WSAA’s Research and Innovation Newsletter – November 2022
24 November 2022
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Research Newsletter – November 2022
Welcome to our November 2022 research and innovation newsletter.
The most interesting item in this newsletter is the one you spend the most time reading. I can tell you now that it will probably be the one about the new shoes that can make you walk as fast as you can run. See if I’m wrong!
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 December 2022.
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Industry Innovation and Resilience
Researchers Hit their Creative Peak Early in their Careers
Researchers at the Ohio State University have shown that as researchers careers progress, they become less innovative.
The main driver behind this seems to be that early in their careers, researchers show a wide range of innovativeness – but over time, there is a selective attrition of the people who are less innovative.
The research is more nuanced than it sounds and was conducted using 5.6 million biomedical science articles published over a 30-year period.
Everything you could ever need to know about Green Bonds!
Investor demand for thematic bonds has grown across the globe as a result of the pandemic. Bonds are debt that investors can buy and sell. They’re usually issued for large sums of money where it might otherwise be difficult to find a single investor.
This is really interesting. The green bonds represent a promise to invest in green outcomes and are highly attractive to companies that are keen to show their green credentials.
New Sorbent for Removing Antibiotics from Wastewater
Researchers from Russia have created a reusable and environmentally friendly sorbent for cleaning antibiotics from wastewater.
The proposed sorbent, a filter or a suspension of boron nitride nanoparticles, has a number of advantages compared to already known analogs: low production costs, simple design and ease of operation in treatment facilities.
New Flow Technology Advances Water Harvesting Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas, is working on technology to make it possible for anyone to have an affordable, portable device that could access water anywhere, anytime conceivably using no external energy.
The technology solves a key problem in water harvesting: Collected water droplets form a thermal barrier that prevents further condensation, so they need to be removed from the surface as rapidly as possible to make room for more harvesting.
Study Suggests La Niña Winters Could Keep on Coming
Forecasters are predicting that the northern hemisphere will have the third winter in a row where the Pacific Ocean has been in a La Niña cycle, something that’s happened only twice before in records going back to 1950.
New research led by the University of Washington suggests that climate change is, in the short term, favouring La Niñas.
It seems complex, and it’s full of exceptions and caveats, but this is as exciting as modern climate forecasting gets!
New Research Reveals Wastewater Treatment Plants Can ‘Get Sick’
Research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden reveals that just like humans, wastewater treatment plants can get sick, due to viral attacks.
Researchers found that the more viruses in effluent water, the more dissolved organic carbon and the more oxygen is consumed by microorganisms in the surrounding bodies of water where effluent is discharged.
Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) – A New Approach to Carbon Sequestration
Wei-Jun Cai from the University of Delaware has suggested a new approach to sequestering carbon, by applying alkaline materials to sewage discharged from wastewater treatment plants to help sequester CO2 and stop it from reaching the atmosphere.
Previous suggestions have been made that we could add alkaline materials directly to sea water, but the unintended consequences are unknown, and it seems very risky.
It seems like a radical idea – but very interesting!
Satellite Technology a Game Changer for Water Asset Management
The team at Veolia have developed SkyCam satellite image analysis technology to help monitor and prevent blockages in underground sewer networks.
The SkyCam application for tree root inundation detection analyses tree growth around underground sewer networks – when trees begin to grow or show signs of additional nutrients, the algorithm detects a potential blockage or break in the network.
Leader Interview: Gilbert Trejo On El Paso’s Direct Potable Reuse Project
El Paso Water in Texas is leading with the way with a direct to distribution, also known as direct potable reuse project. In this video Gilbert Trejo explains why water reuse should be developed out of diversification, not desperation.
Gilbert says that El Paso had no other options. The secret to bringing the community along was that they had engaged with the community over many years until it just made sense.
This Colossal Solar Mountain Can Power Nearly Any Location on Earth
A company called NUDES has designed a revolutionary concept for providing power for the ‘Design the Future of Fly Ranch’s competition.
Fly Ranch is a demonstration project operated by the Land Art Generator Initiative and the Burning Man project. The aim here is to design and test new technology that will create the foundational infrastructure of Fly Ranch.
If you don’t know what Burning Man is, you should. Click here and be amazed by the authenticity of the project, or just type burning man into Google and be more amazed by the ideas and imagery.
The Solar Mountain concept is part energy infrastructure and part community centre.
Moonwalkers are the first-ever enhanced mobility device that enables you to walk at the speed of a run. The makers claim that they are fast, safe, and nimble, allowing you to navigate busy footpaths easily.
If you’d like to get to your destination in less than half the time with a 250% increase in your walking speed while manoeuvring through crowds comfortably, then Moonwalkers are for you.
Your opportunity to hear from water industry professionals and academics from across Australia to discuss the next game-changing research.
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This two-day conference will feature keynote and invited speakers, scientific and technical presentations, case studies, workshops and panel sessions to support our industry in ensuring public health and safeguarding the sustainability of our water resources.