Gas efficiency grants

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Sustainability Victoria is offering matched funding of up to $50,000 to assist eligible businesses* with the cost of a variety of gas-related projects.

Applications for funding close at 5pm, Friday 28 September 2018, or when funds are fully allocated.

Gas efficiency projects must be completed by 1 May 2019 to be eligible for funding.

Many businesses are already increasing energy efficiency and reducing gas use and costs through SV programs. For large gas users, there are often many opportunities to improve efficiency such as upgrades to boiler or steam systems, industrial ovens or kilns, or recovering waste heat.

The Gas Efficiency Grants will support businesses to take practical action that results in more efficient use of gas, helping relieve gas cost pressures.

Who can benefit from the program?

We are calling for applications from businesses operating in Victoria with an annual energy spend above $20,000 who use gas for equipment and/or processes core to the business operations and are keen to implement gas efficiency upgrades to improve business productivity*.

Read more about the businesses that have successfully received a Gas Efficiency Grant below.

*Eligibility requirements apply, please read our guidelines for full eligibility details.

Gas Efficiency Grant Recipients

Gas Efficiency Grant Recipients
Business Project Funding
Catalent Australia Capital equipment upgrade to reduce gas used for humidity control of production rooms. $50,000
Hardwicks Meatworks Installation of a new 2,000kW hot water boiler and a new 55,000 litre hot water tank. $50,000
Planex Installation of heat recovery and air curtains to improve the gas efficiency of powder coating operations. $35,360
Industrial Carbons Installation of an efficient new furnace to dry BBQ briquettes. $50,000
Polydip Installation of air curtains to improve the gas efficiency of powder coating operations. $42,710
Kagome Australia Capital upgrades to four steam boilers, including improved metering, monitoring and control of the gas and water used. $38,823
Australian Tallow Producers Capital upgrades to reduce heat losses in the steam distribution system. $50,000
Austral Hotel, Korumburra Upgrades to enable fuel switching, eliminating reliance on LPG bottled gas. $50,000
Pental Limited Replacement of a 4MW gas boiler with a new 1.5–2MW boiler. $50,000
Orora Packaging Australia Replacement of inefficient space heaters which heat entire more efficient radiant tube heaters. $50,000
Asaleo Care Australia Removable insulation covers on pipe fittings. $40,512
Katunga Fresh Produce Expansion of operations from 12 to 16ha. An additional 6MW boiler and buffer tanks. $50,000
San Remo Fishermen’s Co-op Replacement of 10 inefficient commercial fryers with newer faster energy efficient fryers $50,000
Woods Furniture Installation of air curtains on cure and dry off ovens used to powder coat furniture. $40,757
Tri-Tech Chemical Co Heat recovery from the flue stack of two steam boilers. $39,550
Alba Cheese Heat recovery from ricotta vats and refrigeration plant. Steam pipe insulation to minimise heat loss. $50,000
My Beautiful Laundrette Replace 20-year-old inefficient laundry dryers with nine energy efficient dryers. $49,559
Phillip Island Adventure Resort Replace three old and inefficient dryers with three energy efficient dryers. $7,005
Manpak Pty Ltd Upgrade an existing boiler and replace the standby boiler with an energy efficient gas boiler. Steam pipework will also be insulated. $50,000
Madigan Fresh Produce Pty Ltd Install thermal screens to reduce heat losses in a large glasshouse.

$45,000

W Ryan Abattoirs Pty Ltd
Install insulation over the whole steam ring main to reduce heat losses.
$14,881
Nissan Casting Australia Plant
Installation of two new energy efficient preheat burner stations with automatic lowering lids to cover the ladle prior to the heating process and will include inline gas meters and control system.
$50,000
SCS Plastics
Convert LPG forklifts to battery operated forklift which will be powered by the site's 300kW Photovoltaic system.
$24,250
GrainCorp Foods Australia Pty Ltd
Optimising existing heat recovery system to increase the recovery and use of waste heat energy.

$50,000

OJI Fibre Solutions Aus Pty Ltd
Replacement of burner with more efficient burner system with an oxygen trim system, variable speed drive, gas and steam meters.
$50,000
Master Dry Cleaners
Replace existing old boiler with an energy efficient new boiler. Insulate steam pipes to reduce heat losses. $36,970
Tatura Fresh Pty Ltd
Installation of automated shade and thermal screens in an existing 2.5ha glasshouse to reduce heat losses $50,000
Nobody Denim
Replace an old, oversized, inefficient, 785kW boiler with a new energy efficient 500kW steam boiler.
$34,000
CMTP Pty Ltd
Installation of two heat recovery systems on two timber drying kilns.
$29,688

Funding of $1,229,065 has been allocated to-date. Grant applications will close on 28 September 2018, or earlier if allocated funds of $2 million are expended.

Is this grant right for your business?

If you're unsure whether it's worthwhile investing in gas efficiency at your business, a good place to start is by contacting our team. We also offer Energy Assessment Grants: these assessments will identify potential energy efficiency improvements for your business, review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.

For large gas users, there are often many opportunities to improve efficiency such as upgrades to boiler or steam systems, industrial ovens or kilns, or recovering waste heat. Even improving the operation and maintenance of steam boilers can typically save up to 5 per cent in gas use – that’s 5 per cent less gas that your business needs to purchase.

Read about the types of projects that can be funded within our guidelines.

What are the benefits of gas efficiency?

Many businesses are already increasing energy efficiency, reducing gas use and costs through our past energy efficiency programs. Learn about the benefits these businesses achieved below:

Improving the efficiency of boiler or steam systems

South Pacific Laundry improved its steam distribution system by upgrading boilers and replacing steam traps, reducing gas consumption by 4–6 per cent. The business also benefited from improved OH&S, better quality outputs, equipment reliability and a better understanding of the value of preventative maintenance.

Read more about South Pacific Laundry’s energy efficient improvements

Typically, energy improvements of 10 per cent or more can be made relatively easily through maintenance and low cost, straightforward improvements. The financial rewards of these are often immediate or have a very short payback. Learn more by best practice operation of steam, hot water and process heating systems by reading our Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide.


Improving the efficiency of industrial ovens or kilns

Hilustre Coating improved the efficiency of their powder coating ovens, reducing gas consumption by 10–15 per cent. The ovens are large tunnels that are open at both ends, and heat escapes through these openings.

The solution was to install ‘heat knifes’ and the difference was immediate – some of the ovens that operated at 200°C were able to be turned down to 130–140°C.

Read more about Hilustre Coatings energy efficient improvements


Waste Heat Recovery

Game Meats Company installed a heat recovery system to reuse ‘waste heat’ from the refrigeration system to pre-heat boiler feedwater, reducing gas consumption by 15–20 per cent.

The business also benefited from reduced maintenance on the boiler and avoided the need to upgrade to larger capacity boiler.

Read more about Game Meats Company waste heat recovery project

 

The current grants program provides funding for capital equipment upgrades, non-routine maintenance, fuel switching or the installation of metering equipment. Read about the types of projects that can be funded within our guidelines.

Interested in appyling for a Gas Efficiency Grant?

Read more about eligibility and the application process

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au