As high consumers of energy, and with energy prices rising, aquatic centres are a focus area for supporting electrification. Studies have shown Victoria has around 400 aquatic centres using a combined 3.5PJ/year of natural gas. Heat pumps represent are a high-efficient alternative for water-heating and providing other thermal services within aquatic centres, with the added bonus of being able to utilise on-site solar PV generation.
With support from Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), A2EP hosted a webinar on 14 September for Victorian local government officers to share pathways for implementation of heat pumps in aquatic centres, as well as best practice guidelines.
The webinar includes insights from technical experts, looking at all aspects of optimising energy use in aquatic centres (and swimming school pools), including addressing the building enveloped and energy efficiency first to how to consider heat pumps to support that is available from programs such as the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program.
Presenters for this webinar:
Noy Hildebrand, Revitalising Environments
Derek Harbison, Negawatt Projects
Dr Jean Jonathan Duverge, Northern Environmental Design
Chris Warris, Northmore Gordon
Tony Kimpton, TK Thermal
Jarrod Leak, A2EP
You can watch the recording below and find more information about optimising energy use in aquatic centres at: www.a2ep.org.au/aquaticcentres