Just five years after construction and commissioning, and five years mothballed, there are signs our mega “white elephant” desalination plant could soon be obsolete.
A UK-based team of researchers from Manchester University has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater (Ref 1).
They report that this has the potential to revolutionise desalination, providing a much lower energy/lower cost process than reverse osmosis (ref 1& 2).
• (1) http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39482342
• (2) http://www.iflscience.com/technology/graphene-sieves-could-remove-salt-from-water-and-make-it-drinkable/
Aquasure proudly tell us the plant has a design life of 100 years, and we public are no doubt paying a premium for that, also for Aquasure to meet the contract condition to maintain it in full operating condition at contract expiry, when it reverts to government (our) ownership, but the plant is likely to be worthless, maybe even earlier, aka Hazelwood.
No wonder Minister Neville wants to run it now, needed or not, before the obsolescence curtain drops.
Stephen Cannon, WV Committee Member, on behalf of Watershed Victoria.