Skip to content
Emergency Services, Energy

Parliamentarians attend prototype technology demonstration at Parliament House

Disaster Relief Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia 3 mins read

DISASTER RELIEF AUSTRALIA, MITSUBISHI MOTORS AUSTRALIA LIMITED

 

Parliament House, Canberra

 

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) and Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (Mitsubishi Motors) have joined forces to deliver improved technological capabilities for DRA’s disaster response work.

The technology demonstration at Parliament House showcased Mitsubishi Motors’ prototype bi-directional charging technology, particularly its application in rural and remote Australian communities affected by disasters, when DRA’s Disaster Relief Teams require a solution to power their ‘hubs’ on the ground.

 

Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt, attended the demonstration to learn more about the technology and commend the partnership between DRA and Mitsubishi Motors. Other parliamentarians who attended the demonstration included both the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Select Committee on Australia’s Disaster Resilience, Senator Jacqui Lambie and Senator Tony Sheldon respectively; Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC; Hon Andrew Gee MP; James Stevens MP, and Keith Wolahan MP.

 

The trailer brings together vehicle-to-grid technology enabling plug-in electric vehicles to power essential equipment in rural and remote areas even when the power grid fails. This means food and vital medicines can stay refrigerated, cooling and heating systems can operate, and water treatment plants and communications systems can stay running, ensuring everyday Australians are more resilient during bushfires and other natural disasters.

 

Mitsubishi Motors and DRA commenced their partnership in 2019, with the aim of supporting DRA’s expansion to deliver much needed disaster relief to communities across Australia.

Both DRA and Mitsubishi Motors are deeply committed to supporting Australian communities affected by natural disasters and acknowledge the Australian Government for $38.1 million in funding to support DRA’s disaster relief efforts.

 

DRA’s ability to deploy this technological solution is particularly critical now, following the release of the Defence Strategic Review in April 2023, imploring the Government to pursue civilian responses to emergency management and relief, rather than continuing the overreliance on the Australian Defence Force for domestic crisis response work. 

 

DRA’s volunteer base is filled with returning service men and women, emergency services personnel, and motivated civilians. Their invaluable experience and record of service is extended through deployments with DRA.

 

Given the bushfires already rampaging across parts of the country, and the warnings from meteorologists that this summer is expecting to see further disasters impacting Australian communities, there has never been a more important time to focus on the efforts to support them in their time of need.

 

Quotes attributable to Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Federal Minister for Emergency Management:

  • “The Albanese Government is deeply committed to disaster preparedness, recovery and resilience, and Disaster Relief Australia plays an important role in helping communities right across the country get back on their feet.
  • The DRA hubs have become a symbol of recovery and reassurance for regions after a bushfire, flood or storm, so we welcome this new technology."

 

Quotes attributable to Geoff Evans, Chief Executive Officer of DRA:

  • “The technology showcased today has great potential to be used by communities and DRA to increase power accessible to Australians during times of crisis or natural disasters.
  • DRA has been proud to increase our capacity and capability to respond to natural disasters year on year and are grateful for the support of our corporate partners and State and Federal Governments to continue aiding Australians in need.”

 

Quotes attributable to Shaun Westcott, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors:

  • “We are excited to showcase this cutting-edge and world-leading technology in partnership with Disaster Relief Australia, and continue highlighting Mitsubishi’s powerhouse innovation used to benefit Australian communities.
  • Bi-directional charging capabilities have the potential to revolutionise the way in which we can manage the major impacts of natural disasters and increase resilience through integration into Australia’s energy infrastructure.”

 

Mitsubishi Motors’ bi-directional charging technology is currently available internationally, and its ability to actively support reducing transport emissions integration into the Australian grid for energy storage.


Contact details:

Contact details:

Minister Watt media contact: media_watt@aff.gov.au

Disaster Relief Australia media contact: Cassandra.dunlop@disasterreliefaus.org

Mitsubishi Motors media contact: Harriet.Turner@edelman.com 

More from this category

  • Energy
  • 23/02/2024
  • 09:30
Monash University

Expert alert: Australian households could save significantly on bills, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through improved water efficiency

A detailed analysis of over 20,000 households in Melbourne has identified significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy use and related costs that could be reduced via improved water efficiency. Water use in Melbourne households accounts for 3.8 per cent of Melbourne's GHG emissions – similar to the total domestic and international travel of Australia. Researchers from Monash University and The University of Queensland have indicated that a Melbourne-wide program entailing a simple shower head retrofit could reduce customer bills by $160 and lower GHG emissions by between 98 and226 kilo-tonnes per year, which equates to taking 21,000 to 49,000 cars…

  • Energy, Government Federal
  • 22/02/2024
  • 16:19
Friends of the Earth

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY CALLS FOR NEW TAX-FUNDED REGULATION

Big win for Friends of the Earth But Industry report misses two big points The fossil fuel industry’s Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA) has…

  • Contains:
  • Emergency Services
  • 22/02/2024
  • 15:51
Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross launches Register.Find.Reunite. to reunite families and friends impacted by Bushfires and Extreme Weather in Western Victoria

In response to Bushfires and Extreme Weather in Western Victoria, Australian Red Cross has launched the Register.Find.Reunite. service. Australian Red Cross Fyowna Norton said being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency. “Not knowing where your loved ones are, and not being able to contact them by phone or email adds to that anxiety. The Register.Find.Reunite. service helps find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster,” Ms Norton said. If you or a loved one has been impacted by bushfires and extreme weather in Western…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.