Portable classrooms represent a large portion of school buildings in Australia and as they are replaced, there is an opportunity to set a new standard in sustainability and reduce the reliance on mechanical heating and cooling systems.
Known as the “Hivve“, this portable classroom incorporates solar PV generation, real time energy metering, CO₂ metering, data capture and communications to actively manage energy demands and control indoor environment quality. It will provide an optimised learning environment and educate students on renewables while reducing reliance on the grid.
Each Hivve classroom has the potential to generate enough electricity to power itself and two other classrooms in the school. A regular classroom can consume on average 3,800 kWh per year, but when a Hivve classroom is in use, there is an estimated net energy generation of 7,600 kWh per year.
A prototype building built by Hivve Technology Pty Ltd has successfully demonstrated functionality in a controlled environment. Performance of the Hivve classrooms is being monitored and evaluated over a 12-month period in a real school.