Eight new projects to make a major contribution to Future Fuels research

April 3, 2020

During this very difficult period we are continuing to develop our research where it is safe for our researchers and participants to operate. As a result we are very happy to announce that our Board have approved eight new research projects and five new PhDs, bringing our total portfolio of approved and active projects to 55. This is a testament to the hard work of all our participants as we maintain our momentum in this vital area of research.

Congratulations to all the project teams and participants. Each project represented a major contribution to our research, and we look forward to sharing more information as the project develop. The successful projects are:

Pathways for Hydrogen Adaptation to Industrial Processes (RP1.4-03)
Industrial use, excluding electricity, accounts for more than 30% of Australian natural gas consumption. The project aims to de-risk the adaptation of hydrogen fuel to thermal industrial processes.

Mapping vulnerability to Future Fuels – A Scoping Review (RP2.1-06)
This scoping review addresses the limited understanding of residential energy vulnerability and disadvantage in the Australian future fuels transition.

Social licence to operate training package (RP2.1-09)
This project aims to develop an education and training package directed at senior managers from across industry, government and academia to build their skills in and understanding of the Social Licence to Operate, which is critical for project success.

Establishing a Case Based Learning Framework for Pipeline Engineers (RP2.3-03)
This project aims to establish a case-based learning framework, looking systematically at what lessons need to be learned by pipeline engineers, and associated capabilities developed, to maintain the industry’s public safety record.

Development of Efficient and Effective Methodologies for the Abandonment of Pipelines (RP3.2-08)
This project will deliver technical guidelines for end-of-life pipeline decommissioning and abandonment, based on international practices translated for Australian situations.

Quality assurance tests for two-part epoxy coatings (RP3.4-05)
This project aims to reinforce the knowledge base engineers have at their disposal to specify coatings and application processes, resulting in a greater degree of confidence in the design.

Bi-directional potential excursions on CP (RP3.4-07)
This project involves a short test program in order to confirm and quantify the degree of the effect of cathodic transients. The outcome will be extremely valuable in the preparation of the next revision to AS 2832.1 in its stray current criteria section.

Molecular dynamics of hydrogen-induced failure (RP3.10-01)
This PhD research project will advance the atomic-level understanding of hydrogen embrittlement and provide mechanistic insights that may enable predictive grain boundary engineering to design new structural metals with improved resistance to hydrogen embrittlement.