Hydro Harvest Operation
Our team has a diverse background: Behdad and Elham grew up Iran before moving to Australia to continue their education, receiving PhDs from Australian universities before taking up academic positions at The University of Newcastle. Together they make a dynamic team, and are co-inventors of GRANEX, an emission-free engine that turns heat from low-grade sources such as geothermal and industrial waste heat into electricity. GRANEX has been in commercial operations for several years.
Andrew was born and raised in Newcastle and attended The University of Newcastle where he was a student of Behdad’s. Following a PhD at the University of Sydney and thirteen years in industry advising companies and governments on greenhouse gas emissions, Andrew returned to The University of Newcastle as a senior member of Behdad’s research team and was the instigator of the team’s entry in the competition.
Priscilla is another “home grown” member of the team, and was a student of Behdad’s, both as an undergraduate and a PhD student. Priscilla grew up in Newcastle, but has family in Fiji and frequently visits her mother’s village. Priscilla has first-hand experience of water scarcity through her time in Fiji, during both normal living conditions and following cyclones.
Cheng grew up in China where access to quality drinking water is challenging and water contamination is a critical issue due to pollution of human origin. Completing undergraduate and master’s degrees in China, Cheng became another student of Behdad’s, completing his PhD at The University of Newcastle before becoming a researcher within Behdad’s research team.Together we’re a team whose innate engineer’s curiosity is driven by our diverse backgrounds. Where some see problems, we see challenges.