The grant from the country’s renewable energy agency ARENA will allow Hivve Technology, which has developed a portable solar-powered classroom (pictured), to undertake pilot projects in two locations in New South Wales.
The portable classrooms incorporate PV generation, real-time energy metering, CO2 metering, data capture and communications to manage energy demand and control indoor environment quality.
On average, a regular classroom consumes around 3.8 MWh per year, ARENA said. Each solar-powered classroom can generate enough electricity to power itself and two other classrooms, with a net generation of 7.6 MWh per year.
One classroom is expected to save a school around AUD3000 in annual energy costs.
The two pilot classrooms are being trialled for a year at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School in a suburb of Sydney and at Dapto High School in Dapto.
Ivor Frischknecht, ARENA CEO, said that if successful, the project “could lead to a nation-wide adoption of the modular classrooms, reducing reliance on the grid”.