Re­new­able pow­ered class­room trial

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - REUBEN ADAMS

RE­NEW­ABLE pow­ered ‘smart’ class­rooms with the abil­ity to power both them­selves and two more con­ven­tional class­rooms will be tri­alled in NSW schools.

Hivve Tech­nol­ogy will build and in­stall two pro­to­type class­rooms at St Christo­pher’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Holswor­thy and Dapto High School in Dapto, with Aus­tralian Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (ARENA) pro­vid­ing

$350,000 for the trial.

“With the av­er­age Aus­tralian class­room con­sum­ing ap­prox­i­mately

3800 KWH per year, these trial class­rooms have the po­ten­tial to re­duce both en­ergy con­sump­tion and costs in our schools,” Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy min­is­ter Fry­den­berg said.

“They have the abil­ity to not only power them­selves, but also gen­er­ate enough power for two ad­di­tional con­ven­tion class­rooms, to­talling ap­prox­i­mately 11,400 KWH per year.”

The por­ta­ble class­rooms in­cor­po­rate so­lar PV gen­er­a­tion, real-time en­ergy me­ter­ing and air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing.

Data is col­lected in 15 minute in­ter­vals from a net­work of me­ters and sen­sors in­stalled in each class­room, en­abling the schools to ac­tively man­age en­ergy de­mands and con­trol in­door en­vi­ron­ment qual­ity via a user-friendly dash­board.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to learn about en­ergy pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion as well as var­i­ous ex­cit­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ments – many of which Aus­tralia is at the fore­front,” Mr Fry­den­berg said.

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