A major breakthrough in clean fuel technology has been achieved using the unique catalytic cracking facility at the UWA Centre for Energy, helping researchers identify how to provide clean fuel for our cars and zero-emission carbon for batteries.

The only one of its type in Australia, the facility has helped researchers break the chemical bonds of methane gas.

“By cracking methane we’ve been able to create hydrogen without producing any carbon dioxide,”
says Winthrop Professor Hui Tong Chua.

“The by-product is hydrogen and graphitic carbon, which also has the potential for high-value applications.”

The technology also has application in gas processing for fertiliser production.