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Our Roseworthy campus is closer to generating, supplying and storing nearly half its energy needs thanks to $780,000 from the State Government’s $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

The funding will support the installation of a $1.56 million 0.5MW/2MWh battery storage system and increase the benefits of a $4.2 million 1.2MW solar project that will supply more than 40 per cent of Roseworthy’s annual energy needs. The project is part of the our Campus Sustainability Plan, investing $14.4 million over the next three years.

The project will create up to 23 jobs during construction of the solar and battery storage and one ongoing position, and support three research projects each year connected to the energy storage system for the next three years. It will also assist the University to include topics such as remote-energy management, energy storage and load flex in various tertiary education courses.

The $150 million Renewable Technology Fund was established in March 2017 to support further integration of renewable technologies, fast-track South Australia’s energy transformation and improve electricity market competition.

“Adelaide University is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and the State Government is pleased to help it contribute to South Australia’s world-leading reputation in renewable energy and storage technology. This is a great example of a project that will lower electricity costs by pairing solar panels with batteries on a large scale. Renewable energy projects like this one at the University of Adelaide also reduce demand on the grid during peak times, which puts downward pressure on power prices for all South Australians.”Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

“We’re excited about the opportunity to improve energy sustainability at our Roseworthy campus – part of a suite of emissions reduction projects under the University’s Campus Sustainability Plan. The installation of a state-of-the-art battery storage system in addition to our solar energy project at Roseworthy campus will greatly reduce our reliance on grid electricity, and builds on an existing commitment towards the Carbon Neutral Adelaide program. The saving on the grid will be like switching off the power at more than 370 Adelaide homes for an entire year – so it’s a major saving – and it will also help us to test the performance and reliability of battery storage technology in hot, dry conditions, which will benefit industry and the community.”Chief Operating Officer Bruce Lines

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Final Abandoned Bikes 2University by-laws have recently been updated to stipulate that bicycles can only be left on University grounds for 30 consecutive days.

Any bike left for longer than this will be deemed by Security staff to be ‘abandoned’ and tagged with a notice that the owner has 10 days to remove the bike.

After this time, locks will be cut and the bike and any accessories (e.g. helmet) removed and gifted to a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

Once this happens, the owner has no right of recourse, or compensation for the bike’s removal.

These rules have always applied to bikes stored in the secure bike sheds but now cover all bikes on all campuses.

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Green-Gown-FinalistThe Green Gown Awards are the only Award Scheme dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability within the Australiasian tertiary education sector and the University of Adelaide has been shortlisted in five categories for this year’s Awards:

Winners will be announced at the ACTS Conference in November.

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Join Ecoversity, the National Wine Centre and OzHarvest SA for Think.Eat.Save. and learn how you can be part of the solution to food waste.
Some of Adelaide’s best chefs will converge on the North Terrace campus to serve up a free hot meal made from rescued ingredients that would have otherwise been discarded in landfill.
The event will […]

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The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference Assistance Scholarships Fund
The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference (AWCC) Scholarships are designed to support people who are committed to improving and transforming the places we live, our economies and how we engage with our environment through walking and cycling.  The AWCC Scholarships provide some financial support to cover expenses […]

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This year’s highly competitive Green Project Fund round received a number of high quality applications on a range of topics including innovative technologies, waste management, energy and water efficiency, carbon management and sustainability focused engagement on campus. Below is a list of the successful applicants. We look forward to following these Green Projects as they […]

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If you have a great idea for a campus sustainability project, apply for funding through Ecoversity’s Green Project Fund.
Find more information about the Fund and how to apply here.
Applications close on 28th April 2017.
Previous projects have included a student waste education app, rooftop solar pv installations, lighting upgrades, composting systems and office sustainability campaigns.

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After the conclusion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on 18 November 2016, the University of Adelaide is now formally admitted as an observer organisation (NGO) to the UNFCCC. The official UNFCCC website now lists the University of Adelaide as an […]

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The latest GO8 Sustainability Forum was held at the University of Adelaide this week. Over two days, we met with our sustainability colleagues to share information about current projects, initiatives, future plans and the latest in energy management. Some of the highlights were a first look at the design of our collaborative GO8 Sustainable Building  […]

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This year saw a record number of high quality applications, many with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable education. Applications were assessed against the fund’s criteria and in consultation with key groups across the Infrastructure branch. We are pleased to announce the following successful projects and applicants.

Gamifying Sustainable Waste Education – School of Computer […]

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