Water Journal : Water Journal April 2011
conference reviews water APRIL 2011 87 • Development of a novel low-grade heat-driven desalination technology: University of Western Australia, WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence, Mining Industry Partners. • Evaluation of vibratory shear membrane technology for concentrate minimisation and brine recovery/recycling: Curtin University, Monash University, Orica Watercare, Water Corporation, New Logic Research Inc. • High water recovery inland desalination using membrane distillation with ceramic membranes: University of Queensland, Victoria University, Ceramipore, Tarong Energy, The Pump House. • Management of brine disposal into inland ecosystems: Edith Cowan University, WA Centre of Excellence in Ecohydrology, Rio Tinto (Dampier Salt Ltd), Water Corporation, WA Department of Environment and Conservation. • Nanostructure of diatoms: A predictive model for species sustainability: Flinders University, SARDI, SA Water. • Highly productive and selective bio-organic hybrid membrane water filters: University of Queensland, Stanford University. • Management of brine disposal into inland ecosystems: Edith Cowan University, WA Centre of Excellence in Ecohydrology, Rio Tinto (Dampier Salt Ltd), Water Corporation, WA Department of Environment and Conservation. • Membrane flocculation hybrid system as pre-treatment to brackish water reverse osmosis desalination system -- emphasis on chemical use reduction and recovery: University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University, IFTS France, KAUST Saudi Arabia, State Water NSW, Coliban Water, Steri-flow Filtration Systems. • Reverse osmosis brine management by membrane distillation crystallisation: Victoria University, CSIRO, GWMWater, Siemens, Osmoflo. Projects Approved from Funding Round 2: • Assessing and mitigating environmental impacts of seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) outfalls on marine benthic organisms: Deakin University, University of Western Australia. • Tjuntjuntjara remote inland indigenous community solar/ waste energy groundwater desalination project: Murdoch University, WA Department of Housing, Memsys Clearwater Distribution PL. • Control of organic membrane fouling through limitation and control of extracellular microbial product: Murdoch University, Environmental Biotechnology Co-operative Research Centre. • Application of capacitive deionisation in inland brackish water desalination: University of South Australia, LT Green, Power and Water Authority, SA Water. • Silica removal from groundwater for reverse osmosis water recovery enhancement and waste brine volume reduction: Victoria University. • Strategies for membrane fouling control in desalination pre-treatment: University of NSW, Curtin University of Technology; Water Corporation, Veolia, Siemens. • Fertilisers as draw solutes for forward osmosis desalination: a novel approach for fertigation in the Murray Darling Basin: University of Technology Sydney, Korea University, Yale University, NSW State Water Corporation, SK Energy. • Real-time detection and management of biofouling conditioning films in SWRO: University of NSW, University of SA, InPhaze Pty Ltd, SA Water, Sydney Water, WETSUS (Netherlands). • Development of universally applicable coatings and additives for state-of-the-art reverse osmosis and pre- treatment: Flinders University, Wind Prospects Pty Ltd, SA Water, Siemens. • Mitigation of biofouling using natural polysaccharide surface coating: CSIRO. Commercialisation The Centre has taken a unique approach to opportunities for commercialising the outcomes of its research and industry involvement: • A share of IP revenues is reinvested in research. • Commercialisation potential is a key evaluation criterion for proposals. • The Centre sought widespread industry involvement in shaping and validating the Roadmap. • The Centre seeks a clear path to market for technological proposals. The responsibilities of the Commercialisation Advisory Committee are: to take an active role in reviewing proposals and providing input into the investment selection process; to adopt a collaborative approach in commercialisation with NCED Participating Organisations; and to seek investment in projects and also contract research from industry. The Design of the Research Facility The detailed design of the research facilities for the NCED is complete, the construction contract awarded and construction to be completed by June 2011. The design specifications required the facility to: • Provide performance testing of pre-treatment, desalination technologies and brine management. • Measure improvements in energy efficiency. • Allow efficient, robust and independent validation of commercial products. Location allows ready access to a wide range of feedwater with flexibility and service delivery inbuilt. Other considerations were that there be access to seawater and fresh water from underground to provide a range of feedwater for testing purposes. Instrumentation, automation, control and a supporting workshop, laboratories, offices, and administration were integral to the facility being able to deliver on its brief. The NCED at Rockingham will be available to provide valuable services to industry and serve as an additional source of revenue for the facility. These services will include: • Basic membrane autopsy and investigation; • Mobile pilot testing facility; • Standardised membrane testing; • Technology performance certification testing. The Grand Opening of the Centre will be on 4 September 2011 and will coincide with the International Desalination Congress in Perth.
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