Clean technology demonstration projects

Four clever and creative organisations have conducted clean technology demonstrations in our region with support from Cleantech Innovations Geelong.

Capricorn Power, Deakin University, Focus Pty Ltd and Geelong Sustainability Group Inc. have completed clean technology projects that address stockpiled landfill, household energy use, community solar production and renewable energy.

Clean technologies are economically viable products, services and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and decrease or eliminate emissions and wastes.

Cleantech Innovations Geelong supported the four successful organisations to develop their products and concepts and provided advice about grant funding, locations, investment, planning, community engagement and intellectual property.

Each organisation also had access to Cleantech Innovations Geelong's extensive stakeholder and supply chain networks, to help bring the clean technology demonstration projects from concept to reality.

The successful projects were selected through an expression of interest process in 2019.

The demonstration projects

A grant was provided to Capricorn Power to improve the efficiency of renewable energy at municipal leisure centres or other sites using the patented Barton engine.  The Barton engine is powered by biochar (created from organic matter such as wood, grasses, crop residues and manure). This technology can efficiently convert heat from a wide range of sources into reliable electricity such as heating for swimming pools.

A grant was provided to Focus Group Pty Ltd to produce a business case and operational framework to process stockpiled landfill waste, providing a circular economy model for the Drysdale landfill. 

A grant was provided to Deakin University to install innovative energy efficiency devices in 20 households.  The devices will minimise total daily energy use, reduce energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The aim is to improve the efficiency of solar panels for households.

A grant was provided to Geelong Sustainability Group Inc. for the early stages of a feasibility study to establish a community owned solar farm in Geelong.

Support for demonstration projects

Cleantech Innovations Geelong's support for the clean technology demonstration projects included: 

  • small scale grants 
  • assistance with grant identification and application writing
  • assistance with local contacts, stakeholders, supply chains, and connections
  • advice and support on suitable locations 
  • assistance with accessing investment advice
  • assistance with accessing planning advice
  • advice on community consultation and engagement
  • assistance with accessing intellectual property advice

Cleantech Innovations Geelong is a business and industry support program funded by the City of Greater Geelong, the Victorian Government and the Geelong Manufacturing Council.

The program aims to attract investment in clean technologies and position Greater Geelong as a clean technology centre of excellence.

Cleantech Innovations Geelong provides hands-on business support including:

  • grants for new, collaborative projects that stimulate the market for clean technologies
  • activities to develop skills and capabilities around clean technologies
  • creating innovative cleantech products through procurement
  • sharing success stories and learnings through industry briefings 

Cleantech Innovations Geelong’s key activities for 2018–2021 are:

  • bringing new cleantech products to market by stimulating demand and providing grants
  • inviting proposals for large-scale cleantech demonstration project(s)
  • exploring the creation of establishing Geelong as a cleantech centre of excellence.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 12 October 2021