In partnership with the UWO IEEE Student Branch
Alternative Fuels in Transportation
In SARNIA on Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
In LONDON on Thursday March 15th, 2007
Date: Thursday March 15th, 2007
The realization of dwindling fossil fuel supplies and their adverse environmental impacts has accelerated research and development activities in the domain of renewable energy sources and technologies. Global energy demand is expected to rise during the next few decades, and the majority of today?s energy is based on fossil fuels. Alternative energy sources and technologies can play a vital role in lowering or eliminating our reliance on fossil fuels. However, such a transition will require a large investment and will not be reversible.
The benefits of hydrogen and other liquid fuels as transportation fuels are not marginal, but the real urgency in greenhouse gas reductions and fossil fuel replacement should not be translated into an energy infrastructure based on unsustainable sources in the long run. It is wise to examine each option thoroughly and objectively now and discard those with little potential so our focus and effort may be placed elsewhere.
Shahram Karimi is a professor and co-coordinator of the Alternative Energy Engineering Technology Program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Canada. He is a cofounder of Platinux Corporation, a fuel cell company conducting research on various aspects of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He is also the managing editor of the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to understanding the role and impact of science and technology on contemporary societies and the environment. His main