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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.

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 Grant funding
Catalent Australia Capital equipment upgrade to reduce gas used for humidity control of production rooms. $50,000
Hardwicks Meatworks Installation of a new 2,000 KW 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 4 MW gas boiler with a new 1.5-2 MW 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 16 ha. An additional 6 MW 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

Funding of $648,160 has been allocated to-date. Grants are approved for funding on a rolling basis and are available until the $2 million pool of funding has been fully allocated.

Is this grant right for your business?

If you are unsure whether it is 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% in gas use – that’s 5% 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%. 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% 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.

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%. 

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