Prof. Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. His own research and consulting are with industry and government on the technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems; the combustion of conventional and alternative fuels; and stationary and mobile powerplant featuring engines, turbines, energy storage and renewables. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy. He previously established the University of Melbourne’s multi-disciplinary degree, the Master of Energy Systems. Prior to commencing at the University, Michael worked for ICI Australia (now Orica), then undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.