Tonsley Precinct Director, Renewal SA
Tonsley District Energy and Water Scheme
Philipp Dautel is responsible for the delivery of the Tonsley Innovation Precinct vision, including facilitating collaboration between research institutions and industry to promote innovation and commercialisation opportunities. He also leads business development and investment attraction in the precinct through engaging with industry and communities (locally, nationally and internationally) and enhancing commercial opportunities.
Before joining the Tonsley team, Philipp was facilitating a Federal Government Programme in South Australia where he helped companies engage with research organisations to drive innovation and business growth for SMEs. He also worked at UniSA’s technology commercialisation company, UniSA Ventures, which included assessing and developing commercial opportunities.
Before relocating to Australia, Philipp worked for global technology and manufacturing companies based in Germany and Switzerland, where he developed and executed marketing strategies.
Philipp’s formal qualifications include a Master in Business Administration from Munich University of Applied Sciences.
The Tonsley Innovation District is a Renewal SA project, created at the premises of the former Mitsubishi car manufacturing plant in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. It is Australia’s first innovation district, combining over thirty businesses and start-ups, leading-edge research and education institutions such as Flinders University and TAFE SA, as well as a residential precinct to provide a high quality, people-focused and knowledge-driven environment.
Enwave has been appointed by Renewal SA to be the primary utility provider for electricity, natural gas, thermal energy (hot and chilled water) and recycled water at Tonsley.
The Tonsley embedded network is a grid connected urban network that will incorporate a large rooftop solar system of 1.7MW initially with the potential to scale up to 5MW as the Tonsley demand grows. There are plans to incorporate battery storage into the embedded network to capture the benefits of solar generation and balance the network demand with the aim of increasing sustainability, improving efficiencies and ultimately lowering the cost of energy for all Tonsley tenants.