Congratulations to Qantas, Dexus, Fonterra and Minus40 for their wins at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Council Industry Awards

06 Dec 2013Archived News Energetics in the News

Nominated by Energetics, Qantas Airways Limited took out the Best Cogeneration or District Energy Award for their Sydney tri-generation project.  

The 8.6MW tri-generation plant is located in the precinct of Australia’s busiest airport and is arguably the nation’s largest commercial tri-generation facility. The plant delivers electricity, chilled water for space cooling and hot water for space heating to Qantas Airways corporate headquarters, jet base facilities and the catering centre. Some 30 buildings are supplied which accommodate around 4000 employees. A second 3MW plant is currently under construction to service Sydney’s Qantas Domestic Terminal T3.

Designed to supply 100% of the energy needs of the site, no other airport in Australia currently operates a tri-generation plant at this scale.  It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented in Australia, for such a large plant to operate within the network of conventionally produced grid electricity. The plant’s development and installation has broken new ground for not only for its size and scale, and the range of business needs met, but also for the significant barriers overcome to bring this visionary project to completion. 

Energetics has worked with Qantas to achieve recognition under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme for the large energy savings anticipated which have been calculated to be in the order of 29,000GJ per annum, equivalent to savings of 78% on the energy previously used to condition the JetBase. 

An outstanding feature of this project is the commitment that Qantas is making to efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions.  The tri-generation plant will serve as a major element in Qantas’ corporate headquarters application to achieve a five star NABERS rating, up from its current rating of one-and-a-half stars.  The anticipated savings link to Qantas environmental goals which aim by 2020 to reduce electricity and water use by 10% on 2009 levels, and net greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2050 on 2010 levels. 

Energetics also congratulates our other clients who were successful this week. Minus 40 and Fonterra won Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project and Dexus took out Leading Energy User (a joint Energy Efficiency Council and EUAA Award). 

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