Stu­dents’ spot­light on so­lar power

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS from all over Queens­land gath­ered at CQUniver­sity in Rock­hamp­ton this week to turn up the heat on so­lar power gen­er­a­tion and ex­plain how the en­ergy can be a se­cure source of elec­tric­ity.

The 18 stu­dents were se­lected to take part in the first ever Brighter Fu­tures Make It Now Engi­neer­ing Chal­lenge where they used dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing drones, data mod­el­ling, robotics and 3D print­ing, to solve real prob­lems re­lat­ing to so­lar power gen­er­a­tion.

Stu­dents pre­sented their find­ings to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CQUniver­sity Rock­hamp­ton, Adani Aus­tralia Re­new­ables and Fed­eral MP for Capri­cor­nia Michelle Landry yes­ter­day af­ter a week-long camp ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cam­pus life.

“A bonus is that stu­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence the life of a uni­ver­sity stu­dent, liv­ing on cam­pus, work­ing in lab­o­ra­to­ries and com­plet­ing projects to strict dead­lines,” said CQUniver­sity’s Provost Helen Hunt­ley.

“This will help pre­pare them for the re­al­i­ties of uni­ver­sity life.”

Adani Aus­tralia Re­new­ables CEO Jennifer Pur­die said Adani Aus­tralia was proud to part­ner with Queens­land Min­er­als and En­ergy Academy (QMEA).

“We’re very proud to par­tic­i­pate in this event. We are con­fi­dent this ac­tiv­ity will have a last­ing ef­fect on stu­dents and en­cour­age them into engi­neer­ing-re­lated uni­ver­sity cour­ses and ca­reers,” she said.

“It’s very re­ward­ing to see what the stu­dents come up with dur­ing the var­i­ous chal­lenges.”

Adani Re­new­ables Aus­tralia’s Rugby Run so­lar farm project is now un­der con­struc­tion near Mo­ran­bah and will be op­er­a­tional late 2018.

It will pro­duce 65MW of re­new­able en­ergy in its first phase, with the ca­pac­ity to ex­pand to 170MW.

The QMEA is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil (QRC) and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment un­der its Gate­way to In­dus­try schools pro­gram. It has 46 schools through­out Queens­land. QRC is the peak rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for Queens­land’s re­source sec­tor.

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