Tyree Transformers announces scholarships for engineering students

Tyree Transformers are proud to announce the introduction of an ongoing scholarship program in the memory of our founder Sir William Tyree.

The Sir William Tyree Scholarships for Engineering have been established to provide financial assistance to electrical & mechanical engineering undergraduate students for the duration of their four or five-year study program at university. The two scholarships are each valued at $15,000 per year to support high performing regional and rural students who may otherwise be unable to attend university without financial assistance.

In addition to financial assistance scholarship holders will be provided with work experience within the Tyree Group of companies where they will benefit from seeing engineering theory placed into practice in the design & manufacture of electrical equipment.

The first round of scholarships are open for applications from the 1st of July 2018 and closing on the 30th of November 2018 for study at the University of Wollongong and are targeted to support students applying to study mechanical and electrical engineering from 2019 onward. Discussions are in progress with universities in other states to widen the scholarship program to other Australian universities and regions.

In announcing the scholarships Keian Barnard Managing Director of the Tyree Group stated; “These scholarships are being established in memory of Sir William who gifted so much to engineering education in Australia and he has left the Tyree Group in a position to continue his legacy through ongoing the distribution of the profits we make from the Tyree Group businesses to charitable activities. It is also very pleasing that we are able to focus the scholarships to support students from regional and rural areas of Australia, giving back to the communities where a lot of our Tyree Transformer products are sold.”


For further details on the scholarships and to apply please visit the UoW website at https://scholarships.uow.edu.au/scholarships/search?scholarship=1521

Supporting Hydro Power Generation in Vanuatu

Tyree recently supplied transformers and padmount substations for the Talise Hydroelectric Project on Maewo island, located in the north of Vanuatu. The distribution system will provide electricity to the villages of Tam, Talise, Narovorovo, and Nasawa.

Tyree, working with Pelena Energy of Australia who have undertaken the project implementation with the Vanuatu Department of Energy and with funding from IUCN and the Vanuatu Government under the Governance for Growth program.

Vanuatu Government Director of Energy Mr Antony Garae said, “This project is the first of its type in Vanuatu. It’s using primarily local people-power under the guidance of the contractor to construct the system, with local training forming part of the process. Vanuatu, with its many islands and vast distances between, must find unique solutions to deliver modern, clean, renewable energy technologies to remote areas.”

The remote location of the project required delivery of the transformers using a landing craft at a nearby beach and people power for the unloading and transport to the project sites.



The teamwork demonstrated by the local people to complete this project is a credit to their community spirit and a positive attitude to change. The project when commissioned will deliver electricity to the community and most importantly will provide power to the local school. Reliable electricity supply will bring many benefits including income generation, better schooling for local children and better health services through the clinic. Commissioning of the system is expected to occur in June 2018.

For more information about this project and other Tyree Transformers products please contact our sales team at sales@tyree.com.au.

Sir William Tyree Foundation Donates $5m to UNSW

At a hand-over presentation attended by David Gonski and Jon Paparsenos, Peter Tyree and Robyn Fennell, Sir William and Lady Tyree’s surviving children, have donated, on behalf of the Sir William Tyree Foundation, the sum of $5 million to the University of New South Wales. This donation is the concluding payment of the eleven million dollar commitment made by the Foundation to provide industry funding for the Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB).

This donation is the latest of numerous gifts made to UNSW and its engineering faculty by the Foundation and finalises the funding commitment required from industry to initiate the construction of the building six years ago. The TETB was one of the visions of, then Dean of Engineering, Professor Graham Davies whose aim was to locate UNSW’s world leading energy research capabilities in one building that would create a professional and inspirational environment.

Completed in January 2012, the TETB, built with funding from the Sir William Tyree Foundation and the federal government’s Education Investment Fund is named after Sir William Tyree. Sir William was a UNSW alumnus, successful innovator, businessman and major philanthropic supporter of Australian engineering and educational research. Situated at the Anzac Parade entrance to the University the $124 million TETB has a 6 Star energy rating and incorporates breakthrough architectural design that provides a space that is home to the UNSW Energy Institute whilst also providing facilities where research, education and industry bodies can collaborate in developing, and practically implementing, sustainable energy technologies.

The building has been a resounding success and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • Outstanding Construction Award – Master Builders Association (NSW) 2012
  • National Public Buildings Award (over $50mil) – Master Builders Association Awards 2012
  • Tertiary Buildings (over $50mil) – Master Builder Association Awards 2012
  • Public Buildings Category – Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Sustainability Category – Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Finalist, UN World Environment Day Award 2013
  • 3rd place, Green Dot Awards LA, USA 2013
  • Teaching/Mixed Use Laboratory Award – UK S-Lab Awards for Excellence in Laboratory Design, Management and Operation 2015.

Housing the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy and the School of Petroleum Engineering, the TETB consists of five levels totaling approximately 15,000 square metres which incorporates administrative spaces, teaching and learning spaces,engineering workshops, engineering display spaces, a café, and research areas including laboratories. The roof of the building incorporates photovoltaic cells for the testing of research and development work as well as contributing to the energy input requirements of the facility while a central atrium space uses access stairs and pedestrian bridges to connect the floor levels increasing the visual and physical interconnections and enhances the collaborative nature of the design.

Peter Tyree commented; “This building displays all that is great in Australian architecture and building technologies, it provides a first class educational facility that will enable Australian engineers to grapple with, and find solutions to, the ever expanding issues of energy security and management both in Australia and the rest of the world”.
Peter also commented; “In addition to the funding for the TETB it is a great honour for the Sir William Tyree Foundation to also be funding a significant amount of ongoing research and development that is being carried out in TETB. The “Distributed Power Generation (Microgrid)” and the “SWER Line Fault Detection” projects are both great examples which demonstrate the long term value of the TETB facility to the University and Australia.”

For further information on Tyree Energy Technologies Building and philanthropic activities of the Sir William Tyree Foundation, please contact David Ward at the head office of the Foundation, (02 4872 6177).

Tyree Transformers are very pleased to welcome our new apprentices and graduates to Team Tyree in 2018

(Pictured: Seth McDonnell – Fab 2nd Year, Maneesh Selvamani – Grad Engineer, Tony Obrien – Maintenance Team Leader, Cooper Flink – Electrical, Kieran McKay – Electrical, James MacDonald – Fitter)


The team at Tyree Transformers continue to grow our business with the number of people we employ in Australian and New Zealand operations increasing by 60 permanent employees in the past year. This continued growth has also enabled us to increase our training positions with a total of 5 new apprentices and graduates commencing in 2018 at the Tyree Transformers operations at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

“The Tyree Transformer’s operations continue to grow year on year and we are very proud to be creating long term employment opportunities for the young and long term unemployed from the regions in which we operate. The team at Tyree have a proud history of training skilled workers, tradespeople & engineers and this year’s graduate intake will go on to provide their skills to the Australian community for the next generation.” said Keian Barnard, Tyree Group CEO. “In addition to training within our businesses, each year up to 50% of our annual profits are gifted by the Tyree Foundation toward engineering education and medical research which we are all proud of at Tyree. Training and education are firmly embedded in the Tyree Group’s DNA and operating principles to ensure the ongoing legacy of our founder Sir William Tyree and the Tyree family.”

For more information about the Tyree Group and available employment opportunities please visit our company websites www.tyree.com.au, www.tycab.com.au and www.tycab.co.nz

Tyree Transformers providing the power behind Australia’s shift to Hyper-Scale Data Centres.

Tyree Transformers has recently manufactured and installed two power transformers for a new 66kV Substation constructed by Beon Energy Solutions for a new hyper-scale Data Centre. The 66kV Substation is located at Derrimut Victoria and will power Melbourne’s largest data centre and Australia’s first hyper scale data centre.

Both transformers were delivered and energised in March 2017 and are rated at 66/22kV, 25/33MVA, ONAN/ONAF with 17 position on load tap changers.  The units are designed to a full power utility grade specification and each unit was successfully routine and type tested to AS60076 including achieving a 150% (49MVA) four hour overload duty. Each transformer instrumentation and controls incorporated the latest Schweitzer Laboratories SEL transformer on-line monitoring, control and automation hardware and NEOPTIC fibre optic temperature sensing equipment.

Our Tyree Transformers field service team successfully completed the site unloading, assembly, testing and pre-commissioning of both transformers in record time, ensuring the overall substation project was delivered on time for our customer Beon Energy Solutions and the end client.

This is another success for the Tyree Transformers team in providing transformers for major projects in what is a very exciting phase of infrastructure growth within Australia.

For further details on this project and Tyree’s range of products please contact our sales team on (02) 48726177 or by email at sales@tyree.com.au.

Tyree Foundation is funding research to support the ongoing development of electrical power grids

The Tyree Foundation announced its commitment of $3.5M of funding for two significant electrical engineering research projects to be completed over a period of three years.

In line with key objectives to advance engineering and education in Australia, the Tyree Foundation has entered into a joint funding agreement with the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney that has brought together these two prestigious bodies to collaborate on two research and development projects that combine education, research and development and live test facilities to provide solutions for social issues including the “Bridging the Gap Initiative” that aims to improve the lives of indigenous Australians in remote communities.

The first of the two projects aims to develop safe reliable microgrids for remote communities in Australia. Rural and remote communities increasingly rely on a wide mix of potential power sources including PV solar, thermal, diesel generators, wind, fuel cells and battery storage. The project aims to develop models for planning and optimisation of this broad range of energy sources to allow them to be interconnected in a microgrid format and remotely managed, to help provide consistent reliable power for remote communities. Critical success factors of the project include providing the capability to provide an affordable solution linking existing best of breed and locally developed components into an architecture that can be safely maintained by local residents rather than needing support that is typically many hundreds of kilometres away.

The second project has been devised to assist rural communities that rely heavily upon SWER (single wire earth return) power transmission for their electricity, and increasingly, PV Solar as a secondary power source. SWER transmission lines are often hundreds of kilometres in length and can be prone to poor reliability due to the very nature of their old design and its ability to supply today’s sophisticated and more demanding loads including televisions, computers and smart devices as well as technical issues induced through weather events and falling trees! Traditional fault finding on SWER lines is often difficult due to the lack of communications and smart technologies which typically requires engineers to “walk the line” to identify problems, this project is seeking to develop low cost remote line monitoring devices that will transmit signals to control stations in order that engineers can pinpoint faults over long distances and allow the restoration of power far more quickly than is currently the case.

These exciting projects will directly employ more than 30 people over the three year project period engaging a mix of research engineers, post graduate engineers and under graduate students to design and develop communication modules and protocols, sensor design and deployment strategies along with appropriate hardware and software solutions.

For further details on the activities of the Tyree Foundation please refer all inquiries to dward@tyree.com.au

Walk For Brain Cancer

On Sunday the 29th October a contingent of over 90 Tyree Transformers employees and their families participated in the inaugural Bowral Walk for Brain Cancer at Bong Bong Race Course.

Tyree Transformers were very pleased to be a major sponsor for the walk in support of this very worthy cause and in memory of our work mate Mark Reid who passed away from this insidious disease in July 2017.

The Tyree team raised over $5000 from contributions from our employees which were matched by the company.

On what was a gorgeous Southern Highlands summer’s day over 400 hundred people participated in the walk and raised in excess of $40,000.

This is a remarkable result from the Southern Highlands community and for the event organisers the O’Brien family, especially when compared to the funds raised by much larger regions.

For more information on this wonderful charity and its work please go to www.walk4braincancer.com.au

For more information on the Southern Highlands walk, please click here – www.walk4braincancer.com.au/events/84/w4bc-bowral


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Tyree Foundation gifts $100,000 to Challenge House

(Pictured from left to right; Keian Barnard CEO of the Tyree Group, Mark Pepping Vice President CSH, Rod Aistrope President CSH, Peter Tyree Tyree Foundation Chairman and Tony McElhinney General Manager CSH.)

The Tyree Foundation is delighted to announce its decision to commit long term support to Challenge Southern Highlands.

In making the announcement today, Tyree Foundation Directors, Peter Tyree and Robyn Fennell (nee Tyree) handed over a cheque for $100,000 and spoke of the aims and objectives of the Tyree Foundation to continue its support of worthwhile initiatives with social benefits to the Southern Highlands community.

Challenge Southern Highlands is an Incorporated Association and a community-based charitable organisation which operates the Welby Garden Centre as well as a Packaging Division and a Secure Document Destruction Service as an Australian Disability Enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for over 50 individuals with intellectual disabilities in a professional and caring environment.

Challenge was established some 30 years ago by parents who where concerned that their child had a no external support network after leaving school in order that the child can enjoy a fulfilling life, eventually without parental support The Challenge House project aims to provide support to adult children currently living with parent(s) to assist them in transitioning to living independently. Tyree Foundation’s gift of $100,000 will enable Challenge in funding the final works to realise this project.

The Tyree Foundation is a charitable organisation whose mission is to fund initiatives that benefit the wider Australian community, through education, medical research, and other important initiatives such as Challenge House. The Tyree Foundation was formed in 1971 to develop the philanthropic activities of the Tyree family who along with the Tyree Group of Companies, headquartered at Braemar, has been a major employer in the Southern Highlands since the 1970’s and presently employ a permanent workforce of over one hundred & ninety. Nowadays the Tyree Group operates under a charter wherein a significant amount of its profits are donated to the Tyree Foundation for charitable works.

In announcing its gift, Peter Tyree the Chairman of the Tyree Foundation and one of the founders of the Tyree Group said; ‘making this gift was a natural progression of Tyree’s charitable activities and community service over many years within the Southern Highlands. As a major employer in the region it pleasing that Tyree are able to give back to the local community with our support of Challenge House’.

Like many private benefactors the Tyree Family has historically been somewhat private and reticent in promoting its charitable activities but has decided to be more public on this occasion due to the wonderful benefits that Challenge House will provide to the disabled and their families in our community.

Peter went on to say; ‘the Tyree Foundation will aim to provide ongoing support to Challenge Southern Highlands to assist its development as a provider of employment opportunities, training, lifestyle, wellbeing and purpose to such a wonderful group of individuals’.

For further details on Challenge Southern Highlands and its activities please refer to www.challengesh.org.au.

Tyree Transformers delivering into New Zealand.

Tyree Transformers has recently delivered two 6/8MVA ONAF Power Transformers to a regional power utility business, EA Networks who operate a network in the south island of New Zealand.
The two units were transported fully assembled from Tyree’s Mittagong operations to Lyttleton Port near Christchurch and successfully transported to the EA Networks substation sites at Tinwald and Fairton.

The 3-winding transformers were rated 22/11kV with a 6.6kV tertiary stabiliser winding and connected with a YNyn0+d1 vector to provide a network interconnection for critical, seasonal loading changes within the network.
The units were designed with a 10MVA 120hour overload rating, and the necessary electro-mechanical strength to provide through fault withstand capability over the transformers design life as necessary for an interconnecting transformer. The Tyree design successfully pass full type testing to this duty cycle as part of the stringent FAT testing programme required by EA Networks.

The units incorporated SEL 2414 Transformer Management Relays and were also specifically designed to meet New Zealand seismic conditions and corrosion protection requirements.

Tyree exclusively use thermally upgraded cellulose insulation papers on our power transformer windings. Tyree employ a pressing and stabilising process of power transformer windings that is proven for manufacture of transformers capable of short circuit withstand. The active part assembly was dried using Tyree’s proprietary vacuum drying process that limits oxidisation. At tanking, after dry out we successfully achieved a final test result on direct insulation paper samples of 1190 DP. (The Degree of Polymerisation  DP testing was completed by independent laboratory using an average viscometric degree of polymerisation to ASTM D 4243-99).

This excellent DP result revalidates and is a clear example of the Tyree vacuum dry out process achieving the reduced levels of insulation paper aging during production which is expected of modern power transformer manufacturers.

For inquiries on power transformers and other Tyree products please contact our sales team by email on sales@tyree.com.au or +61 2 48726177

New Western Australian Sales Manager

Tyree Industries would like to welcome Anton DeLange to the team,

With over 24 years’ experience in the electrical industry, Anton joins Tyree from ABB, where he was the National Distribution Transformer Product Marketing Manager based on Western Australia.

During his ten years with ABB Anton held numerous product management and sales roles supporting sales for a wide range of products including Low Voltage Switchgear, Medium Voltage Switchgear. High Voltage Switchgear and Distribution Transformers.

Prior to joining ABB Anton was the switchboard Production Manager for Ausmine Electrical and completed a twelve year career in the Royal Australian Navy where he gained extensive electrical & mechanical maintenance experience servicing major equipment on submarines and surface vessels.

For more information about the Tyree Industries transformers for WA, or to inquire about product sales please contact our sales team on sales@tyree.com.au or call 02 48726177