About

At ABS Energy Solutions, although our main focus is saving you money on your energy bills, there are many different facets to how we can help. Our team live and breath sustainability. We love solutions that are practical and benefit all of us. We have typically implemented these various strategies into our own personal and business lives.

Energy Efficiency

Michael Caton and Peter Garret with Colin Gillam raising funds for the Australian Conservation Foundation
Worked with Michael Caton and Peter Garrett on an energy upgrade to raise funds for the Australian Conservation Foundation

Colin our technical director designed and built a passive solar home in 2000, using solar heating and cooling, orientation, insulation and basement water tank (16,000l) to virtually eliminate the need for other forms of heating or cooling. He also undertook the First Rate home energy auditing training.

Solar heating and cooling

A Sun Lizard solar heater and cooler installed in the Yarra Valley Melbourne
A Sun Lizard solar heater and cooler installed in the Yarra Valley Melbourne

Patents and designs for solar powered heating and cooling systems are owned by our technical director.

600+ installations throughout Australia, NZ and for the UN in Afghanistan.

Solar Power

100kW solar carport installed in 2014.  460kW of ground mounted solar is installed at the rear f the factory
100kW solar carport installed in 2014. 460kW of ground mounted solar is installed at the rear f the factory

Using PV panels for heating and cooling products since the 1990’s.

Thousands of PV systems designed and installed, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Residential.

Selected to install the PV system for the solar installer training facility NMIT because of our reputation for quality of work. See the video on our project page or click here.

Solar carport (100kW) and innovative NE NW orientation ground mount PV (468kW) for large regional oilseed processor so solar generation profile better matched energy use instead of peaking midday. Built in 2014-2015 and has surpassed it’s performance expectations.

Project Manager for first large-scale solar farm in SA (6MW) 2017. Click here to see the video of the installation.

Member of Clean Energy Council.

Approved Solar Retailer.

Biodiesel

Community biodiesel project supported by the premier Steve Bracks
Community biodiesel project supported by the premier Steve Bracks

Manufactured biodiesel for community group and self consumption in diesel vehicles during the 1990s and 2000s. Click here to see a video.

Electric Vehicles

Worked for SSE in Shanghai who manufactured EV chargers
Worked for SSE in Shanghai who manufactured EV chargers

Member of EV Association in the 1980’s and 1990s.

CEO of International Division of EV charger manufacturer in China and driving EV in 2014-2016. Installed thousands of bus and car chargers including 950 EV chargers in Shanghai and an electric bus charging station for 300 electric buses.

Project developer for electric bus replacement program swapping diesel buses for locally made electric buses and using solar plus storage to manage charging while reducing load on the energy grid.

Storage

Part of the Monash University Micro-grid
Part of the Monash University Micro-grid

Actively involved in installing and managing a hybrid Li-ion and Vanadium Redox Flow storage micro grid 300kW-1MWh.

Residential storage solutions.

Active Member of Smart Energy Council *