Successful Innovation Competition applicants will go on to develop solutions with Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water would like to congratulate the four successful shortlisted applicants to the Scope 1 Emissions Innovation Competition who will go onto the next stage, scoping out the solutions in more detail.

The aim of the competition was to seek diverse and innovative ideas for measuring or reducing scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions from Melbourne Water’s sewage treatment process.

The competition encouraged a creative approach on how sewage is treated and what changes would result in reduced scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions. It generated a worldwide interest and there were many very strong entries, across a range of interesting topic areas.

The four submissions that have been shortlisted are:

  • Cranfield University who have proposed an alternative treatment paradigm based on abiotic processes and anaerobic treatment which eliminate the production of scope 1 emissions.
  • HydroTerra who have proposed the deployment of a novel, integrated above and below surface gas monitoring system to quantify scope 1 emissions.
  • WSP, who have proposed eliminating scope 1 emissions from the drying pans and the sludge stockpiles utilising gasification.
  • Calibre who have proposed a thermal ammonia stripper with ammonia oxidizer that will eliminate most of the sludge digestion related scope 1 emissions.

General Manager Integrated Planning Chris Williams said the quality and diversity of the submissions were very impressive.  

“The entrants embraced the challenge of being as creative as possible in their solutions. We are excited to now move in to the detailed solution formulation stage with the four successful entrants, and to be one step closer to making real reductions in fugitive greenhouse emissions.”

The four successful shortlisted applicants will go onto the next stage which will require them to produce a detailed solution. The final winners after this stage will be invited to develop a scope of works in consultation with Melbourne Water.

The final winners will be announced in mid-2019.

For more information visit www.melbournewater.com.au/innovation-competition or email [email protected]