The home of energy innovation
By 2030, worldwide energy consumption is expected to increase by around 40%.
This future will be powered by the renewable energy solutions innovative businesses of today are already working on – and how these innovations work together will determine how sustainable this future will be.
Tonsley Innovation District has established a unique position in Australia, amassing a co-located cluster of organisations in the renewable energy and cleantech sector. World-leading innovators such as Tesla and GFG Alliance’s SIMEC Energy Australia and ZEN Energy are already thinking, designing, creating and collaborating within the 61-hectare precinct. With the support of research from on-site tertiary institutions, these businesses are at the forefront of cleantech and renewable energy innovation, working alongside one another to develop and launch the breakthroughs which will power tomorrow’s planet.
Tonsley invites you to join these innovators in seizing new opportunities together.
As a 61-hectare collaborative playground for innovators with over 30 businesses
and over 100 members of the two co-working spaces on-site, many organisations
across the renewable energy supply chain have seen the value of working together
within Tonsley’s unique environment.
SIMEC Energy Australia and ZEN Energy are Australia’s first 100% renewable energy utility providers and developer of energy storage technology.
Tesla manage a service hub at Tonsley that allows technicians to monitor and service the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, their Supercharger stations installed across the state, residential Powerwall installations and Tesla vehicles.
SAGE is Australia’s leading provider of industrial automation and control services, with specialist skills in defence, infrastructure, manufacturing and utilities.
AZZO is a provider of energy management, electrical engineering and industrial automation services to over 15 countries.
Phoenix Contact is a global leader in electrical engineering and automation, offering over 60,000 products worldwide.
Siemens Tonsley Service Centre maintains turbomachinery such as wind, gas and steam turbines and compressors for energy and resources sectors.
EfficientSee partner with businesses to improve their energy and project efficiencies, allowing them to gain financial, social and environmental benefits.
Flinders University’s College of Science and Engineering offers accredited courses and teaching, research and consulting in a range of highly relevant fields.
Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub works with onsite manufacturers to promote the application of Industry 4.0, robotics, automation and cloud-based production systems.
TAFE SA has consolidated all construction and sustainable industries trade training under the one roof at Tonsley. It is training more than 5,000 student per year in next generation sustainable construction.
Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence Training Facility is a fully-simulated centre providing training to operation and maintenance staff for leading petroleum companies and suppliers.
Current special projects and research opportunities at Tonsley include:
District Energy Scheme
A centralised District Energy Scheme will be delivered at Tonsley by Enwave Energy. This will incorporate up to 5MW of on-site renewable power generation from rooftop solar PV, battery storage and smart metering technologies. The District Energy Scheme will generate at least 30% of Tonsley’s energy demand, including business and residential, from renewable sources.
Hydrogen Production and Distribution Facility
An Australian first, Hydrogen Park SA, delivered by the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group will utilise a 1.25MW Siemens electrolyser to produce 100% pure hydrogen from electricity. The only by-product from this process will be 100% pure oxygen. The power-to-gas demonstration plant will play a crucial role in demonstrating how electrolysers can be integrated into electricity networks and paves the way for the commercial deployment of a hydrogen economy in Australia.
Autonomous vehicle trials
As part of the South Australian Government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund, two autonomous vehicle trials are currently taking place at Tonsley testing last-mile transport applications.
The Aurrigo Pod, a four seater driverless vehicle, is being trialled within common spaces of the MAB at Tonsley for cargo and passengers.
The Navya Arma is an eight seater shuttle that will transport passengers around Tonsley via the road network. It will be charged by renewable energy at the Solar Garage.
Tonsley is Australia’s leading innovation district, designed to become a sustainable community in which the innovators of today and tomorrow can connect and share knowledge, pioneering the future.
Tonsley will continue to grow. It will bring more of the renewable energy and cleantech sector together, across production, storage, distribution and usage. It will connect businesses within the district with each other, encouraging chance encounters and collaboration. Capitalising on Tonsley’s expanding international reputation and network businesses will also gain exposure and influence in global markets.
As more entrepreneurial organisations join the district, Tonsley will cement its position as Australia’s Future Energy Hub.
A large number of oragnisations from the renewable energy and cleantech sector have already established at Tonsley. This will only grow in the coming years.
Let us help put you at the forefront of the renewable energy and cleantech sector. With accommodation still available alongside our current collaborators, the opportunity is waiting for you at Tonsley.
The first step in considering whether Tonsley is a good fit for your organisation, and indeed whether your organisation is a good fit for the Tonsley community, is to complete our Suitability Assessment.
Tonsley’s focus sectors relate to the industry clustering concept of ‘related variety’ that finds a balance between similarities and differences amongst the businesses in the district. Simple and quick to complete, the Suitability Assessment plays a big part in this.