Alasdair Cairns

Director of the Powertrain Research Centre

Professor Al Cairns is the Director of the Powertrain Research Centre at University of Nottingham and has over 23 years’ experience in light and heavy-duty engines, decarbonised fuels and electric hybrid propulsion systems.

His early career involved 10 years with engineering consultancy Cosworth/MAHLE Powertrain, managing large collaborative R&D programmes. He has since successfully led over 25 EPSRC, Innovate UK, Advanced Propulsion Centre and directly funded projects in his field with global industry partners. He is currently Programme Director for the MariNH3 which is investigating the potential of green ammonia to fuel and decarbonise commercial shipping. 


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