Sustainable Energy Industry Support Centre (SEISC)

Housed within the Barbara Hardy Institute, the Sustainable Energy Industry Support Centre (SEISC) was established to build on current expertise in solar thermal techniques and to actively develop new innovations with industry to expand the use of renewable energy. The centre provides independent advice and extensive computer modelling to government departments involved in the promotion, growth and regulation of solar thermal applications.

Through physical testing and product development, the centre supports solar hot water applications and local manufacturers and importers of solar systems and monitoring services in Australia. Researchers are also working on projects to commercialise solar heating and solar cooling systems.

Testing and consultancy services currently offered include:

For further information please contact Raymond Liddle

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R & D for solar thermal technologies

The Barbara Hardy Institute provides R & D activities with a focus on the improvement of the performance and reduction in costs of existing components and systems currently available on the market. For example a current project is the development of an integrated solar powered hot water plus space dehumidification/cooling and heating system. Also the team has developed products for commercialisation such as a roof-integrated solar space heating, a new generation of solar lights and phase change storage systems for heating and cooling applications.

For more information please contact Raymond Liddle

Testing of solar and heat pump water heaters

Solar and heat pump water heaters play an important role in meeting the Australian Government's Renewable Energy Target (RET). The test facility at Mawson Lakes campus has been developed to provide product development and validation of solar and heat pump water heating technologies to industry and government. 

Our test reports are accepted by SAI Global, Global Mark, Australian Gas Association, Oceana, Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and Sustainability Victoria. 

Our test facility is designed to:

  • Evaluate the thermal performance of flat plate and evacuated tube solar collectors to AS/NZS2535.1:2007;
  • Determine heat losses from hot water storage tanks to AS/NZS4692:2005;
  • Test performance solar water heaters to AS/NZS2712:2007;
  • Test performance of heat pump water heaters to AS/NZS5125.1:2010 in a balanced ambient calorimeter room.

For more information please contact Raymond Liddle

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Calculation of energy savings of solar and heat pump water heaters

The Barbara Hardy Institute offers TRNSYS services for both calculating and auditing of energy savings assigned to solar and heat pump water heating systems in a form of the Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC's) to government organisations such as the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and Sustainability Victoria and industry. This is in accordance to AS/NZS4234:2008, as specified by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and Sustainability Victoria.

For more information please contact Raymond Liddle

Testing of air conditioning systems in a balanced ambient calorimeter room

For companies seeking a competitive edge in the marketing of their products, the ability to provide actual thermal capacity of their technologies in real-life conditions represents a distinct advantage.

The Barbara Hardy Institute's calorimeter room test facility enables direct measurement of the cooling and heating capacity of air conditioners. Air conditioners with a cooling capacity of up to 12kW can be tested. Ambient temperatures within the calorimeter room can be controlled to 0.1oC (dry and wet bulb) and within a temperature range of -10oC dry bulb to 65oC dry bulb. The test is conducted in accordance with AS/NZS3823:1998. The test facility can also be used for research, product development, star label check testing, supplier check testing and dispute resolution.

For more information please contact Raymond Liddle

Thermal resistance rating of building elements

With the Barbara Hardy Institute's in house test facilities, researchers are capable of identifying the thermal characteristics of existing building elements for research into Advanced building systems for Low Energy Buildings.

For more information please contact Martin Belusko

Areas of study and research

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