Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants

Fed Uni Full Colour RGBSmart Energy System researchers at Federation University are wanting to connect with local businesses or farms that are looking for energy efficiency programs to reduce the cost —something that is now really important in post COVID world for recovery.

The federal government is providing grants: the Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants, which offer small businesses up to $20,000 to improve energy efficiency from taking on-farm energy audits, monitoring of energy usage and emissions, to helping an existing system to run more efficiently. Applications close 26 August 2020.

Federation University researchers in the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences are inviting any relevant small businesses and dairy farms in the region that are interested in accessing this program, to get in touch to discuss collaboration and how university staff expertise in advanced technologies might assist in this domain.  

Research Background
Federation University has an established track record of research into carbon technology, climate change, and the Internet of Things (IoT) through its research concentrations in Carbon Technology,  Modelling, and Simulations, and Climate Change. With three newly appointed research-active faculty members in Electrical Power and Energy System areas, the School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences incorporates low carbon, climate change, renewable energy, smart power systems, asset management, and sustainability research focuses within one interdisciplinary research area.
The School has a research/teaching focus on:
* enabling technologies in smart grid,
* innovative solutions to overcome the challenges for renewable energy integration,
* home and microgrid energy management using IoT and communication technologies,
* power electronic applications in power system,
* hydrogen energy for power and transportation system,
* CO2 capture and reduction,
* water and energy Nexus.

The School’s power and energy engineering members have established strong collaborations with local communities — City of Ballarat, and Buninyong Community Power Hub, Latrobe Valley, C4NET, GCCN — and have previously enjoyed several shared grant successes with collaborators. 

More information about the program can be located in the following links:

Please not the closing date for this funding opportunity is 26 August 2020

For more information and grant application preparation, interested business and dairy farms may contact Dr. Rakibuzzaman Shah -