WSAA’s Research and Innovation Newsletter – April 2022
1 April 2022
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Research Newsletter – April 2022
Welcome to our April 2022 research and innovation newsletter.
If you’re worried about the water lapping at your window, the war in Ukraine or ballooning Covid numbers this is the place for you. There is none of that here – read on in complete freedom.
Oh… and if you see any interesting articles, projects or news about research that others might be interested in, please send to [email protected] – it could even make the next newsletter due in May 2022.
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Industry Innovation and Resilience
WSAA Circular Economy Action Plan
The circular economy is gaining momentum and the water industry is well positioned to be a leading player.
The nature of our operations gives us huge scope to contribute to national and international decarbonisation and sustainability goals, and provide opportunities for others as well.
Our Circular Economy Action Plan includes a series of actions WSAA will lead to help the water industry in Australia and New Zealand accelerate towards designing out waste, keeping resources in use, and regenerating natural capital.
While everyone has been working from home and learning to Zoom into work, WSAA has been thinking about how all the elements of our water industry work together to support innovation.
The Industry Innovation Ecosystem is a bold shift in how we think about innovation, research and development. In a nutshell, it’s about looking more broadly and focussing on things that we have thought, traditionally, were out of our control.
Australian academics who partner with Industry through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Program will receive almost $84 million over six years. The ARC will fund almost $32 million dollars toward sixty-eight new projects, with 141 industry partners committing nearly $52 million to these projects.
Linkage grants enable research teams from around Australia to partner with industry, business and community organisations to drive innovation and deliver outcomes and solutions to benefit all Australians.
Ozwater – Inclusive Networking with Confidence Workshop
Monday 9 May | 2.30pm-5.30pm
Are you a Young Water Professional, new to the industry or want to grow your networking and communication skills? The Ozwater’22 ‘Networking with Confidence Workshop’ aims to provide practical skills to help you network confidently and develop industry connections.
Importantly, this program has a focus on embracing diversity and encouraging inclusion in the water community.
Aussie Hysata Claims Lead in Green Hydrogen Sprint
Wollongong University spin-out Hysata has published research related to its hydrogen electrolyser technology that it claims provides a clear path to enabling hydrogen production costs of “well-below” $2 per kilogram.
The company says its “ultra-high” efficiency electrolyser will make green hydrogen competitive years earlier than generally assumed, accelerating global decarbonisation.
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that employs hydrogels and surfactant to remove micropollutants. They claim that the system, which essentially cleanses the water, can outperform activated carbon.
The physical interaction used in the system is strong enough to pull micropollutants from water, but weak enough that the hydrogel particles can be separated from the micropollutants, restabilized, and reused.
Carbon Pickling is Newest Idea to Remove Greenhouse Gas from Air
There is some unique work being done by an Australian start-up called InterEarth which is looking at the possibility of burying wood in saline groundwater to reduce carbon emissions.
Yes, you read correctly. This is really interesting. The wood is essentially pickled in the briny groundwater beneath degraded land. The start-up is hoping that it can offer carbon-removal credits for less than US$50 a ton.
There are some really interesting things happening in South Australia with the development of Lot Fourteen; a special precinct focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, culture, and tourism.
Already home to 1,000 people, the Lot Fourteen collaborative workspaces aim to provide an exciting environment for global companies, start-ups and organisations from the hi-tech, space, defence and creative industries.
Roadmap Pinpoints Research Required for Smooth Transition To Renewables
CSIRO have released a Roadmap highlighting the research required to continue Australia’s transition to a more secure and affordable electricity system, which shows that innovation can drive the integration of renewables.
The Roadmap was developed in collaboration with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and is based on input from leading Australian and international system operators and research agencies.
Developing Strategic Consumer Messaging for Microplastics in Drinking Water Supplies
The Water Research Foundation have embarked on a really interesting project provide foundational information to help address concerns from the public and the media about the implications of microplastics in drinking water.
The work will conduct proactive research to help the water industry anticipate and understand these concerns, develop appropriate and accurate responses, and communicate with a consistent voice.
Practical Knowhow on Black Soldier Fly Biowaste Processing
Yep. This is an image of Dr. Stefan Diener up to his eyeballs in Black Soldier Fly Larvae.
Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology are putting their research on black soldier fly larvae to good use.
This second edition of the book “Black Soldier Fly Biowaste Processing – A Step-by-Step Guide”, is a fascinating and amazingly detailed look at the required materials and equipment, as well as each working step. It’s similar to a cookbook with its respective recipes.
Water Research Foundation – 2022 Tailored Collaboration Research Program Update
5 April 2022, 6:00 -7:30 am (AEDT)
WRF’s Tailored Collaboration (TC) Program is a matching program that supports utility-specific/regional issues and provides an opportunity for subscribing utilities to partner with WRF on research projects that may be more specialized or regional in nature, but still have the potential for broader applicability.
This webcast will share everything you need to know to prepare to apply for the 2022 TC Program.
May 24-26, 2022, Georgetown, Washington, DC and Online
The SWAN 12th Annual Conference is a leading smart water event in the US and could be a great opportunity to network with progressive utilities, leading experts and thought leaders while exploring global innovative technologies.
The conference will have an online offering which might be attractive to Australian audiences.
13th IWA Specialist conference on Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies
3-6 July 2022, Melbourne
The 13th IWA Specialist Conference on Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies (WPAT22) will be held as a hybrid event, combining a face-to-face program in Melbourne, Australia (3-6 July 2022), with virtual sessions for those unable to attend in person
Explore novel approaches to better engineer wastewater pond treatment for improved public health outcomes
Build knowledge of underlying photosynthetic & non-photosynthetic microbial ecology
Discover opportunities for knowledge exchange & networking with a global delegation
Join an environment that inspires innovative thinking & generates collaboration