Powering buildings with renewable electrical energy from sources such as solar, wind and geothermal can now be complemented by sourcing renewable thermal energy for it’s heating, cooling and hot water.
Heat pumps that use renewable thermal energy are appropriate for new construction as well as retrofits of older buildings. Their flexible design requirements make them a good choice for almost any commercial property.
DISTRICT THERMAL ENERGY
District thermal energy systems is one of the few applications where renewable thermal energy and renewable electrical energy are on divergent paths (blog link?). Significant benefits can be obtained by combining multiple buildings onto a centralised source of thermal energy.
We have been fortunate enough to work with some of Australia’s most interesting and significant buildings. Many have won State, National and International awards in disciplines ranging from architecture to interior design to their heating and cooling systems.
We have designed renewable thermal energy systems for projects in New Zealand, Japan, India and South Africa along with providing industry and business consulting services for prospective companies and investors in new markets across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and South America.
Our innovative approach to projects is the direct result of our research partnerships with Australia’s leading universities and the CSIRO. Activities within these partnerships have ranged from student supervision to ARC funded projects to commercial research.
Others have been Australian or industry firsts for certifications such as the Living Building Challenge (SBRC at the University of Wollongong) or for the commercial application of energy piles (PICAC) or plate heat exchangers (Walsh Bay Arts Precinct).