Ampcontrol Showcases Solutions Supporting the Energy Transition to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of executives from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) together with the Committee for the Hunter at our Tomago, NSW site.

As part of exploring clean tech commercialisation opportunities in the Hunter Region, the visit included a site tour, viewing several the innovative solutions designed, developed, and manufactured by #PeopleOfAmpcontrol that support the energy transition to hydrogen, solar and electrified products.

We were able to showcase our Battery Electric Vehicle, DriftEx, purpose-designed for supporting the mining industry’s move to electrification; LAVO hydrogen storage system, Gilghi, an off-grid water purification system for remote communities; and the award-winning Solar Qube, designed and delivered by Boundary Power, our joint venture with Horizon Power.

The visit to our site was part of the CEFC’s two-day tour of the Hunter organised by the Committee for the Hunter, and included visits to Port of Newcastle, Orica, and The Melt. The tour demonstrated the challenges and opportunities associated with the Hunter’s energy and economic transition, and what support industry and businesses require to deliver national commitments for Net Zero and clean energy.

Ampcontrol supports the energy transition and was pleased to be a part of the CEFS’s tour of the Hunter, which provided an opportunity for further collaboration between businesses, government, and industry to support a net-zero carbon environment.

Ampcontrol Amps Up Support of the Newcastle Jets Signing as Major Partner of Women’s A-League

Ampcontrol has strengthened its commitment to powering the Newcastle Jets by becoming a Major Partner of both the Newcastle Jets Men and Women A-League Teams.

The 2022/23 Liberty A-League season marks the first year Ampcontrol has supported the Women’s League. As part of our involvement, the Ampcontrol logo will be proudly displayed on the back of the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s playing jersey.

The 2022/23 Liberty A-League season is already underway, and the Newcastle Jets will proudly display Ampcontrol on the back of their playing jersey for the first time as they take on Perth Glory at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday 3 December 2022 during their first home game of the season.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, is excited to see Ampcontrol expand their ongoing support of the Newcastle Jets.

“Sport has always been important to the community and we’re amped to see women’s sporting teams get the recognition and support they deserve. As Ampcontrol continues to strive for innovation, expanding into new industries, the opportunity to expand our support of the Newcastle Jets Football Club to be a Major Partner of the Women’s League was a no brainer,” says Mr Henderson.

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Amped Up: Ampcontrol Energising the Newcastle Jets for 2022/23 Season

Ampcontrol is excited to announce we are supporting the Newcastle Jets as a Major Sponsor for the upcoming 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season, signalling our second consecutive year of partnership.

As part of our involvement with the Jets, the Ampcontrol logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the Newcastle Jets A-League Men’s Away and alternate playing jersey.

The 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season kicks off this weekend with the Newcastle Jets proudly displaying Ampcontrol on the front of their Away jersey as they take on the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, is excited for the second year of partnership between Ampcontrol and the Newcastle Jets.

“We’re amped to be alongside this great club, supporting the growth and success of the Newcastle Jets and the A-League. We can’t wait to see the boys proudly wearing Ampcontrol in their first game of the season,” says Mr Henderson.

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Ampcontrol Supports Australian-First Study of Local SDG Indicators

Our sustainability program at Ampcontrol has been guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals developed by the United Nations to guide governments, businesses, and individuals to deliver ambitious global outcomes by 2030.

With innovation as one of our core values, Ampcontrol is a long-time supporter of research and development from businesses right here in the Hunter region NSW. We love to collaborate and partner with others in the region as we know that together, we can innovate in creative ways to meet industry needs and adapt to changing markets.

To allow us to identify the sustainable development opportunities that we can contribute in our local community, Ampcontrol is proud to be supporting an Australian-first study of local SDG indicators in the Hunter region.

Hunter region SDG Task Force

We are supporting the Hunter region SDG Task Force and the University of Newcastle in a study to baseline the indicators for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the Hunter.

‘The Hunter Region SDG Taskforce is a group of motivated businesses, not-for-profits and government bodies who are focused on collaborating to achieve the UN SDGs. Established in 2020, the Taskforce was conceived to foster accountability and drive education and collaboration.’

The project represents an example of SDG Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals in action. It is the first of its kind in Australia to apply the UN SDGs at a regional level. The effort is a collaboration among 18 funding partners, including Ampcontrol, as well as the wider members of the Taskforce.

The group aims for the Hunter to provide an example of regional localisation of the SDGs, which can be copied elsewhere in Australia and globally. Results of the work are expected to be made available in September 2022.

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Powering Business 2050

As Australia’s largest privately-owned electrical engineering company, our continued success is only made possible through the talented and innovative people we employ to energise our world for a sustainable future.

Ampcontrol has been rapidly accelerating its expansion in renewable energy manufacturing over the past few years. This has highlighted the need to build a workforce pipeline and align workforce skills to ensure that not only our business, but the industry as a whole can meet its potential for growth in emerging industries.

To address the great workforce challenges, we were pleased to partner with Business Hunter to deliver the Powering Business 2050: emerging industries and the future of work Summit 22-23 June 2022.

The Summit program was for businesses and industry wanting to understand what priorities must be built into education, training and workforce development to equip young people as well as transitioning workforces with the types of skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in businesses of the near- and long-term future.

“We have had to be very innovative to attract and retain talent as well as develop our people’s capability ensuring we have the right skills, not only for the now but for the jobs of the future,” says Ampcontrol Executive General Manager – People and Engagement Leigh Stefanszyn.

“With a strong focus on research and development and technological advancement, we are continually thinking 3 – 5 years in advance but need to start developing these skills now. We see our association and continued support with education, community, and business as integral to tackling this challenge across the region as we position the Hunter as an energy powerhouse.”

We were joined by regional and national experts and leaders in business, as well as education, training and government coming together to power the future of work for generations to come.

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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.

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