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Location University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
App. deadline 31/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Waste to Energy: Phycoremediation of Wastewaters with Simultaneous Generation of Energy

As a lead agency involved in waste pollution and control in the Pacific, The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is working with Pacific Island countries and territories in areas related to nutrient, material and energy recovery from waste to deliver solutions for managing environmental pollution associated with wastewaters in Pacific.

Wastewater from meat and live-stock industries, piggeries and also from the food industries requires better management and is a research priority for many nations including Pacific. The use of microalgae is one potential solution due to its dual role of wastewater remediation and biomass production for sustainable biofuel generation. Coupling wastewater bioremediation with renewable energy production is an evolving strategy to mitigate the current eutrophication and energy crises.

This scholarship will provide an opportunity to work with SPREP and UON researchers at the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation to isolate and characterise novel microalgae for their ability to grow on wastewaters and generate biomass. The project will explore the feasibility of utilising nutrients from wastewaters (piggery/agroindustrial), to examine the ability of microalgae to be used for the generation of biodiesel and to explore development of novel phycoremediation technology for simultaneous generation of biomass and energy from remediation of wastewaters.

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