Renewable Energy Demonstration Site (REDS)
Mugga-Mugga Homestead, Canberra, Australia
The fully operational prototype Cobber powers and heats this off-grid historic homestead.
The perfect location to showcase the Cobber to the world.
Placing REDS at Mugga Mugga Homestead means that Uniflow has ready access to:
Australian Government Agencies engaged in development and poverty alleviation
The Diplomatic Community and representatives of developing country markets
International Delegations from global development banks
NGOs both Australian and international
Through this collaboration with ACT Historic Places, we maintain a close relationship with the ACT Government and its programs. The easy access and highly visible location mean that our technology is regularly demonstrated to official visitors and the wider community.
The Cobber is located in the powerhouse next to Curley’s Cottage. It provides electricity to the house via a 12-kWh battery through our microgrid. Space heating and hot water are provided to the cottage from a 1000 litre thermal storage tank which is heated by the Cobber’s Heat Energy Recovery Unit (HERU).
At REDS the Cobber keeps the cottage powered using hydronic heating even in the depths of winter.
Day or night, irrespective of the weather, the Cobber keeps Curley’s Cottage powered.
Hedley starting up the Cobber on a frosty morning.
Feed rainwater tank and thermal storage behind the powerhouse.
As well as our demonstration site, REDS is also used to conduct research into the fuel efficiency of a range of agricultural residues and industry by-products.
Recent testing has been experimenting with macadamia shell as a mixed fuel with carpenter’s off-cuts.