Insights from South East Water’s Journey with Next Generation Pyrolysis Technology

October 5, 2022

Webinar on demand

The panel from RMIT, South East Water and Circular Australia explore new technology that offers a more climate friendly approach to biosolids management.


The disposal of biosolids is a challenge for water authorities globally. Estimates suggest annual global biosolids reach 100 million tonnes. Volumes are expected to rise to 175 million tonnes by 2050. Currently around 30 per cent of the world’s biosolids resource is stockpiled or sent to landfill, creating an environmental challenge. Energy efficient biochar production presents the industry with an opportunity to advance the wastewater circular economy, provide a high value resource to other industries and reduce the dependence upon landfill and land spreading. Water authorities can leverage highly efficient pyrolysis technology to reduce the risk of environmental contaminants from land spreading, in an environment of increasing regulatory attention on biosolids management.

RMIT has worked with South East Water and partners over the last five years to develop a more efficient pyrolysis approach with low energy requirements. PYROCO offers water authorities a carbon positive approach for managing biosolid waste. Join our panel of experts from South East Water, RMIT and Iota to learn about innovative new technology developed in Australia converting biosolid waste into a highly valuable commercial biochar, with potential applications across a variety of industries.


(Host) Anna Minns – Circular Economy Advisor at Circular Australia

Dr Aravind Surapaneni – Senior Research Scientist at South East Water

David Bergmann – Research & Development Manager at South East Water

Kalpit Shah – Deputy Director (Academic) at ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource

Eamon Casey – Technical Director at Iota


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