Sustainable Industry Design

Sustainable industry design concerns the process technologies and mangement of recovered waste materials including pastlics, fibres and flyashes. We develop the cost effective manufacturing approaches for high value low CO2 products.

 Core Projects

  1. NEW OPTIONS FOR WASTE AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT (NO WASTE) 2022 – 2024
  2. RAILWAY SLEEPERS FROM WASTE PLASTICS AND FIBRE COMPOSITES 2022 – 2024
  3. OPTIMISED PROCESSING OF RECOVERED RESOURCES 2020 – 2025
  4. GREEN GEOPOLYMER

Core Research Areas

Green Geoploymer

Australia only uses 10% of its annual fly ash waste as supplementary cementitious material for the cement industry. This project aims to develop a well-formulated geopolymer, utilising high volume coal waste streams fly
ash, as sustainable replacement of Portland cement.

 NEW OPTIONS FOR WASTE AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT (NO WASTE)

The purpose is to develop and demonstrate a novel regional multi-helix collaboration model involving entities with a shared purpose to divert waste from landfill, and increase jobs. NO WASTE precinct’s research will link education initiatives and technical advancement to convert waste into value-added material products. The precinct will commence with a focus on plastics, glass and fibres, and transition to sustainable design of advanced products (e.g. solar panels, fibre composites).

RAILWAY SLEEPERS FROM WASTE PLASTICS AND FIBRE COMPOSITES

This project develops next generation railway sleepers with waste materials. High volumes of landfill waste plastics will be processed and combined with fibre composites to create a durable, high-performance and cost-effective structural system. The project offers a unique solution to replace timber sleepers, transitions Australia into a circular economy, and contributes to Australia’s target to achieve
net zero emissions by 2050.

OPTIMISED PROCESSING OF RECOVERED RESOURCE

USQ researchers are collaborating on an $18 million ARC-ITRH focused on reducing landfill waste and transforming reclaimed resources into innovative materials. The research will
turn industrial waste flyash and paint waste into geopolymer (Paintback and Halok) and find solutions for waste plastics (Moreton Bay Regional Council and Tweed Shire Council).