Project Snapshot

AgriCycle UNSW is collaborating with AgriCycle Uganda to convert local agricultural waste into sustainable energy and green materials. The main purpose of our project is to drive community development in the agricultural sector.

About ChallENG Student Project

Our student project is a collaboration between students across different engineering disciplines and faculties to create a positive social impact. AgriCycle is a student-led humanitarian project focused on converting agricultural waste into useful energy through designing and optimising low-emission cookstoves.

AgriCycle was formed in 2017 after the original founder travelled to Uganda and noticed large volumes of rice husks were being discarded and going to waste. Since then, we have focused on utilising agricultural waste in the form of charcoal briquettes.

We are currently collaborating with AgriCycle Uganda to help them achieve their goals as a non-for-profit organisation; to reduce deforestation and supply energy to rural communities.

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Engineering Skills






Professional development

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Human-centred Design
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Innovation and excellence
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability

United Nations Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty
SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
SDG 4 - Quality Education
SDG 5 - Gender equality 
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth 
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequality 

Students who are:

  • Motivated
  • Passionate about human centred design
  • Keen to learn and apply new skills
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Students will get the opportunity to make a real-world impact on communities
  • Opportunities to travel overseas and work collaboratively with international stakeholders
  • Develop technical and soft skills
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Gain practical design and research experience

Team Academic Advisor

Robert Patterson