As well as training the next generation of biosolids managers, the centre will also play a key role in advancing fundamental and translational biosolids research.
Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball, said the research would provide new opportunities for a range of Australian industries.
“This centre will provide significant benefits to industry in terms of the economic value of new applications and market opportunities as well as delivering cost-savings – all in an environmentally-friendly manner,” he said.
“In Australia, 1.5 million tonnes of wet material are produced every year. This is a valuable resource that can contribute to a more successful circular economy.
“Our projects will investigate how we can best manage this valuable resource across the entire process, from treating biosolid waste, transportation, legislation and improved use as a resource that will benefit our agricultural and land management industries.”
Australian Research Council Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kylie Emery, welcomed the launch of the centre.
“This training centre will be vital in creating innovative products and knowledge for the biosolids industry, and it will be a place where researchers can participate in graduate level training in the essential Industrial Transformation Priority areas of food and agribusiness, and advanced manufacturing, right here in Australia.”
The centre’s leading industry partners range from water management authorities and sustainable energy companies to environmental protection agencies and agricultural industry members.
Partner universities include the Universities of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Imperial College London and the University of Arizona.
Story: Diana Robertson, Gosia Kaszubska