AUSTRALIA: A concept which reuses the energy in air conditioning unit condensate has won a major Australian technology competition.

Melbourne-based Independent Products’ Energy Reclaim Kit captures and uses waste condensate water to pre-chill air and gas simultaneously. In hot and humid environments, the Australian manufacturer claims it is capable of making energy savings of up to 40%, typically with a payback under 5 years.

The Energy Reclaim Kit won Company of the Year at this year’s Australian Technology Competition, as well as being named winner of the competition’s Smart Cities category.

Capable of being retrofitted to any split or ducted system, the unit has no moving parts or electronics, and installation takes less than 90 minutes.

Developed over the last 10 years, the concept is now backed by leading investors and has established manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and Queensland.

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