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RP2017: Energy Benchmarking for Efficient, Low-Carbon Water Recycling Operations

Project leader name: 
Dr Michael Short, UniSA
Project status: 
Project period: 
01/2015 to 01/2018

Recycled water systems must be further optimised to improve their energy and resource use efficiency, and to reduce the associated intensity of carbon emissions and operational costs. Using a range of full-scale Australian water recycling facilities as case studies, this project will employ a novel benchmarking approach to characterise current recycled water systems' performance and drive future optimisations.

Research outputs will directly contribute toward more energy-efficient, cost-effective and lower CO2 emissions recycled water supply in Australia and will deliver a new methodology to enable similar optimisations internationally.

Details of the next phase of this project are here.

Publications related to this project

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This study compared the log10 removal performance of commonly used pathogen surrogates (sulfite-reducing clostridiaspores...

Peer Reviewed Research Publications
This survey investigated the area of effect for wastewater treatment plants by using stratified random sampling techniques that radiated from the industrial areas.
Peer Reviewed Research Publications
In this study, the impacts of high-saline sewage on AGS development, performance and ecology were investigated using molecular microbiology methods.
Peer Reviewed Research Publications

In this study the authors compared the performance of a split anaerobic-aerobic (An-Aer) feed with that of a traditional dedicated anaerobic feed regarding AGS formation and stability, nitrogen removal performance and microbial ecology.

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This paper reports on the findings of a 12-month study, undertaken at SA Water and supported by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and UniSA, which set out to explore and develop a new approach to energy benchmark and optimise water recycling systems - so-called 'energy-health'...

CRCLCL Project Reports

The objective of this research project is to provide the water industry with new and improved information to facilitate more energy-efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-benign wastewater treatment operations into the future.

Impact of water demand on energy consumption during wastewater reuse - paper from Proceedings of Aachen Conference on Water Technology.

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This review provides a critical assessment of the production process routes of a wide range of value-added products from waste activated sludge (WAS).

Fact sheet

Wastewater treatment plays an essential role in safeguarding public and environmental health within the built environment. However, wastewater treatment operations are among the most energy intensive activities carried out in our cities, with high levels of associated greenhouse gas (GHG)...

CRCLCL Project Posters
CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Benjamin Thwaites Aerobic granular sludge for energy efficient wastewater treatment and reuse
CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Ilda Clos Energy benchmarking for efficient, low-carbon water recycling operations
CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014

Students related to this project