At the conclusion of the 2003 World Solar Challenge, Greenfleet partnered with the CSIRO and WSC to present the inaugural Emerging Transport Technology Conference in Adelaide on 28th/29th October.
The motor car as we know it is about to experience dramatic technological change.With the threat of global warming and climate change, and the focus on sustainability, comes a commitment from motor manufacturers to bring radically more fuel-efficient vehicles to market.
This necessitates the fast-track development of emerging hybrid and fuel cell technologies that promise both opportunities and challenges for the Australian automotive manufacturing industry.
Infrastructure to deliver hydrogen fuel will be one of the key time frame drivers for electric fuel cell vehicles and as a consequence the scope of the opportunity for hybrid-electric as an interim technology is still unclear.
One thing is clear - the car of the future will be electric. The question for the immediate future is whether it will employ an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell to generate power. It will probably start as one and evolve into the other.
The keynote speaker was Dr Christine Sloane. Dr Sloane is a Director of the multi-billion dollar US Freedom CAR program which aims to develop the vehicle technology and hydrogen fuel infrastructure to support fuel cell vehicles.
Presentations from the 2003 Emerging Transport Technology Conference:
Mr Drew Clark
Head, Energy & Environment, DITR
Hyrdogen Options for Australia - The National Agenda (99KB)
Dr Brian Fildes
Professor of Road Safety, Monash University Accident Research Centre
Crashworthiness- The Safety Issue (1850KB)
Mr David Lamb
Chief Executive, Australian Automotive Technology Centre
Technology Change - Opportunities and Risks for Australia (356KB)
Dr Andreas Luzzi
Operating Agent, IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement
A Roadmap to Clean Hydrogen (1494KB)
Mr Ian McCleave
Executive Director, Business Strategy & Planning, Holden
Australia's Automotive Future - Holden's Strategy (629KB)
Mr Mark McKenzie
Senior Consultant, Abbott Consulting Group
Social Aspects of Transport (99KB)
Prof David St John
Chief Executive, Co-operative Research Centre for Cast Metals Manufacturing
Automotive Applications for Light Materials (1674KB)
Dr Christine Sloane
Director FreedomCAR and Advanced Technology Strategy, General Motors Corporation, Detroit
An International Automotive Industry Overview: The compelling vision of fuel cells and a hydrogen economy (3235KB)
Mr Vincent Tarquinio
Robert Bosch Australia
Modern Direct Injection Engines vs Alternative Powertrains
6.5 MB file - contact Greenfleet for a copy
Dr Adrian Williams
Chief, CSIRO Energy Technology
Options for Australia's Future Transport Fuels Systems (244KB)