Novel desalting can exploit the unique properties of water and saline solutions. The Centre was particularly interested in identifying and piloting novel technologies for Australia’s rural and remote needs, against a benchmark of brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO).
These were the primary research areas:
- Novel technologies including those for direct agricultural and industrial use;
- Low-maintenance, reliable evaporative technologies using waste heat or renewable energy;
- Coupling water production with renewable energy; and
- Piloting breakthrough near-commercial desalination technologies in real-world situations.
Across the five Priority Research Themes, investment in novel desalting research represented 18% of the Centre’s total research investment, with 21 of the 50 projects addressing one or more of these primary areas.
Please see the Programs and Projects for details on individual projects.