Australian company links mining with renewable energy
An energy and mining specialist based at Paget, Mackay (Queensland) has developed a fully self-contained ‘EcoHabitat’ living unit generating its own electricity through solar power.
The innovative system does not require a fit out from an electrician or plumber, further allowing it to reduce costs and emissions. Energy and mining solutions specialist, Linked Group, showcased the ‘EcoHabitat’ unit along with other innovations at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane last month. The company also produces an array of renewable energy options ranging from a solar carport to a factory and office complex, all powered by off-the-grid renewable energy.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert specified that innovative regional businesses such as Linked Group are helping to diversify the city’s regional economies by commercialising their cutting-edge technologies.
“We’re committed to increasing the ability of regional innovators like Linked Group, to translate their ideas into products and services that help to make the world a better place, while growing the economy,” she said.
“Advance Queensland’s $6 million Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) supports regional partnerships with a focus on innovation initiatives that connect local efforts, leverage key local strengths and lift the capability of innovative local firms,” she stated.
“We’re investing in innovation to diversify Queensland’s economy and ensure we’re creating sustainable jobs for our children and grandchildren,” said Innovation Minister, Kate Jones. “Renewable energy is a growth area when it comes to creating sustainable jobs for the people of this state,” she said.
The company’s founder, Jason Sharam, has said that Linked Group was noticed as their project is unique in the mining region.
“It’s not often that you associate mining with renewable energy,” Mr Sharam said, “but the two can co-exist and it is possible to reduce emissions and improve workplace health and safety by eliminating diesel fumes from the environment.