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Increasing pressure on global reserves of petroleum at a time of growing demand for personal transport in developing countries, together with concerns over atmospheric pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, are leading to a requirement for more sustainable forms of road transport. Major improvements in the efficiency of all types of road vehicles are called for, along with the use of fuels derived from alternative sources, or entirely new fuels.
Towards Sustainable Road Transport first describes the evolution of vehicle designs and propulsion technologies over the past two centuries, before looking forward to possible new forms of energy to substitute for petroleum. Towards Sustainable Road Transport also discusses the political and socio-economic drivers for change, investigates barriers to their broad implementation, and outlines the state-of-the-art of candidate power sources, advanced vehicle design, and associated infrastructure. The comprehensive technical information supplied by an expert author team ensures that Towards Sustainable Road Transport will provide readers with a clear understanding of the ongoing progress in this field and the challenges still to be faced.
Chapter 1: The evolution of unsustainable road transport
Chapter 2: Drivers for change
Chapter 3: Unconventional fuels
Chapter 4: Development of road vehicles with internal combustion engines
Chapter 5: Progressive electrification of road vehicles
Chapter 6: Mains electricity supply for charging vehicle batteries
Chapter 7: Batteries and supercapacitors for use in road vehicles
Chapter 8: Hydrogen, fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles
Chapter 9: The shape of things to come
Ronald Dell PhD DSc CChem. FRSC graduated from the University of Bristol. He lived for several years in the USA where he worked as a research chemist, first in academia and then in the petroleum industry. Upon returning to Britain, Ron joined the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in 1959. During a tenure of 35 years, he investigated the fundamental chemistry of materials used in nuclear power and managed projects in the field of applied electrochemistry, especially electrochemical power sources. Since retiring in the mid-1990s, he has interested himself in the developing world energy scene and has co-authored with David Rand several books on Batteries, on Clean Energy, and on Hydrogen Energy.
Patrick Moseley PhD DSc graduated from the University of Durham, England. He worked for 23 years at the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, where he brought a background of crystal structure and materials chemistry to the study of lead-acid and other types of battery, thus supplementing the traditional electrochemical emphasis of the subject, and to the study of sensor materials. From1995, Pat was Manager of Electrochemistry at the International Lead Zinc Research Organization in North Carolina, USA, and Program Manager of the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium. In 2005 he became President of the Consortium. He is also a director of Atmospheric Sensors Ltd. Pat has been an Editor of the Journal of Power Sources since 1989 and, together with David Rand, was a Co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Electrochemical Power Sources published by Elsevier in 2009. In 2008, he was awarded the Gaston Plant Medal by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
David Rand AM PhD ScD FTSE was educated as an electrochemist at the University of Cambridge. Shortly after graduating in 1969, he emigrated to Australia and has spent his research career working at the government's CSIRO laboratories in Melbourne. In the late 1970s, David established the CSIRO Battery Research Group and remained its leader until 2003. As a Chief Research Scientist, he was CSIRO's scientific advisor on hydrogen and renewable energy until his retirement in 2008. He has served as the Vice-President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy. David has been the Asia-Pacific Editor of the Journal of Power Sources since 1983, and the Chief Energy Scientist of the World Solar Challenge since 1987. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1998, and received the Order of Australia in 2013 for service to science and technological development in the field of energy storage.