In Perth, in Western Australia, potable water supplies have been significantly impacted by a combination of climate change and increasing population. When the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, located south of Perth, was designed and built in 2005, it was the first of its kind in Australia and the largest seawater desalination plant that had ever been built in the southern hemisphere.
Since 2006, the plant has been delivering reliable and high-quality drinking water, which accounts for about 17% of Perth’s water supply. Inside the plant, around 18,000 DuPont™ FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis elements play a vital role in securing long-term water supply for local residents. The plant operates at a recovery rate of 45% for the first pass seawater and 90% for the second pass brackish water. The well-maintained reverse osmosis membranes have been operating for over a decade without replacement, with consistently excellent operating performance, reliability, and durability.
The nearby Southern Seawater Desalination Plant also uses FILMTEC™ Elements in a two-pass reverse osmosis system for seawater and brackish water, producing 50 billion liters of drinking water each year. Elsewhere in Australia, The Sydney Desalination Plant also uses FILMTEC™ Elements to provide up to 15% of Sydney’s clean water supply.
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.