The units will be self-contained and stackable, with each unit delivering 850-1000 KWh of thermal storage capacity.
Extreme heat requires extreme power and, because of this, furnaces play a vital role in fuelling aluminium production.
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar AO said the University is proving it is serious about sustainability.
Tests were carried out on prototypes including a commercial refrigerating cabinet, and indoor packaged air-to-water heat pump.
The researchers used an open flame, which burns at 2000 degrees, to create nanoparticles of zinc oxide that can then be used to convert CO2, using electricity, into syngas.
With press fittings, the sealing material and components are combined, and the heat source replaced by a hydraulic pressing tool.
The researchers pointed out that the specific additive they used -- HFE7000 -- is non-corrosive, non-flammable and ozone friendly.
Thin, pressure-resistant, plates with a corrugation depth of only 2.4 mm and a highly turbulent media flow ensure efficient heat transfer.
Many office buildings and commercial premises are unoccupied or have few workers, so maintenance issues that might normally be detected are more likely to be missed.
Chevron corrugation enables effective heat transfer, while double dimple corrugation is the first choice for highly viscous or solid-containing media, as well as for vacuum applications.
With the support of the Victorian Government, the new building brings with it a commitment to create at least 35 new jobs over the next four years.
Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia said the introduction of advanced welding technology into Australian manufacturing will deliver significant improvements in profitability, efficiency and quality.
According to Dr Pfautsch this means that planning and the very judicious use of urban materials in that area, is crucial to avoid locking Western Sydney into inescapably high future urban heat.
The unit recovers heat from the refrigeration display cabinets and evaporators and reuses it to heat other areas of the building at no extra cost.
Germany is moving away from high polluting coal and nuclear power will be completely phased out in that country by 2023.