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

GEM and Solar Manufacturing Business: Austchilli, Bundaberg

Key outcomes

  • 30% load reduction
  • Payback of 4-5 years (ahead of our predictions)
  • Cash-flow positive from the first quarter

Privately owned Austchilli is a leader in the food manufacturing industry, and the largest chilli company in Australia. Founded in 1995 and based in Bundaberg in regional Queensland, the vertically integrated farming agribusiness uses sustainable farming practices with products supplied to multi-national companies and the Australian market.

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GEM and Hybrid Solar Schools: Bundaberg Christian College

Key outcomes

  • Savings of AUD$100,000 per on electricity
  • Reduced power usage by up to 80%
  • Payback period of seven years
  • Cash flow postitive from the first quarter
  • Over 400% return on investment before batteries need replacing
  • Savings over the life of the system around AUD$2,500,000
  • Generation of about AUD$20,000 in Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) per year

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Immediate Improvement to Southern Colour’s Energy Efficiency with an SCE Voltage Stabilisation Unit

Key Outcomes

  • Energy reduction in kWh & kVa of more than 17%
  • Cost savings of more than 17%
  • Production at increased levels
  • Voltage reduced immediately from 253 Volts to 225 Volts

SCE worked with Southern Colour for several months to establish where they were using and wasting their energy in order to present them with the best possible energy reduction proposal. 

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Wine Industry Game Changer - Voltage Stabilisation Reducing Energy Costs and Equipment Repairs Significantly at Alkoomi Wines

Key Outcomes

  • The supply of quality, pollution free voltage to the site
  • Energy reductions by more than 10%
  • Greatly improved site equipment performance with zero electromechanical stoppings

With continual equipment problems and interruptions to supply, the management at Alkoomi Wines investigated the root causes of the problems that they were experiencing on a daily basis with the supply of power to their southern Western Australian wine producing site.

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ETS Installs SHARC Waste Water Heat Recovery for World's Largest Wool Tester

Key outcomes

  • $775k savings over 20 years
  • 37% reduction in gas consumption
  • 4.5 year 'simple' payback 

ETS provided AWTA with the patented SHARC heat recovery system, which captures waste heat that would otherwise be lost to sewerage each day. This heat recovery has resulted in a 37% saving in gas heating costs for AWTA, which will equate to an enormous $775k over 20 years. 

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pitt&sherry Saves LaserBond Facility 125,000 kWh with Lighting Upgrade

Key Outcomes

  • 125,209 kWh per annum in energy savings
  • 1,500 energy savings certificates (ESCs)
  • ROI of 2.4 years
  • 120 tonnes of CO2 emmissions offset per annum

pitt&sherry (incorporating KMH Environmental) was commissioned to undertake an assessment of the energy savings opportunities at LaserBond’s Smeaton Grange facilities. The initial assessment focused on opportunities within their buildings services, where their factory lighting was an obvious choice.

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pitt&sherry and Apple and Pear Taking a Bite Out of Energy Costs

Potential Outcomes

  • 200,000 MWh per year reduction in energy usage
  • Offset 225,000 tonnes CO2-e per year
  • $25.5 million in savings for the industry per annum

pitt&sherry (incorporating KMH Environtmental) has partnered with Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) to successfully win an Energy Efficiency Information Grant (EEIG) project under the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

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Carnes Hill Shopping Centre Saves Over 10% on Energy Thanks to Nanosure Protective Coating

Key Outcomes

  • R22 Unit life extended by 5 – 7 years
  • 11.8% energy savings
  • ROI is less than 15 months

Through measurement and verification, it was discovered that energy savings achieved thanks to the Nanosure protection exceeded expectations.    

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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, delivering unparalleled energy efficiencies and helping to 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 to minimise their environmental footprint and reduce energy consumption, with the installation of a custom-built biogas generator. 

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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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Solar Installation Offsets 130 tonnes of Carbon for AB Mauri Cereform

Key Outcomes

  • Offset 137.8 tonnes of CO2 

  • Savings of $19,558

  • Funding of $169,000 

Energy and Carbon Solutions together with energy partner Autonomous Energy, helped AB Mauri Cereform, a leading international supplier of bakery ingredients, to achieve efficicent energy generation with a 100kW solar power system.

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Air Compression Upgrades for GWF Speedibake Saves $55k

Key Outcomes

  • Offset 399 tonnes of CO2 per annum

  • Savings of $55,668 plus GST

  • Reduced energy consumption of 51.9%

Energy and Carbon Solutions helped one of Australia’s leading food manufacturers, George Weston Foods, update their inefficient air compressors which mitigated risk to food production, lowered costs and reduced their environmental impact.

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ETS Upgrades CQ CitiClub Hotel’s Energy Efficiency with Tailored CHP Solution

Key outcomes

  • Savings in excess of $100,000 per year in lighting, power and heating
  • 27% reduction in carbon emissions 

Developing and installing environmentally-friendly systems such as combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat recovery, waste-to-energy and renewables technology, ETS tailors innovative solutions to help clients meet their emissions reduction objectives.

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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 city's 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.

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