RiceCycle create solutions to convert agricultural waste into green energy and sustainable building materials in developing economies.

About RiceCycle

RiceCycle is a multi-disciplinary engineering team committed to working on problems of global relevance. RiceCycle's mission is to provide affordable, sustainable energy and a supplementary income stream to under-served communities around the world whilst simultaneously advancing students technical engineering skills.

To achieve their goal, RiceCycle develop small-scale generators which transform readily-available agricultural waste into clean, sustainable energy in developing countries. Students have the opportunity to make global impact whilst gaining invaluable practical engineering experience working on real-world problems. 

Major goals and achievements

RiceCycle are currently working on developing the Gasifier prototype. The prototype is designed to be made from re-purposed and recycled materials. The rick husk is then incinerated under controlled conditions to create a gas which can be used with a modified generator to create electricity. The ash from the incineration can be used as a bi-product to make cement, creating a secondary income for farmers in developing economies. 

In collaboration with UNSW’s international partners, Ricecycle intends to implement a pilot program by the end of 2018.

Information for Students

Who we are looking for

RiceCycle draws on expertise and skills from the entire Faculty of Engineering, allowing members to work with students from a broad range of backgrounds. RiceCycle has a range of technical and non-technical roles, which cater to any year or experience level.

Why you should join

  • Potential to develop your technical engineering skills whilst making a genuine global impact.
  • Work with like-minded students from a diverse range of backgrounds within a truly diverse and vibrant team.
  • Gain a skill-set which is highly valued by industry such as leadership and organisational skills.
My Story - Jotham Young

Jotham Young is a Civil Engineering and Commerce student at UNSW.

“Since starting up RiceCycle I’ve learnt a lot – from managing and motivating teams of volunteers, to empowering students to be creative and use the skills available to them to reach solutions to the problems which inevitably pop-up during any design process. RiceCycle has also taught me to look at the world in a different way; there are so many resources out there that aren’t being used to their full potential, and working with a team like RiceCycle encourages you to find the hidden opportunities that may exist.

The thing I enjoy most about RiceCycle is the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge picked up in the classroom to real issues, with the potential to create a genuine, lasting impact.”

“The thing I enjoy most about RiceCycle is the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge picked up in the classroom to real issues, with the potential to create a genuine, lasting impact.”

Information for Sponsors

Can you help?

We are actively seeking sponsors to help us achieve our goals of training Australia’s top engineers, shaping the future of sustainable transport and inspiring the next generation of engineers still in school. Any support, whether it be in-kind material or machining, financial support or advice on our designs, is invaluable.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our Student Projects, please contact our Student Projects Officer Stephanie Bagnell engprojects@unsw.edu.au


What’s in it for you?

Each project creates different opportunities to make great things happen, such as:

  • Access to and engagement with USNW Engineering’s top students
  • Ability to trial students via UNSW Engineering’s Industrial Training Program
  • Networking opportunities with other industry partners, UNSW academic and research staff and UNSW’s top students
  • Advertise graduate positions directly to UNSW Engineering students
  • Media and branding opportunities
  • News items and photos for your internal communications promotion

Get in touch to find out more about each project's sponsorship opportunities.

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