Jordan Phasey from Power and Water Corporation’s Remote Operations team is a world away from home this week. In fact, he’s in Washington D.C, presenting a paper at the White House as he’s been named one of the top 10 finalists in a global innovation challenge.
For the past three years, Mr Phasey has been investigating a method to recover the nutrients in municipal wastewater in a form suitable for reuse, under the supervision of Howard Fallowfield from Flinders University. He has now come up with a waste management plan that could produce reusable and marketable products from animal manure.
“We have made serious advances in developing an operational process simple enough for farmers to use, avoiding the sophisticated continuous operation treatment facilities which create complexity,” he said.
The technique he has developed is likely to be cost effective and will reduce the impact of animal manure disposal, which is typically spread over land, may make its way into groundwater and waterways and causes nutrient overloading.
Of the nearly-300 participants, Mr Phasey’s team finished in the top 10 of the first stage. His submission will also progress to second stage of the challenge, and possible commercialisation of the project.