GREEN GIGS: Got an innovative idea for improving the energy efficiency of the airconditioning, refrigeration and heating sector and looking for some extra funding to make it happen?
A new initiative launched by AIRAH, CSIRO, ARENA and a coalition of universities including Queensland University of Technology, University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong, might be just the enterprise injection you need.
The three-year $18 million Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) is looking to support projects in the areas of healthcare, education and data centres that can deliver substantial energy savings and corresponding emissions reductions.
At the moment, HVAC&R is estimated to be responsible for 22 per cent of the entire nation’s energy use. The idea is that demand response can help the transition to more renewable energy in the grid through shifting HVAC&R loads in a way that increases the value and improves the economics of on-site renewables.
The project is also expected to deliver insights and innovations that can assist planning of the National Electricity Market so it can leverage untapped flexible load capacity from HVAC&R.
The i-Hub will establish Living Laboratory facilities; a Data Clearing House digital platform; and an integrated Design Process that has renewable energy and building efficiency at its core. Industry participants that have suitable demonstration projects are invited to apply for co-funding under one of those three activity streams.
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Help shape Central Station Precinct in Sydney
Transport for NSW is seeking Expressions of Interest for an environmental sustainability advisor to work with the Central Precinct Renewal Program team, Architecture and Urban Design Team, Engineering & Technical Advisory Team and other service providers.
The advisor will provide sustainability advice to support the progress of the Central Station precinct renewal.
The 24-hectare government-owned site is being masterplanned to incorporate a transport interchange, retail, commercial space for technology and innovation businesses, public open space and connectivity to business, education, health and cultural institutions.
The tender for the advisory services closes at 2pm December 12, 2019.
Major WA eco-project to put on your radar
Keep an eye out for a flurry of upcoming opportunities in Perth, with the $500-plus million Australian Biome Project in Western Australia drawing closer to formal development application processes.
The major eco-tourism and Indigenous culture showcase concept is set to be constructed at Perth Airport following last month’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Biome Project proponents and the airport for the use of 15 hectares of land.
The vision for the project includes three linked geodesic domes showcasing the state’s major ecosystem types. Aboriginal culture, Indigenous ecological knowledge, history and economic development opportunities are fundamental elements and the whole masterplan is being developed to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.