Derick Rudson Goncalves de Lima

Derick Rudson Goncalves de Lima

Industry PhD Student

Industry PhD project title:

Optimal planning and operational strategy for biogas power generation system design in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)

RACE University and Industry partners:

UTS and Sydney Water Corporation

Previous education:

  • Masters in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering

Work background:

As an electrical engineer, I worked in the electricity market sector, where I used to analyze and design strategies to determine optimal energy trading in several markets. I also worked in the power systems operation, where I used to perform power systems studies to evaluate the reliability and performance of the distribution network.

What attracted you to the RACE Industry PhD?

It is a unique opportunity to gain industry experience in Australia and also have a partnership within industry to develop research. Australia’s plan to reach net-zero by 2050 is very challenging, and this project can contribute to WWTP increasing their energy efficiency and use of renewable energy to minimize energy costs.


When you were young, what did you want to be when you were older?

To be honest, when I was a kid, I’d like to be a professional footballer, but since I was not good enough, I decided to study engineering.

What do you hope to achieve?

I want to become an expert in renewable energy resources, especially biogas and biofuel. I believe the world has huge potential to become renewable energy efficient, but it needs more research, investments, government subsidy, and industry support.

What are you most looking forward to?

To develop good research and try to contribute within the industry trying to help Sydney Water with its needs.

What innovation/change would you like to see in 5-10 years’ time?

I hope the increase of transportation electrification, renewable energy, and energy storage capacity, and the decrease of energy storage system prices. I also expect the world to become more sustainable and more efficient.

Fun fact about you

In my last year of school, I was thinking about studying mechanical engineering, but in the end, I chose to study electrical engineering because my older brother was already doing mechanical, and I did not want those people to say that I would copy his choice. Nowadays, I am glad I opted for electrical engineering.

Favourite quote:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” (Albert Einstein)

Journal article

A Scoping Review of Options for Increasing Biogas Production from Sewage Sludge: Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Energy Self-Sufficiency in Wastewater Treatment Plants