Technical and economic analysis of transport and energy systems
Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) at the University of Melbourne. MEI facilitates the University’s multi-disciplinary research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy. Michael’s 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; • 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’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.
AIE - Australian Institute of Energy.
Full Membership 2010 - 2016
ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Member 2010 - 2016
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers.
Full Member 2006 - 2016
SAE-A - Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia.
Member 2006 - 2016
IEAust - Engineers Australia.
Full Membership 1993 - 2016
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering,
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia,
ARC Future Fellowship 2010-2013, Australian Research Council (ARC),
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy,
Available for supervision
Michael Brear's research group is interested in both fundamental and applied aspects of energy systems. All of this work is focused on developing affordable, new technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst improving air quality.
Our activities range from the modelling of complete power plants and power systems, both non-renewable and renewable, to the fundamental fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of specific devices. We emphasise experimental validation, and collaborate closely with other academics and a range of industry and government partners.