|While a significant body of work on resource recovery technologies already exists, there was no holistic analysis of potential industry opportunities for resource recovery in Australia, identifying barriers to successful commercial deployment and pathways to realise the opportunities. This project has stimulated interest in resource recovery investment by producing an authoritative report that defines the industry opportunities for resource recovery in Australia, identifies the regulatory, commercial and other barriers to realising the opportunities, and considers approaches to overcome them. Using international and Australian examples, this project analysed the market, and considered factors that influence industry opportunities, such as value chains, social perception, risk aversion, technology development and deployment.
WORK UNDERTAKEN AND OUTCOMES
The project examined international and Australian case studies and found that increased pressure from population growth, higher demand for natural resources, rising costs and growing community expectations, will require the water industry to develop innovative and more efficient processes to optimise resource recovery from wastewater.
The report concluded that emerging energy-efficient process technologies, such as the generation of biogas from sewage and waste and cogeneration of electricity, appear to be economically viable for larger scales of wastewater treatment plant operation, nominally above 50ML/day.
ADOPTION AND IMPACT
The water sector welcomed research’s investor’s perspective to the application of international resource recovery successes and their applicability to Australia’s unique circumstances. The model, produced by ATSE, used probabilistic methodologies to incorporate a wide range of avoided costs and economic uncertainties that need to be considered when assessing and investing in resource recovery opportunities.
|Dr Lauren Palmer, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
|Professor John Burgess, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
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