Murdoch University dedicated a 1660 m2 two-storey building, located on its Rockingham campus, to house laboratories, offices, and pilot plant facilities for the Centre’s researchers and industry partners.

Rockingham Desalination Research Facility

The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia boasted a world-class desalination pilot-scale testing facility that allowed researchers and industry to performance test novel and improved desalination technologies and processes at pilot scale and allowed industry to validate commercial products, integrate currently deployed technology and evaluate potential technology options. It was flexible, modular in design for testing multiple novel technologies, and was highly instrumented for researcher efficiency, scalability and reliability of results.

Through the resources and capabilities built in the pilot-scale testing and research facility, the NCEDA provided commercial testing and research services to water utilities, the desalination industry, government, engineering consultants and industrial desalination users. Unique pilot scale research facilities, 15 adjacent laboratories and offices were available to industry for product development and testing.

Download the NCEDA Rockingham Desalination Research Facility brochure (0.6 MB PDF)

Tour and see inside the Pilot Scale Testing Facility (4mins)

Partner capabilities accessible through the Centre

A consortium of national Participating Organisations (POs) brought diverse capabilities and resources to the Centre. Wide collaboration within and across research activities promoted national capacity and capabilities in desalination and supporting technologies.

Health and safety

The Centre was part of Murdoch University’s Occupational Health and Safety system.

Facility sponsors

The Centre gratefully acknowledges supporters who gave materials, services, and cash to complete the research facility. The total value of donations was more than $500,000 from the firms listed below.


concessional rate on initial design


control system

Endress and Hauser:

process instrumentation

Georg Fischer:

pipework and valves


process pumps

Thermo Fisher Scientific:

laboratory instruments

Water Corporation:

contribution to video for

Desal Discovery Centre

Waternish Constructions and

SAGE Automation:

RO system


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