Course Title: Net Zero-Carbon Fuels

Credit: 2 (32 hours) 

Course descriptions

As nations bind together to tackle global climate change, one of the urgent needs is the energy sector’s transition from being fossil-fuel reliant to embracing sustainable carbon-free solutions. Through a multi-national collaboration, this course aims to introduce a redefined perspective of fuel utilisation for the power and transportation sectors, placing emphasis on alternative fuels derived from renewable resources that are essential contributors to the goals of carbon neutrality. Some of the low or zero-carbon fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia, biofuels and emerging low carbon fuels adaptable to current or new energy systems will be explored in the context of production, utilisation, economics and sustainability. The impacts of future fuels on the environment, resource availability and social well-being need to be holistically considered and supported by diverse solutions, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals of Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7) and other related SDGs as put forth by the United Nations. From this course, the students will grasp the broad concept of alternative fuel production, application and challenges faced in moving towards a net zero-carbon society.   

Course components

Teaching mode: Synchronous

Type: Online and offline lecture + Group discussion + Group project

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles of alternative fuels for power and transportation sectors in the context of carbon neutrality in China and relate to the sustainable development goals.
  2. Describe the production process, potential application and limitations of alternative fuels in the context of power and transportation sectors.
  3. Assess the impact of alternative fuel usage on the local resources, society and nation in alignment of the sustainable development goals

Course implementation

  • Autumn – postgraduate course at China-UK Low Carbon College
  • Summer – Shanghai Jiao Tong University SDG Summer course*

* Open to undergraduates and postgraduates from all around the world. Please check out previous SDG programme (PJ187: Net Zero-Carbon Fuels)

Course instructors

Dr. Cheng Tung Chong

Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Net Zero-Carbon Fules Course Leader

Dr. Jo-Han Ng

Associate Professor, University of Southampon Malaysia

Dr. Agustin Valera-Medina

AProfessor, Cardiff University

Haoyu Zhang

Teaching assitant, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Course structure

Net Zero-Carbon Fuels (Course structure) – 2022 SDG Summer Course



Credit hours


L1: Introduction to SDG with emphasis on SDG 7


L2: Advancements of biofuels

Biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas production, application


L3: Biofuels sustainability: EWF + SDG perspectives


T1: Topical review 1 (Biofuels)



L4: Sustainable aviation propulsion

Production, application and sustainability


L5: Green hydrogen as energy carrier

Production, use (fuel cells and combustion)


L6: Green ammonia as energy carrier

Production, distribution, fuel cells, combustion


T2: Topical review 2 (H2 vectors)  



L7: Electrification

Power-to-X, transport electrification


L8: Emerging zero-carbon fuels

Production of methanol, waste-derived fuel, solar fuel


T3: Topical review 3 (Elec + EF)


Group project presentations


*Course structure may change, please refer to latest announcement prior to commencement of the course


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