Technology Turning industrial waste into clean water

Turning industrial waste into clean water

A revolutionary new technology, known as membrane distillation, can be used to recover water and resources from industrial waste.

And the best part? It uses hardly any electricity and saves huge amounts of water.

The way industry uses water could be revolutionised by the cleansing system, developed by Professor Mikel Duke and his research team at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.

The system has been shown to be effective in live trials conducted at Newport Power Station.

Similar tests are underway to test its efficacy in the mining, manufacturing and food industries.

Membrane distillation works by blocking salty waste water from passing through a thin plastic membrane.

“It’s about trying to get fresh water out at a lower cost and in a simplified system,” explains Professor Duke.

A commercial prototype could be industry-ready as early as next year and Victoria University is already investigating opportunities in Australia and China.

But for Professor Duke, the real win will be for the environment.

You can discover more about this project here. [Story credit: Victoria University newsroom]

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