Renewable energy for process heat: Opportunity study

This project is undertaken by the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) in collaboration with Climate-KIC Australia,Sustainability Victoriaand the Department of Industry, Planning and Environment (NSW). The project is part-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), more information here. The project commenced in early 2019 and is due for completion in mid-2020. A second phase of the project, also part-funded by ARENA, commenced in early 2020, more information here.

The purpose of the project is to determine the technical and commercial feasibility of replacing fossil fuelled process heating technologies in manufacturing settings with renewably powered alternatives, and to detail pathways to implementation including technical specification and a business case for investment.

The project has been conducted in four phases: site identification and selection, pre-feasibility studies (ten); feasibility studies (five), reporting and knowledge sharing. Prospective sites were identified through networks. From a pool of nearly 30, 10 were selected to progress to a pre-feasibility study. And from those 10 studies, five were selected to progress to a full feasibility study. Four were completed. These studies were conducted by independent, expert firms and included technical and commercial assessments.

For both the pre-feasibility and feasibility studies the proponent sites made considerable in-kind contributions including access to personnel, premises and data. The feasibility studies were co-funded by proponents. The studies themselves remain commercial-in-confidence. Work is underway to distil lessons learned and implications for policy and programs.

In the meantime, we’re able to publish four case studies. The case studies summarise the findings of the assessments for each site and are published with permission of the proponents. For more information about the project contact Liz Hutton, Project Manager at For more information about A2EP, go to

Renewable energy for process heat:Case studies

Four case studies have been finalised. Each is based on both a pre-feasibility study and comprehensive feasibility study.

De Bortoli Wines, Bilbul, New South Wales here

Lion, Adelaide, South Australia here

McCain Foods, Ballarat, Victoria here

Simplot, Devonport, Tasmania here

Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP)

A2EP is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit coalition of business, government and research leaders promoting a more energy productive economy. It advocates for improved economic outcomes through better use of energy resources from cost-effective action. In support of this goal it has developed sector-specific roadmaps to double energy productivity, including for manufacturing and agriculture. A2EP has also identified priority actions to support an improved National Energy Productivity Plan and a stronger national energy productivity target. More at Tony 256 339