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National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (University of Southern Queensland)

Name: National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (University of Southern Queensland)
Contact Person: Bernadette McCabe
Phone: +61 7 4631 1623

Summary of activities


The National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), a research centre of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) undertakes projects which explore energy efficiency, embodied energy and life cycle analysis and alternate/renewable energy on farms and related processing industries. Current projects include:

  • Biodiesel use (cotton seed oil) in the cotton industry, specifically exploring the performance of alternative fuels and mixtures to reduce operating costs and emissions
  • Assessment of the mallee woody crop supply chain, based on a comparative assessment with the sugar supply chain to assist in developing a sustainable supply chain for the mallee industry and its stakeholders
  • Biogas production from covered anaerobic lagoons treating abattoir wastewater
  • Feasibility of feedlot manure pre-treatment systems for optimal biogas production
  • Improving energy efficiency in a range of crops including cotton, grains, horticulture, sugarcane, livestock industries
  • Benchmarking energy use of farms
  • The development of control techniques and sensor development in biomass gasification
  • The potential of controlled traffic farming (CTF) to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon sequestration in arable (grain) cropping.


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