Resource recovery technology wins innovation award


A research project at the University of Queensland to revolutionise the treatment of wastewater has been awarded the Australian Water Association’s National Research Innovation Award.

The research, led by Professor Damien Batstone and Dr Tim Huelsen, aims to develop world-first technology for a next-generation resource recovery process which would replace existing wastewater treatment technology in the not so distant future.

The project is in collaboration with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and focuses on purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB).

Dr Tim Huelsen, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre, said the technology had the potential to recover vital fertiliser compounds and bioplastics and provide a sustainable animal feed source.

“Our efforts are directed towards real world applications to shape the future of resource recovery,” he said.