11 December 2012 — Simons Green Energy has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 230 kiloWatt electrical natural gas-fired trigeneration plant at Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria.

The plant will form part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Design Centre at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus which is under construction. The 10-level building will be about 17,000 square meters and is due for completion in December 2013.

The trigeneration system is the first of its kind to be installed at the university and will offer significant energy savings. It will provide a large portion of the university’s electricity demand and will use the waste heat generated to provide space heating and cooling.

The engineering team from Simons Green Energy, which celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, is working with mechanical contractor Allstaff Airconditioning and global consultant engineers Sinclair Knight Merz. The state-of-the-art trigeneration system will be launched on June 2013

University major projects associate director Vince Persi said it was important both students and the maintenance team were exposed “to these new technologies so that they can learn about them and implement them in future projects”.

“One of our major milestones is to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating with the Green Building Council of Australia and trigeneration is a major factor in achieving this rating.”

Simons Green Energy chief executive officer Derek Simons said the trigeneration system was technologically advanced with about 85 per cent conversion efficiency – compared with 30 per cent efficiency for conventional grid-supplied electricity.