Reducing cost is a good thing. Simple.

Uptake of energy efficiency and clean technology has been slow moving in Australia for many reasons; the fact is, businesses must reduce costs and become more sustainable. Electricity costs have doubled in the last 5 years, gas is subject to international markets and coal is yesterday’s energy source. 

Almost every project is an energy project. Through better technology, leadership, good advice and a well-defined business case, multiple benefits can be achieved such as reduced maintenance, reduced labour, increased productivity, less down time and extended asset life. Reducing energy usage is a great way to drive out cost and change culture.

Build resilience to rising energy costs through removal of energy waste. Learn how others have achieved this with our project case studies. 

 

"Improving the energy efficiency of industrial processes and equipment across Australia can deliver $23.9 million tonnes of emissions savings every year, while saving businesses $1.7 billion"


Climateworks | Source, Climateworks website, sectors, energy efficiency

"We need to get beyond the idea that energy efficiency means changing light bulbs, in fact, just about every product and process can be streamlined to reduce energy waste,"

John Connor, Chief Executive, Climate Institute | Source, ABC News, business editor Peter Ryan 
 

Recent ProjectsOur Smart Energy projects

Financial incentives for chiller upgrade Art Gallery of New South Wales

Key outcomes
Energy Conservation’s Measurement and Verification (M&V) and certificate creation services enabled the Art Gallery of New South Wales to achieve:  

  • Funding of over $100,000 through the creation of more than 12,000 Energy Savings Certificates under NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS).  
  • Accurate determination of annual savings of 1,200 Megawatt-hoursrepresenting 15% of Gallery consumptionThis equates to annual savings of $140,000 in energy costs and over 1200 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions

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Evo Energy Turns Heat Green at WhiteWater World

Key Outcomes

  • Reduction in running costs by over 70% 

  • Reduction in carbon emissions by over 35%

Evo Energy installed the largest heat pump system in Australia, with a cutting-edge system upgrade at the popular tourist theme park, WhiteWater World, delivered unparalleled energy efficiencies and helped reduce carbon emissions.

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Evo Energy Helps Rivalea to Reduce Environmental Footprint with Custom-Built Biogas Generator

Key Outcomes

  • Generates around 25% of the site’s power per year
  • Offsets over 28,000 per annum tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from grid
  • Methane emissions avoided
  • Energy efficiency of up to 90%

Rivalea, one of Australia’s leading agri-food companies, partnered with Evo Energy minimise their environmental footprint and reduce energy consumption, with the installation of a custom-built biogas generator. 

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Cogeneration Heating Aquatic Centre

Key Outcomes
  • $111,000 per year in energy costs
  • 1,224 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions per year (or the equivalent annual emissions of over 300 cars).
​​Project Summary

The Cardinia Life health and recreational facility was responsible for a largest portion of greenhouse gas emissions in the the Cardinia district (Victoria). Evo Energy Technologies provided a solution which included an update to the facilties while maximumising energy efficiency and achieving cost savings.

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Who can accurately measure flow without cutting the pipe? Flowservices can

Key Outcomes 

  • Much higher accuracy and repeatability achieved with non-intrusive clamp-on technology compared to the previously installed open channel meter
  • 3 to 4 times more cost effective than in line flow meter options
  • Maintenance-free with no moving parts or water contact
  • Better measurement performance than the other clamp-on flow meters tested by the customer
  • Ability to offer 80m sensor cable without need of a junction box
  • Great local service and support through Flowservices (FLEXIM distributor)

Business Problem 

MidCoast Water wanted to improve the flow monitoring of water that was pumped from their Bootawa dam to the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant. They engaged Floservices to design a cost-efficient solution in the form of clamp-on ultrasound flow measurement.

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Meat Production Turning Waste Into Biogas

Key Outcomes

  • Total project value: €3 million
  • ​Implementation of biogas plant where no source of existing anaerobic bacteria was available
  • Full operating load being digested into biogas plant
  • Significant reduction in greenhouse gas, odour emissions and solid waste disposal
  • 70% reduction in bunker oil consumption and market exposure
The Project

Finn Biogas worked with their client to build an on-site biogas plant converting manure, rumen content, fatty waste and blood into biogas which is now used to fire an on-site boiler for rendering operations. 

 

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Ingham reaps benefits of energy management focus

Key Outcomes 

  • 6% energy savings in 12 months
  • reduced maintenance and labour costs

In just under 12 months, Ingham’s management and operations staff, with guidance from Energetics, collaborated to achieve energy consumption savings across the business of 6% - a significant accomplishment for an energy management program’s first year. 

When compared with resource management programs for similar sized organisations, which typically build up 10% to 15% savings over five to eight years, the result places this iconic poultry producer as a top performer.  

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Super Efficient Aquatic Centre

Key Outcomes

  • 25% energy and carbon reduction
  • $356k energy efficiency funding
  • Cash flow positive with an ROI in excess of 7%

Problem Summary
The City of Fremantle has ambitious carbon reduction goals of all buildings and structures within its operational control to be net zero carbon by 2020; powered and heated by a combination of on and off site renewable energy. As a major facility in the cities portfolio, an upgrade to the Fremantle Leisure Centre pool heating system provided an opportunity to reduce energy consumption, cost and carbon emissions. The City worked with EVO Energy Technology to achieve their goals and more.

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Solar Glass - The Future Of Building Materials

Key outcomes 

  • Project value $70k
  • Generates up to 4.32 kW of clean energy
  • Reduces grid energy and provides certainty around peak demand reduction
Problem Summary 
Scotch College is an independent Presbyterian day and boarding school for boys, located in Hawthorn, an inner-eastern suburb of Melbourne. The College raised $40m to build a new Sciences facility aimed to equip students with leading edge skills and knowledge in a variety of learning spaces. During design, the architects (Cox Architects) were on the lookout for opportunities to improve building performance using innovative building materials. A particularly challenging area was the teaching space on the roof which needed to provide both shelter and natural light.

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On-site energy system saving $1M per year

Key outcomes

  • Cost saving of $1 million per annum
  • Received a $2 million Federal Government Grant
  • Project value $6.5M + $1.5M
  • Recipient of multiple awards

From feasibility to operation, ETS orchestrated the completion of one of the largest on-site energy systems of its kind at the iconic Bulla Dairy Foods Frozen Goods facility in Colac, Victoria.

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Converting heat waste into energy used for mine cooling

Key outcomes

  • Cost savings of $2.7 million per annum
  • Total project value $5.5 million
  • 18 month payback period
  • Saves 5000 tonnes of CO2 per annum

The ST Barbara mine in Leonora, Western Australia, had multiple gas generators which were producing heat waste. ETS were engaged to design and install an exhaust system which captures that waste heat and turns it into 5.6MW of additional capacity. The mine uses this additional capacity for its underground cooling system which means that traditional and much more expensive methods of expanding the cooling capacity were no longer required.

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Collins Square's Trigeneration Energy System by Optimal Group

Key Outcomes

  • 5 star NABERS efficiency rating

  • Best practice commercial green building design

  • $2 billion project, largest of its kind in Australia.

  • Use of Capstone Microturbine technology

When the Walker Corporation started planning the new Collins Square development they decided it should lead the way in best practice commercial building green design and efficiency.
 
The Optimal Group helped them achieve this, along with exceeding the 5 star NABERS rating. The cornerstone of this plan was a modern embedded trigeneration system where each of the 5 towers making up Collins Square could generate part of its own electrical demand using natural gas. 

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