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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Hardwick Processors Proprietary Limited


    Kyneton, Victoria

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    28 February 2022

    End date

    31 July 2025

  • Project Partners
    Energy and Thermal Services, EPS Consultants


Hardwick Processors will install a 1 MW (thermal) high lift heat pump at the Hardwick Meat Works meat processing plant in Kyneton, Victoria.


Low temperature (~80°C) industrial process heat (i.e. hot water) applications are among the most accessible to supply with renewable energy. Heat pumps operate in this range and can be powered with renewable electricity. However, significant barriers exist to uptake, including:

  • the need (in some cases) for increased electrical supply capacity
  • low awareness and capability among technical service providers
  • high capital cost of equipment compared with incumbent gas-fired boilers
  • a need to operate at high capacity factors, often using thermal storage, to achieve an acceptable economic return.

This project aims to address these barriers and reduce the perceived risk of using renewable energy in this way.


The project will demonstrate heat pump technology powered by renewable energy to manage industrial process heat demand. The heat pump will deliver hot water at a planned 75°C to satisfy the majority of the heat demand for the 82°C hot water circuit. The heat pump installation will use existing on-site renewable energy supply infrastructure of 2.5 MW solar PV and a 2 MWh battery energy storage system. The project will make use of existing thermal energy storage in the form of approximately 150,000 litre hot water storage tanks. The project will also upgrade the Hardwick Meatworks electrical supply system.


The heat pump will displace around 33,000 GJ p.a. of natural gas which represents more than 75% of the current gas consumption at Hardwick Meat Works.

Last updated 31 January 2023


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In rural Victoria, a heat pump hot water system trial and revamped power supply could see a company cut its energy and utility costs by more than $500,000 per year.

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