Multi-effect distillation technology creating fresh water solutions.

Boosting fresh water yields by one third and reducing carbon dioxide emissions are the exciting results of experimental research using multi-effect distillation technology.

The technology uses low-grade process heat from refineries, mine-site operations or geothermal bores to distil mineralised water or sea water.

“This technology allows water-consuming process plants to be more self-reliant and sustainable”
says Winthrop Professor Hui Tong Chua.

The technology could support rural and remote areas by supplying water for both communities and mine-site operations, and deliver environmental benefits and improved project economics.

The research is a collaborative venture between industry, the WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence and the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination.