Top science students learn about desalination

January 23, 2012

Courtesy of the Community Newspaper Group

Twenty-eight of Australia's top Year 12 science students have visited the new Desal Discovery Centre at Murdoch University’s Rockingham campus to learn about desalination.

The trip to the Desal Discovery Centre (DDC), part of the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), was an exciting bonus for the students, in WA to take part in the National Youth Science Forum.

DDC Manager Warren Hays said the students had the chance to dissect a desal membrane, see a new 3D movie exploring the role of desalination and the desalination process, and tour the Centre's Rockingham Desalination Research Facility.

“The science students saw an experimental solar desalination unit, learnt how a reverse osmosis membrane works, were exposed to desal processes such as pre-treatment and flow measurement and found out how industry tackles problems like membrane fouling and corrosion,” Mr Hays said.

NCEDA will hold a public Open Day on Saturday February 25 between 1pm and 5pm. Everyone is welcome to tour the facility and learn a little about desalination.

More than one third of Perth’s public drinking water supply now comes from desalination – by the end of this year expansion of WA’s second desal plant will see this figure rise to half of our total tapwater supply.

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