ManaFuel Tonga seeks to improve the lives of farmers by converting their surplus crops into renewable energy and value-added goods. It plans to pilot a small-scale energy project in Tonga combining photovoltaic and biomass gasification technology. EWBNZ have conceived a fourth year engineering research project at the Auckland University of Technology to assess similar hybrid power projects around the world and determine an appropriate design for the planned pilot study. Through providing renewable energy access to farmers, ManaFuel seeks to improve their potential for sustained increased income and social improvement.
Final year undergraduate engineering students at the University of Auckland and University of Canterbury are investigating the design of a linear turbine for use in developing communities. The turbine can be implemented in villages with nearby tidal or river flows as a useful prime mover for household power.Read more