
16 PhD Completions and 4 Masters by Research Completions8 PhD Current Supervisions