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Harnessing Solar Energy to Attain Near Zero Carbon Emission Brine Treatment

Project Member(s): Blumenstein, M., Danasamy, G., Shon, H., Li, J., Vigneswaran, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Australia-India Strategic Research Fund)
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Australia-India Strategic Research Fund)

Start year: 2021

Summary: Both in Australia and India, wastewater (brine) such as seawater/brackish water, textile dye, tannery and mining industry brine are major problems and must be treated for releasing it to water bodies to minimize environmental harms. Through this project, we will develop a sustainable treatment system for brine harnessing solar energy with emphasis on near-zero carbon emissions and near-zero liquid discharge. Recovery of valuable resources will offset brine treatment cost. This project will bring new opportunities for business investment in applications of renewable energy technology. Capacity building and training for Australian and Indian researchers and water industry professionals are the other outcomes of this project.


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Khan, AUH, Liu, Y, Naidu, R, Fang, C, Dharmarajan, R & Shon, H 2021, 'Interactions between zinc oxide nanoparticles and hexabromocyclododecane in simulated waters', Environmental Technology & Innovation, vol. 24, pp. 102078-102078.
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FOR Codes: Environmental Technologies, Membrane and Separation Technologies, Nanomaterials, Urban and Industrial Water Management, Expanding Knowledge in Engineering, Separation┬┐┬┐technologies, Environmentally sustainable engineering , Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified