- Tour Leaders: John Mo & Marcos Anastassiou
- Program Dates: TBC: twos trips to Fiji: first one beginning of March and the second one beginning of July
- Availability: 1 student
RMIT, in collaboration with the Centre for Water and Energy Engineering at Fiji National University (FNU) and the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) have initiated preliminary research into the sizing of a gas turbine that will utilize available biogas at the Kinoya Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). Knowledge of the following is available:
-Understanding of the design data of the existing biogas flare installation and the data was used to develop a utilization model of the biogas,
-Performance data of the biogas flare equipment and the data collected on site to determine the types of suitable power generator and potential amount of energy available.
The aim of the next phase (this project) is to engage a chemical/environmental engineering student to undertake a more thorough analysis of gas composition, flow rates and sludge chemistry to determine its suitability for powering either a gas turbine or spark ignition engine to drive a generator.
The project starts with a 2 week trip to the project site in Suva, Fiji where data and samples can be collected. Student then comes back to Melbourne for data/samples analysis. The second trip is planned in June/July when the student can present research findings with the partners. Project report will be submitted at the end of July.
$4000 (fully covered by New Colombo Plan funding) accommodation and travel
Additional Costs to Consider:
- RMIT Tuition Fee
- Host Country Visa (if applicable)
- Personal Expenditure
- Chemical Engineering final year students (BH079) or Environmental Engineering final year students (BH080). Australian citizens (as recipient of NCP funding)
Application and Selection process
- The project is equivalent to a 12-24CP course which can be a combination of OENG 1167 (Capstone Project A) and OENG 1168 (Capstone Project B) or PROC2122 (Research Project)
- Step 1: Students who are interested in this project and meet the eligibility criteria are required to submit their latest CVs and academic transcripts to Nina Nguyen at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Step 2: Shortlisted students will be invited for an interview with program leaders. Attributes required include:
- Chemical or environmental engineering knowledge of waste water treatment processes;
- Methods for chemical analysis of biogas and sludge;
- Willing to perform field work at the waste water treatment plant in Fiji.
- Step 3: Selected student is recommended to partners for final approval
- 1 x $7000 New Colombo Plan scholarships
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website
and Global Mobility website
for funding options.