Established in 2018, the Future Fuels CRC supports Australia’s multibillion-dollar energy sector to transition to low-carbon fuels. These fuels will be delivered through both new and repurposed infrastructure to meet the needs of the whole energy market – electricity, transport, agriculture, mining, building, industrial and residential sectors.
Australia must develop affordable, reliable low carbon energy sources and effective solutions for its total energy needs. Gas and future low-carbon fuels can provide energy directly in the form of heating and indirectly as a fuel for electricity generation, and as an alternative energy storage option.
The over 120,000 km of existing pipeline networks provide a large and cost-effective facility to deliver and store future fuels, such as hydrogen, biogas, and synthetic natural gas.
Leveraging existing infrastructure and industry know-how to reliably supply clean energy makes economic sense. The Future Fuels CRC is essential to this process and provides long term advantages not only to its partners but the broader Australian community.
RMIT will contribute solutions to the energy industry through the Future Fuels CRC. Existing collaborations with partners of the consortium will be enhanced by RMIT’s leadership of the Community Engagement, Public Safety and Security of Supply program by Associate Professor Jan Hayes. Through this program, RMIT will lead research regarding the social context within which existing and future fuels pipelines operate.
RMIT’s work will specifically address methods of developing an effective ‘safety imagination’ thereby preventing organisational accidents.
This program will address the issues around safety and social acceptance of new and changed fuels, so industry can more effectively design, build and operate projects needed to deliver Australia’s energy needs now and in the future.