Students’ spotlight on solar power
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.