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Banyo Pilot Plant

The Banyo Pilot Plant is a general-purpose facility for large-scale or scaled-up research in traditional engineering (e.g. structural, mechanical or electrical), scientific applications, and testing and validation.


Research projects include the development of pilot equipment and processes for industry partners as well as long-term monitoring of industrial products.

The broad areas of research conducted at Banyo are:

  • mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • power and energy engineering, high-voltage testing and solar applications
  • applied superconductivity in maritime propulsion, power equipment and defence applications
  • water and wastewater engineering, including stormwater evaluation and desalination
  • environmental and ecological materials processing, including whole organism treatment
  • biofuels and biocommodity production
  • tropical and subtropical aquaculture
  • rock preparation and crushing, thin section preparation and core handling
  • plasma reactor development and Parr reactor operation
  • sugar research including biomass processing and instrument development.

Using the Banyo Pilot Plant

Researchers outside QUT

The Banyo Pilot Plant offers consultancy and commercial testing services to researchers and organisations on a fee-for-service basis. Contact the Banyo Pilot Plant Technical Coordinator to discuss your proposed project.

QUT staff and students

The Banyo Pilot Plant is available to QUT staff and research students to use to conduct their research. Your research project proposal must be approved, and you'll have to complete a safety induction.


The site consists of:

  • two warehouses of 1,500m2 and 1,000m2 with specialised labs, workshops and engineering infrastructure
  • office space of 500m2 with hot desks, a meeting room, a conference room and a technical library
  • uncovered hard stand area of 2,000m2.

The site is suited to large-scale, heavy engineering equipment and small to medium (up to 200m2 footprint) pilot equipment.


Structural testing
A scientific and industrial lab for heavy mechanical and structural testing, including high temperature and flame conditioning. It includes a 5t gantry crane and 2.5t forklift for heavy lifting, 100m2 of strong floor (up to 500kN), and a six-burner gas furnace that can deliver up to 1000°C.
Electrical testing
A power engineering lab for experimental and qualification testing of both high-voltage and low-voltage devices, and characterisation of superconducting materials.
Geological sample preparation and analysis
A geological lab for preparing and analysing samples, with equipment for rock cutting and crushing, core logging, thin sections and soil analysis.
A large aquarium for studying fresh-water organisms and the impact of controlled environmental factors.
Data acquisition
Labview data logging systems for collecting data and test reports.
Mechanical workshop
For construction, fitting and assembly work, with a lathe, milling machine, grinders, drill press, vice, hand tools and a large selection of nuts, bolts and different materials.
Electrical workshop
An assembly facility for small projects, including printed circuit board (PCB) design and construction.
Walk-in cold room; single and three phase power; compressed air; deionised water.


Banyo Pilot Plant

Frank De Bruyne
Technical Coordinator

  • Lot 7, Northlink Industrial Park
    457 Tufnell Rd
    Banyo QLD 4014