Boosting Business Energy Productivity (via digitalisation, electrification and value chain optimisation)
This Opportunity Assessment project will investigate the potential opportunities to transform energy productivity (EP) through innovative technology and business models in priority value chains.
This project will define opportunities for transformative change in EP, customer satisfaction and profitability across the economy. This will lead to major energy and emissions savings, which have been estimated at >$250M per year in energy savings and >$100M/year in non-energy savings.
A2EP, Climate-KIC, Sydney Water, Simble, Glaciem, Rocky Mountain Institute, RMIT, UniSA, Curtin, QUT, UTS
FIAL, MLA, AMPC, Dairy Australia, Queensland Farmers Federation, Glaciem, Sydney Water, Veolia, Bluescope, Property Council, Movement, Simble, VISY, NSW Dept. of Education
The primary focus of this Opportunity Assessment is to review and analyse new and existing technologies to decarbonise process heating needs for low temperature (below 150°C) heat, categorised by industry and process. The project will review options and opportunities for displacing fossil-fuels in the production of low temperature process heat through electrification and/or alternative renewable technologies.
If this project is successful, it is expected to lead to widespread update of process heating alternatives. For instance, displacing current technology for existing processes between 100-150°C (accounting for ~20PJ/year) with heat pumps could cut business energy bills by at least $24 million/year.
A2EP, Glaciem, AMPC, Climate-KIC, Alfa Laval, UniSA, UTS, QUT, RMIT
AGL, Lafa Laval, AMPC, ARENA, Beyond Zero Emissions, Bright Brewery, Climate-KIC, Energetics, Energy AE, Greenlands Systems Solar, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioners, Northmore Gordon, RayGen, Rocky Mountain Institute, Saputo, Simble, Sustainability Victoria, Sydney Water, Uni of Waikato, Veolia, Visy, Glaciem
This Opportunity Assessment project will identify sources of flexible demand in Australia and evaluate the opportunity to unlock demand side participation benefits in wholesale, retail and network components of the electricity system. The assessment will identify barriers to adoption and research opportunities that could deliver solutions for encouraging greater participation from energy-users.
If projects prioritised under this opportunity assessments are successful, substantial energy and emissons savings are expected. For instance, if flexible demand is unlocked in constrained areas of a network, savings of 15% of the demand charges is likely to possible. The total potential business benefit is expected to be $360M/year. RACE for 2030 could feasibly unlock this for 20% of business sites through its projects under the B4 research theme.
CSIRO, EEC, A2EP, Ausgrid, Enzen, Flow Power, FOHAT, GreenSync, DPIE, Powerlink, Sydney Water, DELWP (VIC), NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, Australian Food Systems, AGL, RMIT, Monash, QUT, UTS
GreenSync, Powerlink, Ausgrid, Flowpower, Fohat, DELWP, Sydney Water, Enzen, QUT, Monash, Dept. of Environment, AGL, RMIT, A2EP, UTS, EEC, CSIRO
Heating Ventilation Air-conditioning Cooling and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) uses over 22% of Australia’s electricity, and is a key contributor to peak electricity demand. Using thermal energy storage to improve flexibility of HVAC-R can help reduce the network peak. However, existing thermal energy storage systems involve complex processes that add to the system costs and limit suitable industrial applications. This project seeks to remove a step in the process to make this technology economic for more businesses.
This project will help increase the network hosting capacity for renewable energy and reduce electricity costs for all customers.
Glaciem, A2EP, UniSA, RMIT