Innovative school energy project in Victoria

STELR Renewable Energy equipment was featured at the launch of a new Year 10 program at Patterson River Secondary College in Victoria last week.

Under the program, Year 10 students will be given the opportunity to explore subjects including electricity systems, solar generation, battery storage, data collection and analysis.

As part of this initiative, the school library will also be upgraded to become an ‘energy laboratory’, where energy data measured by sensors can be studied by students.

Students will use data sources to make recommendations to the school to reduce energy wastage whilst attempting to maximise student comfort levels.

College Principal Daniel Dew said that “Patterson River SC is pursuing the target of being an energy provider for both itself and members of the community in a manner that will allow students to coordinate elements of the business.” 

The school has been working with Prof Michael Breer from The University of Melbourne and Dr Iain Jennings from 1Circle to develop a pilot community energy model for Victorian schools.

Patterson River Secondary College students demonstrating STELR equipment to Principal, Daniel Dew, Minister Lily D' Ambrosio and Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny.

Patterson River Secondary College students demonstrating STELR equipment to Principal, Daniel Dew, Minister Lily D' Ambrosio and Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny.

In launching the program, the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said:

"This initiative will help to educate the next generation of energy professionals and create pathways for students into careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency and new energy technologies."

Earlier this year Patterson River SC purchased the STELR Renewable Energy materials to incorporate into the program, thereby giving students strong grounding in the science behind both wind and solar energy.