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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. The site includes:

  • 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.


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.


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.

Accessing services and equipment

The Banyo Pilot Plant provides services to QUT staff and students, external researchers and commercial organisations, ranging from basic technical support to commercial research. Specialist staff are available to carry out analyses, or we can train you to use the instruments to do your own work.
Please note: Standard hours of operation at Banyo are 8:00-16:00 Monday to Thursday. The Plant is closed each Friday for regular maintenance and servicing. Anyone visiting Banyo must sign in at Reception upon arrival.

Clients from 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 Manager to discuss your needs.

QUT staff and students

If you’re a QUT staff member or student who wants to undertake research activities at Banyo, please follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Prepare your project proposal
    Please fill out the Banyo Project Scope Form [Docx file, 63KB ] with as much information as you have about your project. You’ll also need to read and sign the Banyo User Agreement [PDF file, 592KB], and then send both forms to Please note, your Supervisor will need to co-sign both of these forms with you.
  • Step 2: Meet the Banyo team
    After you’ve provided your project proposal, the Banyo team will get in contact to arrange a meeting with you. This will be an opportunity for you, your Supervisor, and the Banyo staff to discuss your project requirements in more detail, confirm the work that you will do at Banyo, and clarify the support you need from the Banyo team.
  • Step 3: Complete online safety training
    Once you, your Supervisor, and the Banyo team have agreed on your project details, you must complete the online Banyo Safety Induction:
  1. Follow this link to the IFE Research Infrastructure Community on Blackboard or search for ‘IFE Research Infrastructure’ in Blackboard
  2. You will need to log-in with your QUT credentials.
  3. Click "Enrol" on the left of screen, and follow the prompts to enrol.
  4. Once you are enrolled, click on the ‘Resources’ link in the left-side menu.
  5. Select the ‘Banyo Orientation’ folder, and then download the Powerpoint or PDF file to view the training materials.
  6. Once you have completed the training materials, click the ‘Mark Reviewed’ button.
  7. You must then complete the multiple-choice quiz. If you score 80% (or higher) you will receive your completion certificate.
  8. After completing Banyo Quiz, you will receive your Certificate of Completion. The Certificate is valid for two years. Please save the Certificate in pdf format as CER_yyyymmdd_FirstnameLastname.pdf and forward a copy to Banyo PPP:
  • Step 4: Onsite orientation
    After you’ve successfully completed the online safety induction, you can contact the Banyo team to arrange a time to have your onsite orientation, and to commence work at Banyo.
  • Deliveries to Banyo Pilot Plant

    Approval is required to have goods delivered to Banyo Pilot Plant.  Please complete the Notice of Delivery form [Docx file, 668KB] and email it to the Banyo Technical Manager prior to arranging delivery.

    You must ensure the address label on the goods contains the name of the recipient.

    Please note that delivery of pallets and/or chemicals can only occur 8am – 3pm Mon-Thurs. Truck size limit is total length of 8m.

    Delivery Address:

    QUT Banyo Pilot Plant
    att. name of recipient
    lot 7/457 Tufnell Road
    Banyo, QLD 4014
    Ph. 07 3138 1902


    Banyo Pilot Plant

    Frank De Bruyne
    Technical Coordinator

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