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.
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.
|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.||
|W Ryan Abattoirs Pty Ltd
||Install insulation over the whole steam ring main to reduce heat losses.
|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.
||Convert LPG forklifts to battery operated forklift which will be powered by the site's 300kW Photovoltaic system.
Funding of $978,407 has been allocated to-date. Grant applications will close on the 28 September 2018 or if allocated funds of $2 million are expended sooner.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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