Gas efficiency grants

Last updated: 7 March 2021

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Many businesses are increasing their energy efficiency and reducing gas use and costs through SV programs. For large gas users, there are 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 provided matched funding of up to $50,000 to assist eligible businesses* with the cost of projects that increased the efficient use of gas and relieved gas cost pressures.

Gas Efficiency Grant Recipient Collective Savings

The dashboard identifies the collective energy and cost savings achieved by gas efficiency grant recipient businesses across Victoria.

Funding recipients

Catalent Australia
Project: Capital equipment upgrade to reduce gas used for humidity control of production rooms
Funding: $50,000.00

Alba Cheese
Project: Heat recovery from ricotta vats and refrigeration plant. Steam pipe insulation to minimise heat loss
Funding: $50,000.00

Alucoat Australia
Project: Installation of air curtains to improve the gas efficiency of powder coating operations
Funding: $20,940.00

Asaleo Care Australia
Project: Removable insulation covers on pipe fittings
Funding: $40,512.00

Ausfresh
Project: Installation of a heat recovery system from the refrigeration plant and upgrade of heating hot water system
Funding: $50,000.00

Austral Hotel, Korumburra
Project: Upgrades to enable fuel switching, eliminating reliance on LPG bottled gas
Funding: $50,000.00

Australian Tallow Producers
Project: Capital upgrades to reduce heat losses in the steam distribution system
Funding: $50,000.00

Broadford Sawmill (Davids Timber)
Project: Replacing a conventional drying timber kiln with a energy efficient pressure vessel retort which will reduce drying times
Funding: $50,000.00

CMTP Pty Ltd
Project: Installation of two heat recovery systems on two timber drying kilns
Funding: $29,688.00

Complete POD Solutions Pty Ltd
Project: Installation of heat recovery system
Funding: $25,000.00

Denim 108 Pty Ltd (Nobody Denim)
Project: Replacing an older boiler with a new energy efficient 500 kW steam boiler
Funding: $34,000.00

Dennison Foods Manufacturing
Project: Decommissioning existing ageing gas boiler with a new 200 kW energy efficient boiler
Funding: $39,700.00

Exquisine Pty Ltd
Project: Modify existing refrigeration plant to install two heat recovery system to preheat water to the boiler. Insulate piping and two concrete tanks to minimise hot water losses
Funding: $40,000.00

Foamex Victoria Pty. Ltd.
Project: Installation of heat exchangers to preheat boiler feedwater. Replace the oven door seals and balance the oven air flows to minimise heat losses
Funding: $25,000.00

GrainCorp Foods Australia Pty Ltd
Project: Optimising existing heat recovery system to increase the recovery and use of waste heat energy
Funding: $50,000.00

Hardwicks Meatworks
Project: Installation of a new 2,000 kW hot water boiler and a new 55,000 litre hot water tank
Funding: $50,000.00

Holcim
Project: Installation of two new 500 kW boilers to replace larger aged boiler
Funding: $50,000.00

IndustrialCarbons
Project: Installation of an efficient new furnace to dry BBQ briquettes
Funding: $50,000.00

J&D Conti (Conti Orchards)
Project: Replacing two LPG forklifts with two electric forklifts. The battery of the forklifts will be charged with excess power generated from an existing 100kW PV system
Funding: $40,550.00

Kagome Australia
Project: Capital upgrades to four steam boilers, including improved metering, monitoring and control of the natural gas and water used
Funding: $38,823.00

Katunga Fresh Produce
Project: Installation of an energy efficient 6 MW boiler and buffer tanks
Funding: $50,000.00

Kingfield Galvanizing Pty Ltd
Project: Modifying and an improve existing heat recovery system to reclaim more process heat. Installation of two gas meters for dryers and boiler
$23,000.00

Madigan Fresh Produce Pty Ltd
Project: Installation of thermal screens to reduce heat losses in a large glasshouse
Funding: $45,000.00

Manpak Pty Ltd
Project: Upgrade an existing boiler and replace the standby boiler with an energy efficient gas boiler. Steam pipework will also be insulated.
Funding: $50,000.00

Marble Developments Pty Ltd t/a My Beautiful Laundrette
Project: Replace twenty old inefficient laundry dryers with eighteen energy efficient dryers
Funding: $49,558.50

Master Dry Cleaners
Project: Replace existing old boiler with an energy efficient new boiler. Insulate steam pipes to reduce heat losses
Funding: $36,970.00

Mildura Meatco
Project: Replace old hotwater boilers with two new 1MW energy efficient hot water boiler
Funding: $50,000.00

Nissan Casting Australia Plant
Project: 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
Funding: $50,000.00

Nobody Denim
Project: Replace an old, oversized, inefficient, 785kW boiler with a new energy efficient 500kW steam boiler
Funding: $34,000.00

Oak on Market
Project: Replace existing pool heater with and energy efficient closed loop boiler and control system. Replace twelve old 5 star with 6 star instantaneous hot water system with a energy efficient control system. This includes new temperature and pressure sensors, variable speed drives for the new pumping water system.
Funding: $33,650.00

OJI Fibre Solutions Aus Pty Ltd
Project: Replacement of burner with more efficient burner system with an oxygen trim system, variable speed drive, gas and steam meters
Funding: $50,000.00

Orora Packaging Australia
Project: Replacement of inefficient space heaters whith more efficient radiant tube heaters
Funding: $50,000.00

Pental Limited
Project: Replacement of a 4MW gas boiler with a four 500 kW boilers
$50,000.00

Phillip Island Adventure Resort
Project: Replace three old and inefficient dryers with three energy efficient dryers
Funding: $7,005.00

Planex
Project: Installation of heat recovery and air curtains to improve the gas efficiency of powder coating operations
Funding: $35,360.00

Polydip
Project: Installation of air curtains to improve the gas efficiency of powder coating operations
Funding: $42,710.00

Precision Plating (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Upgrading the gas curing oven with VSD on exhaust fan control and extended insulation of oven
Funding: $13,628.00

Pureharvest
Project: Installation of a new 6 MW gas fired water tube unattended steam boiler
Funding: $50,000.00

Robert Bosch Australia / BSH Home Appliances Pty Ltd
Project: Replacing two boilers with two energy efficient condensing boilers
Funding: $50,000.00

San Remo Fishermen’s Co-op
Project: Replacement of ten inefficient commercial fryers with newer faster energy efficient fryers
Funding: $50,000.00

Saputo Dairy Australia
Project: Installation of flexible removable thermal insulation jackets and thermal cladding insulation on pipes, dropper, boiler blowdown line, ash shut duct and feedwater tank
Funding: $50,000.00

SCS Plastics
Project: Convert LPG forklifts to battery operated forklift which will be powered by the site's 300kW photovoltaic system
Funding: $24,250.00

Selkirk Group
Project: Upgrades to kiln for drying bricks. Instillation of Ceridry and Kimo set, dryer vestibule doors, VSD to hot air fan and adjusting limits to dryer burner
Funding: $50,000.00

South Coast Junior Aquactics
Project: Installation of hot water heat pumps which will replace a gas hot water system, the heat pumps will be powered by a new 45kW solar PV
Funding: $19,000.00

Sundown Foods
Project: Eight inefficient boilers will be replaced with three larger energy efficient boilers
Funding: $50,000.00

Super Clean Linen Service
Project: Installation of gas and steam metering
Funding: $10,000.00

Tatura Fresh Pty Ltd
Project: Installation of automated shade and thermal screens in an existing 2.5ha glasshouse to reduce heat losses
Funding: $50,000.00

Value Heat Treatment
Project: Installation of new burners and brick lining system on metal heat treatment furnace
Funding: $50,000.00

Victoria Wool Processors
Project: Installation of new boiler and burner management system to two boilers
Funding: $23,750.00

W Ryan Abattoirs Pty Ltd
Project: Install insulation over the whole steam ring main to reduce heat losses
Funding: $14,881.00

Warragul Dry Cleaners
Project: Installation of a new energy efficient ironer
Funding: $22,000.00

Woods Furniture
Project: Installation of air curtains on cure and dry off ovens used to powder coat furniture
Funding: $40,757.00

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%. The business also benefited from improved OH&S, better quality outputs, equipment reliability and a better understanding of the value of preventative maintenance.

Typically, energy improvements of 10% 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%. 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.

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%.

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