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ARENA awards $2 million to ten companies for decarbonisation feasibility studies

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced grant funding totalling $1.98 million to ten companies to assist feasibility studies into adopting lower-carbon technologies.

According to a statement from ARENA on Thursday, the studies would generate valuable data, and it would work with industry to share this.

“The grants we’ve announced today are for businesses eager to get on the front foot, looking to deploy renewable energy technologies in new ways,” said the agency’s CEO, Darren Miller, in a statement on Thursday.

“ARENA is backing these feasibility studies so they can provide real and replicable examples to industry.

A list of grant recipients is reproduced below.

  • $399,503 for G&K O’Connor to achieve comprehensive decarbonisation for a meat processing facility in Pakenham, Victoria. 
  • $110,000 for Paper Australia to investigate using a deep-bore geothermal heating system at a barramundi farm in Maryvale, Victoria. 
  • $149,850 for Unilever to develop a decarbonisation roadmap for three factories across NSW and Victoria. 
  • $242,924 for George Weston Food to modernise refrigeration infrastructure at a smallgoods facility in Castlemaine, VVictoria. 
  • $117,515 for Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water to optimise system operations across water pipelines in Western Victoria. 
  • $116,397 for Brown Family Wine Group to investigate the requirements for low emissions and energy efficiency technologies at a winery in Milawa, Victoria. 
  • $205,000 for Beston Global Food Company for site-wide energy efficiency and electrification projects at its cheese plant in Jervois, South Australia.     
  • $250,400 for Real Pet Food to consider a heat energy recovery system at pet food manufacturing sites in Queensland and NSW.
  • $244,677 for Quantem to improve energy efficiency and examine electrification options across its operations.
  • $147,800 for Bindaree Beef to investigate biomass processing options to harness energy from waste and a meat processing facility in Inverell, NSW.

Picture: adsorption heat pump (credit Reinraum via Wikimedia Commons)

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