Date:July 7, 2020

This Giant Water Battery Will Help Australian University Save $100 Million

Standing three-stories high and helping the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, this giant water battery is going to reach its goal to be carbon neutral by 2025

A university in Australia plans to become carbon neutral by 2025 and to achieve this target, it has installed a huge water battery that stands three stories high. This University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland has installed this battery in September last year as an experiment that turned out to be quite successful and the battery is already producing enough energy to power the campus’ air conditioning systems, reducing its reliance on the grid by more than 40%, reported New Atlas. This giant battery has power from 6,000 solar panels across the carparks and rooftops of the campus’s buildings and it is expected to save about $100 million electricity costs for over the next 25 years and to prevent around 100,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. This project was even recognized even from the Global District Energy Climate Awards for its outstanding results and the winner was in the Out of the Box category.


As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the university’s infrastructure and energy manager, who received the award in Iceland, Dennis Frost, said: “Universities have a very large energy footprint and we wanted to tackle that and reduce that expense. The project provides great fodder for teaching students about using solar power since it is a real-world example of a renewable energy source cutting down on emissions and saving money. I think it is exciting because we have the opportunity to teach the younger generation that the environmental challenges that are faced by the planet can be solved.

The University of the Sunshine Coast partnered with a French transnational company that specializes in water and energy management funded and engineered the battery called Veolia, to create an enormous battery. Veolia and the university wanted to take advantage of the region’s abundant sunshine and to cut down on the air conditioning systems’ outsized reliance on the grid, New Atlas reported.

Chief Operating Officer Scott Snyder in a university press release, said: “The University of the Sunshine Coast has a plan to be completely carbon neutral by 2025, which is a challenge to any budget because it requires significant changes to the way energy is captured and consumed. So, we really did have to think out of the box, and by forming a partnership with Veolia, we were able to negotiate a 10-year plan that suited us both and delivered major energy savings to the University.

Queensland, in the northeast corner of Australia and home to the Great Barrier Reef, has been setting a good example with its use of solar panels recently. According to the Queensland Energy Minister Anthony Lynham, the region has ramped up their production so much that it’s generating twice as much energy from solar panels as the state’s biggest power station. Queensland has 30 solar farms, their power coupled with solar panels on homes and businesses produced 4,000 megawatts of power. By contrast, the region’s largest power plant produced 1,680 megawatts of power.

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast