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Waterless Condensers

The School of Physical Sciences is helping to drastically reduce water consumption in chemistry teaching labs.

The process of 'refluxing' in University of Adelaide chemistry laboratories, expels more than 250,000 litres of clean water down the drain every year, which is equivalent to two large backyard swimming pools.

In 2017, Gina Farase from the School of Physical Sciences applied for a Green Project Fund to install 60 innovative waterless condensers to replace the old, inefficient models. The new condensers reduce the volume of waste water to zero and demonstrate best practice laboratory methods to our undergraduate students.

Old models (still in good working order) were donated to local high schools.

Read more about how to reduce water on campus.

Waterless condenser in the lab
Waterless Condenser in the lab
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