The transport sector in Australia depends heavily on imported oil-based fuels. With this comes the ever-present risk of oil supply shortages. But Australia is gas-rich and oil-poor, so it makes practical sense to assess how our own gas resources can be used to produce these fuels. Natural gas can be used directly as a fuel, blended with diesel in modified diesel engines, and converted into a conventional liquid fuel - all at a modest cost. This book, written by Australia's leading experts in the field, demonstrates how using natural gas as a transport fuel could increase our fuel self-sufficiency to 50-70 per cent by 2030. And with three-quarters of our freight being moved by road, it's clear that these developments will have major benefits for Australian transport efficiency.
Robert Clark was appointed professor and chair of energy strategy and policy at the University of New South Wales in 2012. He was formerly the Chief Defence Scientist (CDS) of Australia and CEO of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He established the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology and served as its director. Mark Thomson is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Prior to that, he worked in the Department of Defence.