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HIVVE – Sustainable Modular Classrooms

  • $368k

    ARENA Funding

  • $736k

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Eastern Portable Buildings

    Start Date

    Nov 2017

    Project Partners

    NA

    Location

    Holsworthy

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Eastern Portable Buildings

Start Date

Nov 2017

Project Partners

NA

Location

Holsworthy

Status

Current

Eastern Portable Buildings (EPB) has developed a portable modular classroom called HIVVE. The project aims to actively manage energy demands and control indoor environment quality. The 12-month trial will involve the construction and installation of a single HIVVE classroom including a monitoring and evaluation period.

Area of innovation

HIVVE presents an opportunity to incorporate solar PV and energy management into a modular classroom. This opportunity may set a standard for uptake within the education sector more broadly.

At present portable classrooms represent a large portion of school buildings. Based on EPB estimates, portable classrooms have a useful life of up to 50 years. With potential Australian education systems looking to replace existing portable classrooms, this may represent an opportunity to provide a long-term energy efficient option (compared to currently available options).

Benefit

The HIVVE classroom incorporates solar PV generation, real time energy metering, C02 metering, data capture and communications to the overall function.

Each HIVVE classroom has the potential to generate enough electricity to power itself and two other classrooms in the school. Therefore, as a comparison,

  • the energy consumption for 3 regular non HIVVE classrooms is 11,400 KWh per year (baseline comparison).
  • the energy consumption for 3 classrooms when 1 of the classroom is a HIVVE classroom is 0.
  • When all 3 classrooms are HIVVE classrooms, there is an estimated net energy generation of 22,800 KWh (7,600 KWh per classroom) per year (ie export).

Therefore, in the instance where 3 HIVVE classrooms are installed, instead of one classroom consuming 3,800 KWh per year, that one classroom will now generate 7,600 KWh per year.

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Contact information

Richard Doyle

richard.doyle@hivve.com.au