Fuel Assessment






Project Everest is keenly interested in the use of sustainable fuels in Fiji. In addition to reducing the production of greenhouse gases, more efficient fuel use for cooking and heating can reduce the cost of living and and can improve the health of those who depend on unsustainable and inefficient fuels such as firewood or oil.

Thus far, teams have identified trends in general fuel use and have begun to refine the needs of the community, have ideated and begun to develop prototypes to address the issues.


The aim of this project is to further investigate the issue at the local level, filling in any gaps, formalising the data in the form of a market analysis and continuing to test the proposed Rocket Stove Prototype.

  • Continue collecting primary data on fuel and energy use in the area of operation
  • Continue testing, researching and refining the rocket stove design
    • Quantitative data on results and performance of the stove
    • Village testing and incorporating feedback into iterations
  • Continued researching and testing of the viability of bio-waste fuel briquettes
  • Investigation into the viability of a recycling program to source materials for sustainable and low cost stove manufacture
  • Development of partnerships with potential large-scale manufacturers

The continuation of a business idea in any of the focus areas is not expected. All ideas are assessed at the conclusion of the projects and those deemed to be below the required standard will be discontinued.


The proposed rocket stove aims to reduce the required fuel required and smoke emitted (especially harmful gases such as carbon monoxide as a result from incomplete combustion). It works with all solid fuels such as wood, biomass briquettes and other combustible waste such as animal dung.

Through increasing airflow it ensures that more complete combustion can occur, increasing heat output, reducing production of harmful carbon monoxide and reducing the amount of fuel required.


The rocket stove aims to address multiple issues across health, quality of life and environmental sustainability.

Environmental Sustainability – Deforestation is an issue across the globe and residential use of wood for cooking is a large contributor to the cutting down of trees in developing countries. Removal of trees reduces the Earth’s capacity to process the carbon dioxide released from human activity. Additionally, this “stored” carbon is then released when combusted. Carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide is released in the burning of wood – when inefficient combustion occurs, black carbon is emitted. Black carbon is one of the top contributors to global warming.

Health – Respiratory issues associated with cooking are estimated to result in over 4.3 million deaths per year. Current methods of burning fuels for cooking are inefficient, cause a lot of smoke and production of harmful gases.

Quality of life – The smoke from inefficient combustion also results in significant discomfort during cooking, causing itchy eyes, coughing and carbon (soot) on the walls and roof.

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Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal twelve, Responsible Consumption and Production: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. One component of this goal is particularly interesting to Project Everest; that which relates to consumption of fuels and generation of CO2 in the home.

Academic Credit

All academic credit is subject to approval by each university. Please contact the relevant faculty to apply for academic credit.

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health offers two internship subjects, one at 200-level and one at 300-level, that provide research experience opportunities for strong students to develop and hone their practical and research skills. Through an internship subject, students with an interest in research have an opportunity to gain experience “at the bench” or “in the field” as part of their research training. Students must have completed 48 credit points, 24 of these must be SCIE.

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As a requirement for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, students are required to obtain at least 12 weeks approved professional experience in a relevant industry during the course and submit a report to the satisfaction of the Discipline Directors of Studies. A Project Everest Project can account for 4-6 weeks of your professional experience requirement. Students must have completed 48 credit points towards their degree.

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CRLP200/201: Careers Ready Learning and Practice
UOW Careers Central offers this internship subject to all undergraduate students who have completed at least 72 credit points and have a weighted average mark of 60 or above. It can be taken as either a 6 or 8 credit point elective subject depending on its suitability with your course.

In CRLP200/201, students develop their ability to plan and manage their career and must complete a work experience component. A Project Everest project can account for this requirement.

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COMM391: Professional Experience in Business
Students who have completed 96 credit points including all Business 1st year core subjects can take part in a career ready learning elective, regardless of their degree that will count as credit and provide access to an OS HELP loan.

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Macquarie’s Global Leadership Program is an extracurricular program that can be undertaken alongside any degree at Macquarie. The Global Leadership Program has been designed so that students not only learn global skills and understanding – but put them into practice by studying, volunteering and participating in activities in Australia and overseas.

The GLP awards credit for academic and cultural experiences with an international component or cross-cultural focus to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

By engaging in a range of internationally focused activities, Macquarie students get real experience at applying the concepts of cross-cultural understanding, all the while enhancing their resume.

A Project Everest Program may be attributed towards your GLP requirements. We encourage you to contact GLP staff directly to inquire further.

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Please note there is no formal partnership between Macquarie University and Project Everest.

Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BScAgr) degree at USYD are required to complete at least 40 days of approved professional experience, plus at least one Faculty Excursion. This experience is to be undertaken during vacation period and is part of a program of a 6 credit point unit of study entitled professional development (ANFR4001) that they complete throughout their degree.

A minimum of 15 days of the 40 day requirement must be completed as ‘On-Farm’/Field. The remainder is completed either on another on-farm/field placement or with organisations involved in agriculture, business, research and the resource industries and is known as ‘graduate’ experience.

Project Everest allows for BScAgr to undertake professional development counting towards 20 of the 40 days with 15 days contributing to the compulsory on farm days and 5 contributing towards non-farm days.

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This course had been developed for students who find a work placement / internship either unpaid or paid and would like to receive academic credit for the placement.

This course will enable students to explore and gain a practical understanding of the requirements and expectations of the professional workplace through experiential learning. Students will develop their knowledge, capabilities and employability skills. Internships/work placements enable students to gain practical, supervised experience in the work place.

The course is available to domestic and international students. If a domestic or international student wishes to undertake an overseas work placement extra conditions will apply before the placement is approved.

Students must have a WAM of 65 with no more than 1 fail or above and have completed 48 units of credit to be eligible for this course.

Permission to enrol in SCIF2199 will only be granted if the work internship/work placement is compatible to the student’s major.
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Engineering Professional Experience

A core part of a Bachelor of Engineering is the completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience. This fulfills one of the requirements of accreditation from Engineers Australia.