Supermarkets hold the key to a cool future

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is working with Enel X to launch “Unlocking Flexible Demand in the Commercial Refrigeration Sector”, a program that will assist with integrating renewable energy sources into electricity networks. ARENA has granted Enel X $3.7 million in funding to demonstrate how the flexible demand systems can work in the commercial […]


Melbourne brewery completes heat pump upgrade

Melbourne brewer 3 Ravens has completed an award-winning energy upgrade to its Thornbury brewing facility that will enable it to ramp up production by up to four times current levels without increasing its energy consumption. In addition to upgrading the building fabric and installing 74kW of solar panels and a “cool roof”, the brewery has installed a […]


Australia’s first all-electric aquatic centre opens its doors

The opening of the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre in Melbourne’s western suburbs has been celebrated as Australia’s first all-electric, renewable energy aquatic centre. Located in Keilor Downs, the $60 million facility aims to provide an energy-efficient blueprint to councils across Australia. According to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), leisure centres are among the most […]


New thermal energy battery solution

Australian innovator MGA Thermal is proposing a thermal energy storage solution that aims to address the shortcomings of existing batteries. MGA Thermal says its new battery design will play an important role in providing medium-duration storage – a gap for traditional technology such as lithium-ion electrical batteries and hydrogen electrolysers.   Lithium-ion electrical batteries are […]


Geothermal solution for sustainable poultry farming

A new hybrid geothermal and solar energy system promises to dramatically reduce emissions and energy costs for many Australian poultry farms. The University of Melbourne is teaming up with geothermal companies Ground Source Systems and Fourth Element Energy to create a hybrid geothermal and solar HVAC system specifically for the poultry industry. The project, funded […]

Renewable energy

Heat pumps show promise in industrial applications

As heat pump technology grows in popularity across Europe, Australia has also turned its eye towards renewable energy in industrial settings. Commercial businesses such as brewers, pet food producers and food processors are exploring whether thermal storage and heat pumps could help reduce the use of natural gases. ARENA supplied $460,500 in funding to the Australian […]

Events and conferences

AIRAH Awards countdown – Excellence in Innovation

In the lead-up to the AIRAH Awards 2021 gala on February 17, HVAC&R News is profiling the finalists in different award categories. The Excellence in Innovation category, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric, is open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities. It recognises significant Australian improvements in the areas of HVAC&R achieved through […]

General News

Australia’s first zero emissions leisure and aquatic centre announced

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated up to $1.53 million in funding for Brimbank City Council’s mooted zero emissions indoor leisure and aquatic centre. To be located in Melbourne’s west and making use of an $8.1 million integrated energy system, the facility will be an Australian first. The aquatic centre is part of […]

News Products

SA water project promotes renewable energy use

Rheem Australia has launched the Rheem Active Hot Water Control Project, to create the South Australian Smart Network. The project behind the network, designed to improve the state’s energy system and increase the use of renewable energy, is undertaken by Rheem’s renewables brand, Solahart. The project has been awarded funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and […]