KADE McCONVILLE

Employer: BOC Position: Retail Assistant, Gas & Gear/ Product Design Engineer

Employer: BOC

Position: Retail Assistant, Gas & Gear/ Product Design Engineer

BOC, a member of the Linde Group, supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

With more than 50,000 employees working in 100 countries the company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments.

While studying a Bachelor of Product Design Engineering, Kade McConville, 23, has been working in various BOC Gas & Gear stores in Victoria for three years.

He is responsible for engaging in a high level of professional customer service at all times and following through with the ongoing need to enhance the company from a face-to-face perspective with potentially significant customers.

As part of his honours project, Kade worked closely with Sustainable Energy Fuel Cells of Australia (SEFCA) a partner of BOC, to create a hydrogen fuel cell power unit for usage in confined space environments, in particular underground mining.

The research and design was focused on a mobile, freestanding zero-emission power generator for low power consumption equipment, in particular, workspace lighting within these close proximity environments.

The power unit has the ability to revolutionise working conditions in underground mining operations by reducing the adverse affects of diesel power generators as a result of the toxic emission output.

The hydrogen fuel cell power unit for confined space environments has received great industry feedback and is designed and documented to the point at which it could now be manufactured and sold.