Rocky engineer Tokyo bound

Published on 14 May 2019

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A Rockhampton Regional Council worker will present his work at an international conference in Japan later this year, after his paper on energy efficiency was selected to be on the agenda.

Troy Leyden, a mechanical engineer in the Fitzroy River Water team, works hard to make sure FRW is continuously reviewing and improving energy efficiency as opportunities arise.

“When we improve energy efficiency we can reduce operating costs, maintenance costs, and lower our carbon emissions.

“The water and sewerage industry is growing and developing all the time and it’s vital to stay on top of the latest developments.

“At the conference in Tokyo I will be presenting my technical paper on pumping operations and the use of advanced analysis tools we have developed to increase energy efficiency.

“I will also be able to learn from leading international equipment suppliers and technical experts, and these learnings will in turn improve our work at FRW.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of Council so I can attend the conference. It has the benefit of not only being a great professional development opportunity for me, but will also help FRW be more energy efficient in the future.”

Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon said it was an indicator of just how rewarding working for Council can be.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support Troy to get to Tokyo.

“It’s a great opportunity for him but as he will be speaking about our innovative work on an international platform, and bringing back the latest knowledge, it will be great for our region too.”

Chair of Council’s Water Committee Councillor Neil Fisher said he is looking forward to hearing more about the conference when Troy returns.

“It is a credit to Troy that he has been selected to present his work at this conference,” said Cr Fisher.

“This will be an incredible opportunity for Troy, and I’m sure he’ll bring back some great stories and some great ideas.”

Troy Leyden will present his paper, “Specific Energy Shells – Rotodynamic Pump Energy Efficiency Graph”, at the 11th International Conference on Energy Efficiency on Motor Driven Systems in Tokyo in September 2019. Council has allocated up to $5,000 towards flights, conference registration, and other expenses.