Energy and heat demand assessment (2018-19)

Energy and heat demand assessment (2018-19)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation


Project title:
Energy and heat demand assessment
Description of the project:

The Stanhope factory located in northern Victoria, has been undergoing transformational change over the last 2 years as the site rebuilds cheese manufacturing capability following a fire in late 2014.
Cheese manufacturing was reinstated at the site in July 2017 with commissioning of the new infrastructure occurring over the last 12 months. A second tranche to the site upgrade is currently underway with the modernisation of various infrastructure aligning with a long-term interest for the factory to introduce renewable energy to support site services.
This project would analyse the use of energy and heat across the Stanhope site to identify trends among the equipment involved in production, establish baseline demands and identify opportunities for supporting site services with renewable thermal and/or energy supply.
The project scope is likely to include the following tasks:
* Develop a Process Flow Diagram for the site and map utility requirements for all processing areas.
* Determine baseline electrical and thermal demand for the site including time of use profiles
* Identify opportunities for process and/or utility optimisation and integration
* Overlay energy generation technology options (solar/thermal PV)

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Location:
Stanhope, north central regional Victoria
Description of the project:

The Stanhope factory located in northern Victoria, has been undergoing transformational change over the last 2 years as the site rebuilds cheese manufacturing capability following a fire in late 2014.
Cheese manufacturing was reinstated at the site in July 2017 with commissioning of the new infrastructure occurring over the last 12 months. A second tranche to the site upgrade is currently underway with the modernisation of various infrastructure aligning with a long-term interest for the factory to introduce renewable energy to support site services.
This project would analyse the use of energy and heat across the Stanhope site to identify trends among the equipment involved in production, establish baseline demands and identify opportunities for supporting site services with renewable thermal and/or energy supply.
The project scope is likely to include the following tasks:
* Develop a Process Flow Diagram for the site and map utility requirements for all processing areas.
* Determine baseline electrical and thermal demand for the site including time of use profiles
* Identify opportunities for process and/or utility optimisation and integration
* Overlay energy generation technology options (solar/thermal PV)

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims:

Students will be required to develop recommendations for the site on the following:
* Identify energy-intensive sub-processes or operations and suggest recommendations as to how the site can reduce its energy usage per tonne of product.
* Process and/or utility optimisation opportunities
* Utility areas at site that could be serviced by Renewable Energy to displace use of grid power

Faculty or Department:
Engineering
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Sector:
Manufacturing
Employment Type:
Scholarship

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2018 to end of February 2019.

Selection Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2018 through to February 2019 - you must be enrolled as a full time student during this period.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period.
Duration:
12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
4
Application process:

A cover letter and current CV are mandatory requirements of the application process.

Your cover letter should state the following information in a clear and concise manner:

  • why this project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of your experience either through work, study or other interests to support your application
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Prior to applying for this opportunity please consider the location of the project. Stanhope is situated in north central regional Victoria located approximately 198kms from Melbourne CBD. You will be required to live away from home in shared facilities for the duration of the project therefore your own transport will be required.

  • Suitable local shared accommodation + an appropriate travel allowance will be provided.

Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company. Our Australian business is one of our largest and operates 6 manufacturing sites with 1,800 employees providing Australians the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
Fonterra Australia will collect approximately 2 billion litres of milk from more than 1300 dairy farms in 2018/19. This milk is processed across 6 manufacturing plants in Victoria and Tasmania to produce world class dairy products for Australian and international markets.

https://www.gardinerfoundation.com.au/miti/