Nau mai, haere mai! Come one, come all! We meet on the last Thursday of every month at the “Supper Room” (the Dr. Gertrude Atmore Supper Room, on the corner of Main & Aotaki Streets, Ōtaki). 3pm – 5pm Come and hear Jake Roos talk about what he sees happening in the energy space, latest […]
In 2015 Energise Ōtaki invited Rod Oram to give two talks on energy futures, community action and models for change and the politics of energy. They were extremely popular. They were filmed and the record along with a copy of the material provided by Rod are available.
In 2016 Energise Ōtaki used some of the WWF award to fund a 60 minute film of people in Ōtaki talking about energy, the issues and the future and what they would like to see happen. It is used for a range of purposes.
Energise Ōtaki regularly attends the Ōtaki Community Expo and other community events such as Matariki, to both publicise what is being done and services available and to support the events generally. Publicising the Curtain Bank has been an important focus.
Baseline Data In 2012 Kāpiti Coast District Council commissioned a study on energy use in Ōtaki, along with a snapshot of available and emerging technology paths from technology experts Greenchip. The report found that Greater Ōtaki uses approximately 161 gigawatt-hours per year – as much energy as running 6,000 bar heaters non-stop: only one quarter […]
The Kāpiti Coast District Council purchased a battery-electric refuse truck developed and built by local clean tech company Zero Emission Vehicles Ltd, and the first of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. The ‘Enviro 9000’ truck which went into service in 2013 is used to empty public litter bins around the Northern Part of the […]
From time to time the government has provided funding to assist in the insulation of homes for owner occupiers and rental housing if the owner/occupier has a community services card. Energise Ōtaki and other community groups have worked to promote this available fund in partnership with Kāpiti Coast District Council’s eco-design adviser, Richard Morrison, and […]
Energise Ōtaki has developed and has been running the Ōtaki Curtain Bank since 2015, and it grows more as each year passes. The Curtain Bank is run in partnership with the Wellington-based Sustainability Trust. Energise Ōtaki in partnership with the Ōtaki CAB and other local organisations, advertises each year to let people know that the […]
Discussions with Ōtaki College identified that the College had one of the few college horticulture blocks remaining in the country and that the College was keen to see it and the associated curriculum developed. A small community garden was in place but it was struggling. Energise Ōtaki was keen to support a community/ College based […]
The Council employs an Eco-Design Advisor who provides free independent advice to households and businesses on how they can retro-fit their houses or design a new house to make it more energy efficient. It is a very popular service which has been used by many people on the Kāpiti Coast. The free sustainable home advice […]
From time to time, there has been the opportunity to undertake investigations for local businesses to identify how they could reduce their energy us, what kinds of systems they might use and develop financial models to assist their thinking. An example: two interns, Om Dolasia and Camila Fonesco, from West Australia, came to work with […]
Participants in Energise Ōtaki with technical knowledge and qualifications will provide advice on possible options for energy conservation and clean energy generation to groups from time to time. Most recent examples include to Waitohu School around systems to heat their pool and to Māoriland Film Festival about what might be done to their building on […]
Kāpiti Coast District Council has an on-going street lighting programme and is converting the streetlights in the district to LED technology, which promises to cut energy use of street lighting by well over 60%. As well as saving energy, the new lamps provide a better quality light than the orange sodium lamps they replaced, and […]
Otaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.
At least 11 tonnes of food is wasted in Ōtaki town every week. This amounts to about $500 per household being lost in a year, quite apart from the landfill emissions. A huge amount of energy used to process and transport this food is also wasted. While reducing waste is the most desirable (and Energise […]
Blended Fuel Solutions Ltd. is an Ōtaki based company exploring the use of emulsion fuels (mixing water into diesel fuels using a surfactant) as a way of reducing emissions and reducing overall fossil fuel use (a reduction of about 10%). More recent technology developed by its partner US based company has made major progress in […]
In late 2017 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade approved a grant for a pilot project with Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up business, Nufuels Ltd, to review the feasibility of using small-scale batch pyrolysis systems in the Solomon Islands, to address major plastic waste problems and the high cost of energy for communities. This […]
Nufuels Ltd is an Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up company which is in the process of developing a waste to energy batch pyrolysis technology which can ‘crack‘ tyres and plastics, effectively recovering liquid fuels, gases and chars (which can be used as a solid fuel). These fuels can be used for heating fuels and potentially for […]
In 2017/18 Energise Ōtaki facilitated the redeployment of some of the thermal solar panels previously used at the Ōtaki Swimming Pool to the Ōtaki College swimming pool. The project was taken up by the XŌtaki College Foundation Trust as part of a wider refurbishment of the pool. The goal was to extend the season for […]
The developer of the Ōtaki Central Technology Park and a participant in Energise Ōtaki, has a strong commitment to developing sustainable building systems, energy conservation and clean energy generation. In 2013 a new building was developed at 2 Ake Ake Place Ōtaki at the Ōtaki Central Technology Park. This building has four business units with […]
Otaki swimming pool has the largest solar array in New Zealand. As at May 2014 it has recorded 205,000 kWh of energy production.
The Little Greenie 2013 project based at the Clean Technology Centre, focused on teaching young people to build a demonstration home that was healthy, sustainable and energy efficient.
Early on in the Energise Ōtaki initiative, the Kāpiti Coast District Council and local electricity network company Electra, installed a 2.0 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic system on the Ōtaki Library and Memorial Hall to demonstrate this technology to the public. The 2011 installation had the support of clean-technology businesses Astara Technologies, ESG Green Energy, Enasolar and […]
The focus here is on working with local schools to advance student interest and involvement in clean technology projects, particularly energy projects, and where possible provide them with opportunities for future employment.
The premise is that children who understand energy systems, clean generation technologies and the need to reduce energy use will be ambassadors for change in the community. A key partnership is with clean technology businesses built around business projects they are developing.
Kapiti Coast District Council has a strong interest in clean technology as an economic development opportunity. Underpinning this is a long term interest in sustainable development and how it can manage its services and infrastructure sustainably, including reducing climate change impacts.
A number of its initiatives already contribute to the Energise Otaki vision including photovoltaic installations at the swimming pool and hall, installation of LED lights, the cycleways programme, ensuring its stormwater and wastewater pumping systems are energy efficient.
This focus area reports briefly on relevant Council projects and also provides information on how the community can get involved in Council decision-making on relevant projects.
An important part of becoming a net exporter of energy is through reducing energy use.
At present Otaki is achieving only 37% efficiency in its energy use, with transport fuels only achieving 14% efficiency (see GreenChip report).
An obvious way efficiency can be promoted is by improving home insulation or by providing smart meter systems which allow people to understand and change their usage. There will be others and people are encouraged to come up with projects, no matter how large or small.
Finding ways to produce new clean energy or reduce the environmental impacts of existing energy use is central to the Energise Otaki vision.
A primary focus is on initiatives which help people install clean energy systems in their home, business or community space.
The second and very important focus is on working with clean technology businesses located at the Otaki Clean Technology Centre and Park on new clean energy generation initiatives in partnership with the community.
One of the goals is for Otaki to become known as a place where businesses and researchers can go to research energy use, technologies and community processes around the goal of becoming a ‘virtual off-grid’ town. From time to time, reports on aspects of energy use, energy generation etc will be developed by the various participants in the process and wherever possible these will be made available on the web-site.
Research funding is not available through Energise Otaki at this stage but assistance with mobilising the community to participate in a research project is. For example, if you wish to research your new technology using a range of households, or test your ideas at the street level, or find someone who will work with you to pilot some technology – we will help you set that up and work with the community contacts to make it happen. We also work closely with the Clean Technology Centre and the Otaki Clean Technology Park and can assist businesses working from there.
If we know of any organisation with potential for funding support we will help you make the connections.
The Energise Otaki idea will in the long term require some new thinking about how the actual network is structured. If significant local micro-generation happens then this may have an impact on the network while rapidly emerging storage systems may require a change in thinking.
Fifty-five percent of Otaki’s energy use goes on transport fuels. It is perhaps the hardest nut to crack in terms of reducing energy use.
One of the most positive ways is to provide local people with as many ways as possible to reduce their use.
At the same time, the community can work with clean technology businesses who are exploring alternative fuels or ways to make fossil fuel more efficient and less polluting.