The Driven Podcast: Biofuels, batteries, or hydrogen

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With the energy transition in the main grid gathering pace, more focus is turning to de-carbonising transport. We talk to Australian engineer Stephanie Moroz, who has worked in all three sectors, about the pros and cons of biofuels, batteries and hydrogen.

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Two years ago, Stephanie Moroz was named one of Australia’s most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia, and her experience working across lithium-ion batteries, internal combustion engines, fuel cells and hydrogen storage gives her a unique perspective of the choices facing Australia as it looks to decarbonise its transport system.

Moroz is a former CEO of Brisbane-based Nano-Nouvelle, developing innovative nanomaterials for applications such as high performance lithium ion batteries, who has also worked on hydrogen fuel cells in Canada and Germany, automotive engine systems to reduce pollution and fuel consumption in France, and solid state hydrogen storage systems in Australia.

Now the head of consulting group Davanz, Moroz joins The Driven podcast to discuss the pros and cons of various options facing Australia – from biofuels to batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, and which part of the transport chain could be best suited for each technology.

Moroz’ simple message is this: whatever your preferred technology options, we will likely need them all to some degree. And she is particularly interested in the new Mercedes hybrid – not one combining a battery with a conventional petrol or diesel engine, but one that combines a battery for short commutes and a hydrogen fuel tank for longer distances.

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