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A2EP Site tour - commercial heat pumps in Melbourne | 1 August 2023

On Tuesday 1 August, the A2EP team led a tour of a number of operational heat pumps to show this technology in action. We heard first-hand from end-users and technology providers about what is involved with transitioning to heat pump technologies.

During the one-day bus tour we visited a commercial office building and a brewery to see the different commercial heat pumps installed and operating. We also visited Automatic Heating's training facility to learn more about heat pumps, how they can be installed and what will be required to operate and maintain them.

The tour was also a great networking opportunity with end-users, suppliers, government and consultants in attendance.


Tour started 9:30 am:

  • 530 Collins St commercial building site tour with Energy Smart Water

  • Automatic Heating training centre, Epping

  • Lunch

  • 3 Ravens brewery site tour and drinks

4:30 pm tour concludes, bus returns to Melbourne CBD.



530 Collins Street, Melbourne

This commercial office building is managed by the GPT Group. Technology supplier, Energy Smart Water, will conduct the tour and outline how heat pump systems have been installed at the site to efficient supply domestic hot water for use in bathrooms and kitchen facilities for the tenants. ESW will also discuss how space constraints can be overcome for heat pumps to be used in commercial buildings to deliver energy and emissions savings.

Automatic Heating Training Pod, Epping

Heat pump solution provider, Automatic Heating, will welcome us into its Training Pod and take us through how heat pumps work in a real-world setting with five different heat pump technologies to view, including CO2 and high-temperature heat pumps, and discuss their potential in the realm of sustainable heating solutions.

The presentation will also cover the essentials of heat pump selection and system design and practical tips on operating heat pumps.

3 Ravens Brewery, Thornbury

In collaboration with consultant, Regenerate Engineering, 3 Ravens has undertaken a major energy upgrade as part of expansion plans. This tour will show attendees the chiller heat pump and thermal storage systems which are efficiently using waste heat and cooling in other parts of the process to significantly reduce energy cost. The upgrade is expected to allow 3 Ravens to quadruple production without an increase in energy costs.


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