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Australian Maritime College (AMC)

As Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC) sits amongst the top 10 maritime training institutions in the world and attracts an international and national student cohort.

AMC is a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia’s fourth oldest university, and was one of seven founding members of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), which represents five continents. AMC offers qualifications in the fields of maritime engineering; marine conservation and resource sustainability; coastal and international seafaring; and maritime business and logistics management.

AMC is located across three purpose-built campuses in Australia’s southern-most state, Tasmania. At the heart of its strength lies a suite of state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including a fleet of training vessels; ship simulators; engineering workshops; firefighting, survival and damage control facilities; as well as the unique cluster of hydrodynamic facilities that include a towing tank, model test basin, circulating water channel and a cavitation research laboratory. Many of these facilities are also used commercially by maritime, marine and allied organisations – cementing AMC’s close links with industry. This means that students and graduates are able to access work experience and possible employment opportunities with these organisations.

Contact name Alicia Perry
Phone 03 6324 9484
Email marketing@amc.edu.au
Website www.amc.edu.au

Biofouling Solutions Pty Ltd

We are team of highly qualified marine scientists who specialise in the management of biofouling and invasive marine species.

Our services cover the broad range of scientific, professional and technical skills required to effectively manage biofouling and invasive marine species (IMS). We specialise in pragmatic management of IMS risks via reducing the potential for their transport and introduction. We have specific expertise in managing biofouling on man-made surfaces including a wide range of immersible infrastructure, the external surfaces of a diverse array of complex vessels and within internal seawater systems.

Contact name Ashley Coutts
Phone 03 6229 2334
Email admin@biofoulingsolutions.com.au
Website www.biofoulingsolutions.com.au

Hydro Tasmania

Building on more than a century of experience and innovation, Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s largest generator of clean, renewable energy.

It generates the energy that underpins the Tasmanian economy and supports the Tasmanian community. It also sells energy into the National Electricity Market.

Hydro Tasmania’s retail arm Momentum Energy sells energy and energy services to businesses and residential customers on mainland Australia and provides retail services to the Bass Strait Islands. It also offers world-renowned expertise through its specialist consulting firm Entura.

Hydro Tasmania stands ready to help make Tasmania the Battery of the Nation as it looks to pursue the opportunity to double its clean renewable capacity and create plenty of extra renewable energy to help mainland Australia as coal power is phased out.

Hydro Tasmania at a glance

  • A Government Business Enterprise owned by the Tasmanian Government on behalf of the Tasmanian community, employing more than 1100 people.
  • The largest water manager in Australia.
  • Each year the business produces about 9000 gigawatt hours of clean electricity from hydropower – enough to power about 900,000 Australian homes and small businesses. 
  • The Tasmanian system has a total capacity of more than 2600 megawatts and includes 30 hydropower stations and more than 50 major dams.
  • The business also generates power from two wind farms and a gas-fired power station in northern Tasmania. 


Take a look here to find out more about Hydro Tasmania

Here’s where to find out more about Battery of the Nation

Contact name Cassandra Leigh
Phone 0409 722 359
Email cassandra.leigh@hydro.com.au
Website www.hydro.com.au

Latitude 40

Hobart company, Latitude Technologies works on energy solutions for the driest, most remote and harshest environments in the world.

Founder and principal engineer, Dr Antoine Guichard, has successfully taken on the challenge of developing renewable energy systems for the Australian Antarctic stations of Davis, Mawson and Casey in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division.

Dr Guichard has effectively installed and tested a self-sufficient solar hot water system at Davis Station, a pilot wind generator at Casey Station and a major system of wind turbines at Mawson Station.

“The issues in remote areas call for careful solutions. For maximum efficiency and environmental sensitivity, you need a mix of energy-generating systems that interact with each other through intelligent control systems. They have to be simple, to allow for shipping, and must be reliable because of difficulty of accessing spare parts”, he said.

Contact name Steve Mason
Phone 03 6359 2268
Email sales-info@latitude40.com.au
Website www.latitude.aq


Megavar is an Australian power engineering firm, headquartered in Tasmania. We specialise in high voltage design, installation, testing, commissioning and asset maintenance for our clients, and we offer a comprehensive test equipment rental service.

Our experienced engineers, project managers, designers and technicians will work closely with you to deliver quality outcomes across your power generation, transmission and distribution assets. We are able to mobilise at short notice and deliver projects and services anywhere in Australia and in the Pacific region. Our clients span utility, water, manufacturing, mining, transport, property, commercial and industrial sectors and include many of Tasmania's iconic food and beverage brands. We are third party certified to ISO9001, ISO14001 and AS4801 for our quality, environment and safety management systems. Megavar supports the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the annual Tasmanian Project Management Achievement Awards.

Contact name David Berry
Phone 1300 730 499
Email service@megavar.com.au
Website www.megavar.com.au

Northern Tasmania Development

NTD advances the interests and development of Northern Tasmania by facilitating and co-ordinating worthy economic and community initiatives, in conjunction with our eight northern shareholder Councils.

The Northern Tasmania projects of NTD are based around strategic planning, regional land-use planning, regional transport and infrastructure planning, and local government resource sharing initiatives. These projects allow us to work within the community and the region to develop and grow Northern Tasmania.

As projects are identified, NTD develops these projects to reflect the best outcomes for the community and the northern region.

We offer intelligence on developments within the area, and act as a springboard to further information for businesses wishing to invest. We also manage a number of projects which are either funded by our shareholder Councils, or by State and/or Federal Governments.

Contact name Derek Le Marchant
Phone 03 6380 6800
Email admin@northerntasmania.org.au
Website www.northerntasmania.org.au

PFG Group

The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products

The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products to the marine, aquaculture, mining, civil construction, industrial services and agriculture sectors. PFG also owns and operates Prairie Signs, Tasmania’s only statewide graphics company.
PFG currently has three factories in Tasmania and two in South Australia and we distribute products and services globally. Our head office is located on the waterfront in Goodwood and with factory/warehouse infrastructure exceeding 12,000 square metres, we have the facilities and logistical expertise to service the local Tasmania market while further expanding our national and international opportunities. PFG employ approximately 50 staff across all sites.

Contact name Rob Miley
Phone 03 6274 0222
Email robm@pfg-group.com.au
Website www.pfg-group.com.au

Read stories from our partners

Energy storage levels monitored

The long dry summer has impacted on Tasmania’s energy reserves, with storage levels down 11 per cent compared with the same time last year. Last month Tasmania imported three times more energy than it exported. The Energy Regulator is monitoring the situation closely, but said no additional action is required at this time. Some areas of the state recorded their driest January on record. In the meantime, Hydro Tasmania has confirmed the Tamar Valley Power Station is operating at full capacity. The public is also urged to be cautious about water usage. TasWater is currently reviewing its water resources around the state in light of the dry weather. It urges people to use this precious resource wisely, even if water restrictions are not in place in their area.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

Home batteries light up future

The potential for home battery systems to balance the supply of electricity, thereby replacing the reliance on large generators, is the focus of a research project valued at $1.8 million being led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Scientists will work with industry and international partners to develop the functionality of devices, such as home battery systems, to mimic the role large generators play in electricity supply. Currently, generators – including coal-fired power plants and hydro generators – work to sustain the balance in supplying electricity. Project lead and UTAS engineering researcher, Associate Professor Evan Franklin, said: “In Australia, there are currently about 50,000 batteries in homes, where two or three years ago there were practically none … Projections are one in five households will have a battery installed in the next 15 or so years.”

14 February 2019, Edition 202

Electricity back in black

Tasmania is powering again – literally. The state’s electricity exports are back in the black, being once again a net electricity exporter, largely fuelled by full dams and a surge in solar power usage. This is a dramatic reversal in fortunes from 2016. Two years ago Tasmania was in the midst of an energy crisis, sparked by a perfect storm of hydro dam levels falling to 12.8 per cent capacity due to record low rainfall and an extended outage of the Basslink power cable preventing electricity imports. The state responded by bringing in diesel generators to boost power supplies and recommissioning the Tamar Valley Power Station. The Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s recent annual report shows the amount of power produced across the network was 10 per cent higher than in the past two years, despite an increase in demand. It pointed to full dams which now sit at around 40 per cent capacity, and the growth of solar power.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Dam levels offer summer security

As we head into the summer months, Hydro Tasmania reports that the state’s lake storage is “very secure at 47.5 per cent full". Hydro’s Wholesale Energy Services Director, Gerard Flack, said: “This provides a very secure position with the drier months approaching…Winter and spring are typically our wettest seasons, during which storage levels generally increase. They are then typically naturally drawn down during summer and autumn ready for the next season’s rainfall.” Hydro says this year’s water storage is similar to the same time last year when lakes were 47.8 per cent full, and levels have been boosted by bumper rainfall in July. It is a far cry from 2015 -2016, when Hydro Tasmania’s dam storage levels dropped to critically low levels sparking concerns about an energy crisis.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Wind farm technology protects eagles

In an Australian first, a Tasmanian wind farm will employ cutting edge technology to help protect one of our most majestic creatures, the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle. The breakthrough science that will help prevent eagles from colliding with wind turbine blades will be installed at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm which is currently under construction in the Central Highlands. Goldwind Australia said it was installing the IdentiFlight aerial monitoring and detection system to help mitigate the wind farm’s impact on eagles. Managing Director, John Titchen, said the company, “understands the importance of balancing the need for clean renewable energy whilst protecting Tasmania’s unique wildlife, particularly the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle.” Goldwind Australia says the technology works within seconds to alert the system of an approaching eagle, resulting in the 16 mounted IdentiFlight detection monitors shutting down any of the 48 turbines as necessary.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Wave power on King Island

The powerful waters of Bass Strait have been earmarked for the first Tasmanian trial into wave energy. The $8 million trial will see a wave energy converter unit installed off King Island next year. The inventor, Wave Swell Energy, said the trial was a “commercial demonstration” which could lead to future wave energy farms in Tasmania. Chief executive, Dr Tom Denniss, told The Advocate that “this trial is designed to assess true commercial viability and from there we expand. A lot of Tasmania’s coastlines are good for wave energy. The whole west coast is excellent, as is the west coast of King Island and parts of the south-east coast.” The unit is expected to collect 200 kilowatts of energy from waves, which could supply power to 200 homes on King Island. Renewable energy is the world’s fastest growing energy source, and now accounts for 15 per cent of Australia’s total power supply.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

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Powering Tasmania’s future

Tasmania’s plan to become the ‘Battery of the Nation’ is moving closer to reality with a $500 million transformation of the Tarraleah Power Station on the cards.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Solar score for Low Head

Situated at the mouth of the Tamar River, Low Head could soon be Tasmania’s renewable energy capital after George Town Council unanimously approved a 12-hectare solar farm in the area. The solar farm will be built on land adjacent to the George Town airport. The 12.5-megawatt facility, with 16,000 solar panels, would provide power for up to 2,000 homes and is being developed by Epuron Solar. In February, Council also granted Epuron an extension to its Low Head Wind Farm approving 10 new turbines. Epuron Project Manager Shane Bartel told The Examiner that Low Head is an ideal location for renewable because it has plenty of sun and wind. Also proximity to the George Town Sub Station was a big plus, he added: “It provides greater efficiency for generation when located close to the substation.” Meantime Mayor Bridget Archer said the region would embrace being the “renewable energy capital of Tasmania” and was open to more future developments. Epuron is also hoping to develop a larger solar farm at Wesley Vale which could provide power for some 3,000 homes and contain about 40,000 panels. This development is currently being considered by Latrobe Council.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Stanley wind farm unveiled

A new wind farm has been proposed near Stanley in the wake of a decision by State and Federal governments to jointly fund a $20 million business case study into a second Bass Strait electricity inter-connector. The second cable will be needed for the $5 billion Battery of the Nation concept proposed for Tasmania by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Because of changing economics, private investors had announced new wind-energy projects at Wild Cattle Hill, Granville Harbour, Robbins Island/Jims Plain and Low Head before the Stanley project emerged in January. Sydney-based Epuron Projects is proposing up to 13 turbines on a cattle farm on the Stanley Peninsula, about 4k from the town. “The site is an exceptionally windy location in what is probably Australia’s windiest State,” Project Manager, Shane Bartel, said in material circulated to local residents. The project has potential for the highest energy yield per turbine in Australia and will connect to the Port Latta sub-station to supply renewable power to the National Electricity Market.” Mr Bartel said Epuron intended to “progress” a development application with the Circular Head Council in late 2018 and hoped to commence construction in 2019.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

Island gets renewables hub

Flinders Island has switched on a $13.38 million wind and solar hub which will supply on average 60 per cent of the island's power. Renewable supply could rise to 100 per cent when the weather is right. The picturesque island at the eastern end of Bass Strait is home to about 800 people who have previously depended on shipped-in diesel for power. The new hub uses sophisticated controls to manage a fluctuating mix of wind, solar and diesel power and is likely to be replicated in other remote Australian communities. The project was predominantly funded by Hydro Tasmania, with a $5.5 million contribution from the Federal Government's independent Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Similar hybrid technology has been installed on Tasmania's King Island, at Coober Pedy in South Australia, on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and at several smaller off-the-grid communities in the Northern Territory, but Flinders Island's system is the only one to have been built in shipping containers which were then taken to the island before being "plugged-in" to one another. There are plans to add tidal power to the Flinders Island mix over coming years and Hydro Tasmania's CEO, Steve Davy, said there was international interest in the project.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

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