GWW, WIN and SEW representatives accept AWA award

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Award-winning biochar project helping to build a sustainable future

04 Apr 2022

Greater Western Water (GWW), South East Water and Intelligent Water Networks have been recognised for their work in sustainability and innovation at the Australian Water Awards (AWA) Victorian Water Awards 2022. 

The partners took home the Research & Development Excellence Award for their collaborative work on the Biosolids to Biochar project

The winning project utilises Pyroco, an Australian-first technology developed by RMIT. The new technology uses high temperatures to destroy pathogens and microplastics from biosolids, converting it into a high-value product called biochar. 

Biochar is mainly used in the farming and agricultural industry where it can be used to improve soil health and increase crop yields.  

The biosolids to biochar project also offers a range of other benefits, including creating gas for energy, decreasing carbon emissions and reducing waste to landfill.   

Alongside the solar array and the waste to energy facility at the Melton Recycled Water Plant, the winning project is another way that GWW is using innovative solutions to work towards a sustainable future. 

As winners of the State prize, GWW and partners have qualified for the National Awards which will be announced later in the year.