"The water battery is proof that we're an innovative university leading the way on sustainability initiatives, and we're using this newest technology to inform the engineers of the future".
— Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Greg Hill
(over 25 years)
- $100m savings
- No capital outlay by USC
- Over 100,000 tonnes CO2 saved
- 4.5 ML thermal energy storage tank
- 6,000 solar panels generating 2.1 megawatts of power
- Plant room with latest PV-integrated roofing
- Environmentally-friendly refrigerant gas
- Real-time monitoring system
- Use of lake water to save a further 802 ML of potable water
Smart system that checks the weather
The best option for energy changes from hour to hour.
That’s why we opted for a system that reacts to changing conditions in real-time.
Depending on what the weather is doing and various other factors, the system will react to changing conditions and shift energy between the solar panels, mains electricity and thermal energy storage tank.
This will ensure the campus is using the best source of energy that optimises energy use, carbon emissions and cost.
Partnership with Veolia
The key to our success has been our fruitful partnership with Veolia, a global company that delivers renewable energy solutions.
Veolia will install the panels and tank at no cost to the University, operate and maintain the infrastructure for 10 years, and sell the energy generated back to the University at a rate cheaper than electricity from the grid.
After this 10-year period, ownership of the infrastructure will transfer to USC.
Over the 25-year life of the project, USC will save $100m on buying electricity from the grid, and any additional electricity costs are quickly eclipsed by the saving.