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Innovative zero-energy membrane technologies to reduce water consumption in the dairy industry [ 2009 - 2012 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0990532]

Researchers A/Prof MC Duke; Dr T Vasiljevic; Dr P Sanciolo; Dr E Ponnampalam

Brief description The Australian dairy industry not only plays a critical role in our way of life, but processed dairy products contribute to 12% or $3.27b to Australia's export revenue. It has learnt to adapt to changing market demands through innovative membrane technologies, but now energy and water are key issues. This project aims to reduce water consumption in dairy processing by treating waste streams using novel membrane processes including membrane distillation. The energy is supplied from low grade waste heat, offsetting the need to supply more power to the plant. Reducing the need for water in a zero-energy way will ensure the thriving dairy industry remains cost competitive and an integral part of Australia's culture and economy.

Funding Amount $78,420

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