ARC Linkage Grant: Combining recycled water use, biofuel production and phytoremediation of contaminated land and biosolids
Researchers: Prof Alan Baker (Botany); Dr Stefan Arndt (Forest and Ecosystem Science); Mr JD Gregory
Primary Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines: 2911-Environmental Engineering
APA(I) Award(s): 1
Melbourne Water Corporation
Project Summary: The storage of biosolids, by-products of sewage treatment, is an environmentally unsustainable practice
exacerbated by the presence of inorganic and organic contaminants. Phytoremediation is a plant-based technology which is potentially a cost-effective option for progressive long-term and sustainable clean-up of contaminated soils and sediments. Combining metal extraction by plants with reuse of wastewater and the production of a biofuel will provide multiple benefits of a cleaner environment, water conservation, waste reduction, carbon capture and a reduction in fossil fuel use. Development of such a low-cost combined bioenergy/remediation system will be of considerable local/regional benefit and national significance.