An Australian-first district energy-sharing project between UTS and Enwave Central Park has been highly commended at the Committee for Sydney’s Smart City Awards, which celebrate successful initiatives that address fundamental challenges faced by modern cities using technology.
The project uses large pipes carrying chilled water that are deep under Broadway, to deliver cooling energy to UTS from the Enwave Central Park Energy Centre. The chilled thermal energy will help to meet new air conditioning demand in UTS buildings, including our new UTS Central building..
At the Smart City Awards, announced in early September, the district energy-sharing project was recognised in the Best Industry-led Partnership category for its numerous benefits, including:
- diversifying the cooling load between UTS’s business hour peaks and Central Park’s evening/weekend peaks
- reducing capital costs and space required for chillers and cooling towers
- external mechanical plant efficiencies
- reductions in electricity use and emissions
- lower reliance on the grid
- the potential for more active use of building rooftops.
Operational since mid-2018, the district energy-sharing project is expected to see UTS’s greenhouse gas emissions drop by around three per cent – more than 1000 tonnes each year – and will supply cooling energy to the new UTS Central building when it opens in mid-2019.
A second UTS project was also highly commended, in the Best Local Government Initiative category. The Smart Urban Heat Monitoring project is a partnership between the Technology for Urban Liveability Project (TULIP) project, led by UTS, and the City of Sydney. It uses sensors across a variety of locations in Chippendale and Redfern to monitor urban heat, to gather valuable data on inner city microclimates.
The judging panel for the Awards included Greater Sydney Commissioner Lucy Turnbull and NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello, as well as Smart Cities representatives.