The Vinnies CEO Sleepout Looks Different for Team Ampcontrol in 2022

2022 is Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson’s third year participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. But this year come 23 June, Rod won’t be the only person from Ampcontrol braving the cold. Rod has invited the entire Senior Leadership Team of Ampcontrol to join him!

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness.

More than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe and secure place to live, including an increasing number of young people and older women.

Of those people experiencing homelessness in Australia, around 8,200 ‘sleep rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or outdoors. But the majority of people facing homelessness are living in cars, on the couches of friends or family, or in overcrowded, temporary or unsuitable accommodation or caravan parks.

Team Ampcontrol will be roughing it on Thursday 23 June 2022, and they’re setting the bold goal of raising $50,000 to support our homeless.

You can find out more about Team Ampcontrol and help make a difference by visiting their fundraising page here.

Ampcontrol GM Accepts Honorary Commander Award

Ampcontrol Executive General Manager – Innovation & Service Warwick Sommer was presented with his ‘Honorary Commander’ certificate from former Commanding Officer of 3CRU, WGCDR Simon Wildermuth, to commemorate their partnership over the past 2 years.

The Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN) was formed in 2015 by a passionate group of Hunter Business leaders and volunteers as a single-purpose community support and advocacy group focused on improving the lifestyle of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families whilst posted to the Hunter Region.

The HDSN’s Honorary Commanders’ are recognised business leaders; enthusiastic supporters of the ADF who find resources to accomplish the objectives of the program and invest two years of time and effort. At the completion of the two years, they remain as an ongoing supporters of the program.

Warwick Sommer was both humbled and honoured to receive this as the first honorary commander from Ampcontrol.

This is another first for Ampcontrol and we look forward to continuing our support of the HDSN in our local communities.

Ampcontrol Supporting Endangered Koala Community

We have strengthened our long term community support of Port Stephens Koala Hospital with the purchase of critical clinical equipment to treat, rehabilitate and protect endangered koalas across the Hunter and Mid North Coast region of NSW.

The game-changing veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipment includes a Catalyst One Chemistry Analyser with VetLab Station Computer vital to conducting an accurate and comprehensive analysis of organ function and a ProCyte DX Haematology Analyser vital to conducting complete blood counts for screening, presurgical testing and general check-ups.

Managing Director and CEO, Rod Henderson commented on the impact the new equipment will have on the koala population now and into the future, “Port Stephens Koala Hospital have been a presence in the Hunter community for 35 years and as long standing supporters of the organisation, we are thrilled to be able to provide game-changing equipment.”

Conditions such as dehydration, kidney failure and chlamydia, which is considered a major driver behind the rapid decrease in koala numbers, can now be diagnosed in under 30 minutes.Through immediate and accurate diagnosis hospital staff and volunteers can treat injured and ill koalas quicker, ensuring a higher chance of be able to release them to the wild and the breeding pool in the future.

Port Stephens Koala Hospital President Ron Land was effusive in his appreciation of the continuing support, commenting that the the donation enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art blood and organ specimen analysers which have already shown to be instrumental in saving koala lives.

“Port Stephens Koala Hospital is extremely proud of its relationship with one of the Hunter Region’s most respected firms and looks forward to continuing to work with Ampcontrol in the fight to save one of the last surviving colonies of koalas in NSW” added Mr Land.

Before the arrival of the equipment, valued at over $70,000, the veterinary team at Port Stephens Koala Hospital would be faced with waiting up to 2 weeks to receive lab results from external providers, which significantly impacted survival rates along with repeated and longer sedation of the koalas to obtain samples.

Formed in 1987, the Port Stephens Koala Hospital aims to provide the world best practice level of care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas to give them the best opportunity to be returned to the wild, while supporting research and collaboration to preserve their habitat to ensure generations to come will continue to enjoy seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.

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Ampcontrol Showcases the Hunter’s Renewable Energy Manufacturing Strength to Japan’s Investment Leaders

With continued interest growing in Japan for the Hunter’s manufacture of product supporting decarbonisation, yesterday Ampcontrol welcomed a delegate group from Japan to showcase our renewable Energy solutions. The delegate group included Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to Japan, Mike Newman, the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Shingo Yamagami, and the Japanese Consul General in Sydney, Kiya Masahiko who all visited our Tomago site.

Welcoming the delegation to Ampcontrol, Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson said it was fantastic to showcase the capabilities of the Hunter Region to manufacture energy devices to key global decision-makers who are passionate and drive for decarbonisation.

Mr Henderson spoke on the importance of putting the Hunter on the map for renewable technology design and development, “To be able to work in partnership with Investment NSW and Business Hunter to showcase our region’s capabilities, on a global scale is an incredible opportunity for Ampcontrol.”

“On Monday we had the privilege to introduce our range of innovative products designed as renewable energy solutions. Our region is making significant advancements with not only the manufacture of hydrogen and solar product, but the design of these is also taking place right here in the Hunter,” Mr Henderson continued.

“Through partnerships like ours with the University of Newcastle, critical in creating opportunity for R&D businesses such as ResTech, the highly skilled expertise of our region and our cutting-edge technology and energy solutions now have the opportunity to be on the world stage.”

On display was our Battery Electric Vehicle, DriftEx, purpose-designed for supporting the mining industry’s move to electrify, our LAVO hydrogen storage system which has recently been supported by State Government funding to move into a mass production stage, Gilghi, our off-grid water purification system for remote communities, and the award-winning Solar Qube, designed and delivered by Boundary Power a joint venture organisation focused on innovative Stand-Alone Power Systems.

The visit has reconfirmed the opportunity for the Hunter in growing the region’s expertise and capabilities in the renewables sector. Confirmation that internationally the region is being noticed for its strength in the diversification of trade, specifically for technology product that supports decarbonisation, enabling a gateway to new industries and resources.

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to Japan, Mike Newman commenting that “Significant interest exists in how the Hunter region is making its move to scaled renewables and clean energy like hydrogen as a baseload alternative to coal. Japan is very interested in the journey the Hunter is on to support a transition to a clean energy economy.”

Learn more about our range of renewable energy solutions LAVO, Solar Cube, Gilghi and DriftEx.

Sustainability in Ampcontrol

The Mackay Service team have been enjoying clean energy and reduced power bills since a 99-Kilowatt solar PV system was installed on the rooftop and switched on in February this year.

As a leader in electrical engineering and with greater expansion into renewable energy solutions, there was the need to look internally at Ampcontrol business practices and how we can improve our own sustainable practices.

Originally planned and designed internally by CPS and the Mackay team, with a local electrical contractor performing the installation, the project took advantage of our internal expertise and our external supplier relationships.

Key Stats on the Project:

  • Rooftop solar array consisting of 256 x 390-watt Jinko PV panels
  • Generating an estimated 120,000 kWh per annum of renewable energy
  • Accounting for 45% of total site power requirements
  • Avoiding up to 85 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum, or approximately 1.3% of Ampcontrol’s total carbon emissions

The success of this project shows the impact of how expanding to renewable options can have both a positive economical impact and delivers fantastic sustainability outcomes.

Click here to learn more about our renewable solutions and stand alone power systems.

UON Students present to Ampcontrol CEO

Ampcontrol has again in 2021 had the opportunity to provide a real-world product and organisation to be incorporated into the University of Newcastle’s Innovation and Entrepreneur course.

As part of the course students were asked to identify problems and project innovations on the product of Solar Cube, developed and delivered to market by Boundary Power, an Ampcontrol joint venture company.

On Thursday the 21st of October, Ampcontrol engineers and executives had the pleasure of listening to the 2021 cohort of students as they presented their final report and findings on Boundary Power and Solar Cube.

The groups presentations were the culmination of the student’s time in the capstone course and saw each group pitch their solutions to Ampcontrol senior leaders and CEO, Rod Henderson. As a final year course, this can also be seen as the practical application of everything a student has learnt through-out their business degree.

This years’ engagement with the University and its Innovation and Entrepreneur students is the second opportunity that Ampcontrol has had to be involved. In 2020, Ampcontrol offered the Gilghi project, an innovative water treatment plant to be used in regional and remote communities that have limited access to water, as the product for research.

Ampcontrol has a long-standing relationship with the University and is an advocate for innovative learning. Ampcontrol prides itself in working with the UoN to give students practical experiences working on real world innovative products and developing a stronger connection to the wider Newcastle community.

Key to the success of the course is the partnership and joint investment by both UoN and Ampcontrol’s team. Ampcontrol’s Chief Technology Officer, Tim Wylie, Learning & Development Specialist, Mikhaila Halford and Academic Garry Haworth came together to enable the opportunity. The partnership and engagement from both UoN and Ampcontrol is what allows the students to achieve their success.

A great opportunity for the future innovators who were involved, all who can be confident in their abilities. Congratulations to each of the students of University of Newcastle’s Innovation and Entrepreneur course on a very successful program. Well done!

Lear more about how Ampcontrol provides graduates with hands-on, practical experience in the Ampcontrol Graduate Program.

Ampcontrol Energising the Newcastle Jets for success with major sponsorship

Ampcontrol has signed on to support the Newcastle Jets as Major Sponsor for the upcoming 2021/2022 Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Energising the team when they play across the country, the brand will be proudly represented on the front of the Newcastle Jets away-game jersey. The upcoming season is set to launch at the Jets home ground, Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 21st November.

The first Major Sponsorship for Ampcontrol, the alignment with The Newcastle Jets and the A-League is fitting. Ampcontrol, junior Football clubs across Australia, the Newcastle Jets and the A-League are all looking to the future.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson said “Like our people, we have a great connection to community and sport, and we are proud to be supporting the Newcastle Jets as they move into a new era of growth and possibilities. What a great time it is for Football in Australia.’

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Ampcontrol Co-Founder receives 2021 UON Alumni Award

Peter Cockbain AM, Co-Founder of Ampcontrol, is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence in the University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Awards.

The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence recognises outstanding leadership, knowledge, and professional practice – the highest honour of the University’s Alumni Excellence Awards.

Peter is a distinguished innovator, entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist, and one of Australia’s most highly regarded and influential engineers. In 2010, Engineers Australia named Peter one of Australia’s 100 Engineering Leaders of the past century. In 2015 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant services to engineering.

Under Peter Cockbain’s leadership, Ampcontrol has maintained strong ties with the University of Newcastle’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment, including supporting undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, internships, lecturing and tutoring, and funding of a Chair in Power Engineering.

Peter acknowledges that the University of Newcastle has been extremely important to his career and to the growth of Ampcontrol.

On winning the Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence, Peter Cockbain AM said, “It is a great honour and surprise to receive a University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Award, amid the hundreds of thousands of members of the Alumni. I sincerely thank the University of Newcastle for this acknowledgement.”

The long list of high profile national, state and regional awards Ampcontrol has received for its innovation, design and technology is a testament to Peter’s founding philosophies set down in 1968 on the dirt floor of the shed in suburban Jesmond, when Ampcontrol was originally established.

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Ampcontrol named on Fortunes 2021 Change the World list

Ampcontrol and Aurecon have been recognised in Fortune Magazine’s Change the World List for 2021 for our joint project Gilghi. The list recognises companies that have had measurable social impact, with key consideration to the benefit that the socially impactful work brings to the company and how innovative the company’s efforts are, relative to the wider industry.

Gilghi is an innovative solution that seeks to provide remote and regional communities with clean drinking water. While groundwater is abundant in Australia, it is undrinkable due to high salinity, mineral content and the high cost of desalination. Remote and regional communities like the Gillen Bore community which until Gilghi’s installation in 2019 relied on the continued truck transport of potable water due to the high salinity, hardness and low pH levels found in their existing bore water, now have a low cost, solar powered water treatment plant the size of a shipping container that can process up to 250,000 litres of water a day.

Utilising a stand-alone hybrid power supply consisting of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, a back-up diesel generator and battery storage, Gilghi is designed to be a renewable energy solution that can stand up to the demanding environmental conditions experienced within the isolated communities in which it is deployed.

The first Gilghi system, in the Northern Territory hamlet of Gillen Bore, has now been running successfully for two years with virtually no downtime. Its creators aim to re-create the system in other drought-stricken areas, in regions with contaminated groundwater, and in island communities

Gilghi, designed to improve the accessibility of clean drinking water within remote communities meets all key criteria for the recognition listing.

Gilghi along with other award-winning Ampcontrol projects such as Solar Cube, represent Ampcontrol’s commitment to challenging existing conditions through innovation, while working with integrity to make good decisions for our customers, our business and each other.

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ResTech Work Integrated Learning interns nominated for Student of the Year Award.

ResTech is a joint venture between Ampcontrol and the University of Newcastle. Our teams at ResTech provide research and development and innovative product development solutions in electrical and electronic engineering.

We bridge the gap between academia and industry, and offer opportunities for students at the University to undertake Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects.

We are delighted to announce our nomination of two of our most recent ResTech WIL students, Tiana Leck (Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours), and Jialing Chen (Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering, (Honours), for the University of Newcastle 2021 Employability Excellence Awards, Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year Award.

Both Tiana and Jialing demonstrated exceptional ability during their tenure at ResTech, Ampcontrol Technology and Ampcontrol Group Engineering; they worked toward addressing real-world solutions in the engineering sector.

Jialing’s focus was to investigate safety performance in gas detection technology in an underground mining environment. Jialing researched and designed several experiments and carried out testing on the apparatus that she constructed specifically for this purpose. In addition, Jialing explored an emerging gas detection technology platform based on the integration of a laser beam. Both of Jialing’s research projects were influential in identifying future product design decisions for Ampcontrol’s gas monitor product suite.

Tiana’s WIL projects were multifaceted and based on her interest into Ampcontrol’s ICU Emergency Ventilator, designed, and manufactured in 2020 for NSW Health.

During her industry placement with ResTech, Tiana helped to design a Biomedical Engineering STEM program for secondary school students, focusing on Ampcontrol’s ventilators and the engineering design process. Tiana developed educational content for the Higher School sector that included multimedia instructional materials and experiments directed at solving real-world problems. The content developed as part of Tiana’s WIL placement is now published and used across NSW High Schools.

Tiana also articulated the Biomedical Engineering regulatory ecosystem and taxonomy for Ampcontrol. Through her research, she effectively demystified this industry sector and supported Ampcontrol business decision around its involvement in the Biomedical industry.

The Awards showcase the students, staff and community partners that inspire excellence in the chosen field and all facets of employability development including the University’s industry, community, and business collaborators.

Award achievers will be announced on Thursday 18 November.

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