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New Aquatic Centre energy report unveiled at LIWA Conference in Western Australia New Aquatic Centre energy report unveiled at LIWA Conference in Western Australia
August 17, 2015
New Aquatic Centre energy report unveiled at LIWA Conference in Western Australia
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New Aquatic Centre energy report unveiled at LIWA Conference in Western Australia

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Delegates from Western Australia Local Governments and operators from many of the state’s 132 aquatic centres have been armed with a new in-depth analysis of energy technologies which are providing proven cost savings and environmental benefits for the industry. The ‘Reducing Energy Expenditure in Western Australian Aquatic Centres’ report was launched by the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatic (LIWA) President Jeff Fondacaro at the Annual LIWA Conference held in Fremantle.

With heating and other energy costs accounting for around 11% of total expenditure at aquatic facilities, second only to labour expenses, finding innovative and cost effective ways to source energy are high on the list of priorities for LIWA members and stakeholders.

“We have worked hard in establishing relationships to demonstrate that as an industry we have a clear focus on sustainability and cost reduction. LIWA Aquatics advocates strongly to members and stakeholders the importance of embracing sustainable alternatives and looking at new technologies,” Mr Fondacaro said. “This report provides relevant background information on a range of energy saving technologies and promotes potential opportunities in the area of cogeneration systems that are providing very substantial economic gains in aquatic facilities on the east coast of Australia.”

Based on an analysis of 37 West Australian metropolitan aquatic centres the report found there is the potential to deliver industry savings through;

Reduced energy costs of well over $2.45 million per year, or more than $36 million over a 15 year investment period.
These initiatives would reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4.2 million tonnes of carbon – equivalent to taking about 60,000 cars off the road for 15 years.
The report was prepared for ATCO Gas Australia in association with Leisure Industries Association of Western Australia and examines a variety of energy technologies including natural gas powered cogeneration, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal and ground-source heat pumps.

Download the “Reducing Energy Expenditure in Western Australia Aquatic Centres’ Report”

For further information please contact Nathan Lude from ATCO Australia on +61 427 496 890 or email: nathan.lude@atcogas.com.au.

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ATCO GAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMOTES COGENERATION AND TRIGENERATION ATCO GAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMOTES COGENERATION AND TRIGENERATION
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ATCO GAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMOTES COGENERATION AND TRIGENERATION
ATCO GAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMOTES COGENERATION AND TRIGENERATION

ATCO Gas Australia are offering incentives to assist businesses in taking advantage of natural gas fuelled cogeneration.  Capturing ‘free’ waste […]

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ATCO GAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMOTES COGENERATION AND TRIGENERATION

ATCO Gas Australia are offering incentives to assist businesses in taking advantage of natural gas fuelled cogeneration. 

Capturing ‘free’ waste energy to heat pools in aquatic facilities, along with a cash back incentive of up to $25,000 to assist businesses in taking advantage of the latest in more efficient, cleaner and cost effective energy solutions, equated to an afternoon well spent for Leisure Institute of WA Aquatic (LIWA) members at ATCO Gas Australia’s Operations Centre on 17 March 2015

ATCO Gas Australia is Western Australia’s largest gas distribution network operator and recently welcomed LIWA members, including representatives from Local Councils across the metropolitan area, to a presentation on the benefits of utilising natural gas fuelled cogeneration and trigeneration technology.

Expert analysis was provided by ATCO Gas Australia, along with energy advisors Energetics and leading energy technology solutions provider Simons Green Energy, who explained the process of cogeneration and trigeneration and how natural gas, as a fuel source, is able to provide a range of benefits. These include eliminating the need to undertake any costly electrical infrastructure upgrades, cost savings from reducing electricity on demand charges, as well as reducing carbon emissions given electricity generated through natural gas cogeneration is around 50% more efficient than coal-fired grid supplied electricity.

ATCO Gas Australia is further supporting the financial viability of installing cogen or trigen with a cash back offer of up to $25,000, which was warmly received.

“The natural gas network that ATCO Gas Australia own and operate has the reliability and capacity to alleviate electricity peak load issues and provide businesses with a solution that not only stacks up economically, but also reduces risk through energy diversity as well as being a more environmentally friendly way to supply energy needs,” said ATCO Gas Australia President, Pat Donovan. “It was fantastic to have so many local council representatives and other LIWA members come to our Jandakot Operations Centre where we have a number of natural gas technologies in operation. We are committed and enthusiastic about further educating WA businesses and industry about these technologies, as well as assisting through our incentive program. We received some excellent feedback from the seminar and look forward to ensuring the benefits of cogeneration and trigeneration become a reality for Western Australian consumers.”

Cogeneration is the process of producing both electricity and heat from a single fuel source, while trigeneration adds an absorption chiller to the process, providing chilled water for air conditioning or refrigeration. Housed in a self-contained unit on site, a natural gas-powered engine generates electricity, with the ‘free’ waste heat from the engine being converted into usable heat for a variety of purposes. Attendees at the seminar heard how this had been particularly successful in the leisure and aquatic industry with the heat used to warm swimming pools.

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To support their work within the cogeneration and trigeneration markets in Western Australia, Simons Green Energy has established an office and maintenance facility here, bringing expertise developed over more than 80 years on the eastern seaboard.

Simons Green Energy CEO, Derek Simons, commented that the combination of a safe and reliable supply of natural gas through the ATCO distribution network, as well as an established and proven track record for cogen and trigen technology successfully utilised in Australia and around the world, is creating significant interest across numerous industries in Western Australia.

“Businesses are looking for clean and affordable energy sources and both cogeneration and trigeneration technologies have the ability to provide cleaner and cheaper electricity,” Mr Simons said. “With a focus on increased energy efficiencies to combat rising energy costs, the demand for cogeneration is growing fast in areas including manufacturing, aquatic and leisure centres, health care and hotels. Designing the right solution to suit a client’s needs is paramount, which, in turn, ensures that return on investment is realised as quickly as possible and is sustained for many years to follow.”

Additionally, ATCO Gas Australia is supporting the installation of gas powered air conditioning (GPAC) through a similar incentive program where businesses can claim up to $25,000 to alleviate some of the initial financial outlay. ATCO Gas Australia’s 3,127sqm Jandakot facility is serviced by GPAC which has resulted in lower running costs and an improved Green Star rating, compared with electrical air conditioning systems.

For more information on the benefits of cogeneration and trigeneration technology, please contact toni@simonsgreenenergy.com.au

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Heating a pool doesn’t need to be a major expense Heating a pool doesn’t need to be a major expense
June 3, 2015
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Heating a pool doesn’t need to be a major expense

We understand that heating a pool is a major expense to a home and or aquatic centre. There are options […]

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Heating a pool doesn’t need to be a major expense

We understand that heating a pool is a major expense to a home and or aquatic centre. There are options available!

Are you looking for a way to reduce your overall energy costs? Have you got natural gas available on site? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above then you may be a good candidate for Cogeneration. Simons Green Energy can do a desktop feasibility study to determine whether we can offer you immediate benefits and a good rate of return on equipment.

Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of two forms of energy – electricity and heat, from a single fuel source. The waste heat from the engine is converted into usable energy to heat the pool for free.

Benefits include:

– Lower cost of energy

– Heating provided for free by utilising the waste heat from the engine

– Improved energy supply and security

– Reduced carbon emissions.

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Simons Green Energy is a leading provider of sustainable energy solutions and are backed by 80-years of experience through its sister company Simons Boilers. Simons Boiler’s range includes gas, electric and condensing steam and hot water boilers. Simons Green Energy designs tailored solutions to meet clients’ requirements, offering full Cogeneration and Trigeneration solutions from micro-cogeneration systems of 5kW up to 2MW.  Our tailored approach ensures the highest levels of system performance, greatest return on investment and complete customer satisfaction.

For more information please call Toni on 02 8338 8660 or toni@simonsgreenenergy.com.au

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