Keeping cool

Keeping cool in the tropics


LIKE many people living in Darwin, Michael Bruvel was disappointed that his new pool was as warm as a bath and provided no relief from the heat and humidity.

He decided to do something about it.

Michael has developed a clever water-cooling system called Aquasense.

It can be used on everything from a backyard swimming pool to an aquaculture pond or a swimming lagoon.

He wanted something far cheaper to buy and run than a refrigeration-based system and knew that existing evaporative systems would not work in the humid Darwin conditions.

And he didn’t want to erect a shade cloth over his pool as this was unsightly and expensive and would mean the pool would not warn naturally during cooler seasons or overcast weather.

Aquasense provides a web-based interface that allows algorithms to fine tune heat transfer and

evaporative cooling processes in response to atmospheric conditions.

This allows for efficient cooling and automated temperature control of the pool during hot and humid weather.

It is triggered when poolside sensors – measuring humidity and ambient temperature, and using weather forecast data – assess that conditions are suitable for cooling and the water is above a chosen temperature.

The system even determines when is the most efficient and economic time to go into action.

The most obvious cause of soaring water temperatures in the tropics is the prolonged hot periods.

“If day after day the temperature isn’t getting below 28 degrees, eventually your pool will get unpleasantly warm.

“Some pools I have monitored are 35 degrees but it is common for pools in Darwin to be around 31-33 degrees, which is not refreshing.

“Using the Aquasense system, I maintain my pool at around 27-28 degrees, which is refreshing yet still warm enough to relax in.”

Michael is an economist by training but came up with the idea of using finetuned responses to atmospheric changes to cool his pool after managing an air quality monitoring program.

Aquasense prototypes are working well in a few domestic pools around Darwin – and he sees great potential in the aquaculture industry where his web based system could automatically prepare facilities to manage the effects of heatwaves and improve productivity.

Michael has developed Aquasense with help from a Business Innovation Support Initiatives grant from the Northern Territory Government.

BISI, which is managed by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, provides vouchers and grants to innovators.

Grants of up to $60,000 are awarded in rounds – round 5 is open until April 18 – and vouchers up to 60 per cent for eligible projects with a maximum of $25,000 all year round.

To find out more about the BISI program go to

Lean Canvas

Lean Canvas Workshop – March

Our first Lean Canvas Workshop hosted by the HUB’s Entrepreneur in Residence Dean Alle and our Program Director Janet Kosic was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended, especially after we were hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcus!

We had a full house of eager participants on both days ready to learn everything they could from Dean and Janet. It was fantastic to see a business idea transformed over the course of two days and see all the participants feel safe in their environment to share their ideas and provide feedback to others.

These introductory workshops are designed for people who are wanting to start-up their entrepreneurial journey, who are curious to know about this exciting and dynamic business modelling or who are looking to build on existing skills.

Due to the success of our first workshop, will be running this series of workshops on a regular basis – so if you missed out last time, watch this space for more information about the next workshop to be held in April!


Cellular Detox Hub

DIH start-up Cellular Detox Hub hosted a product information session for ecominerals at the HUB. As one of our newest start-ups to join the HUB and make themselves at home in the co-working lab – we are so happy to see Sheila making the most of the facilities and networks available through a HUB membership.

Cellular Detox Hub is a product distributor for ecominerals, an Australian cosmetic company that produces 100% pure and natural, Vegan and Certified Cruelty Free makeup. Sheila is looking to hold information/networking events like this on a regular basis – if this sounds like something you might be interested in, get in contact with Sheila today at 

Cellular Detox Hub is an online distributor of specialty food supplements that support gut & immune health, methylation & MTHFR issues, energy & vitality, stress, and recovery from exercise.

Darwin Innovation Hub hosts Chamber of Commerce Business at Sunset

DIH hosts the Chamber of Commerce Business at Sunset

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Chamber of Commerce‘s Business at Sunset last night! We are very happy to have been given the opportunity to host this event and showcase the Darwin Innovation Hub.

Chartered Accountants

NT Chartered Accountants Forum 2018

WOW! What an incredible day we had for the inaugural NT Chartered Accountants Forum for 2018! 

Fantastic turnout from Chartered Accountants members in the NT and the broader business community!

Looking forward to the next one!

Chamber of Commerce Business at Sunset

Join us for the Chamber of Commerce‘s Business at Sunset 

Our Third Thursday for March will be moved to the Third Wednesday as the Darwin Innovation Hub is proudly hosting the Chamber of Commerce’s Business at Sunset at the Hub. 

We are looking forward to welcoming the Northern Territory’s Chamber of Commerce Members and guests to the Darwin Innovation Hub.

The Darwin Innovation Hub suPports innovation and business in Darwin. Our foundation partners include Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Paspalis Group of Companies, AusIndustry, The NT Government and Charles Darwin University. Our ecosystem is a vibrant network of world-class research organisations, industry partners, service providers, SMEs, members, start-ups and business success stories. We aim to take Australian innovations to the world born out of Northern Australian key verticals.

The Hub is an exciting space offering the chance to participate in an acceleration program which includes commercial mentorship, access to valuable international networks, access to Government grants and the potential to access venture capital. Whether you are an entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, techie, designer, creative, corporate professional, freelancer, student or in the midst of a career change – join our collaborative community and take the first step on our innovation pathway to the future.

For more information head to Chamber of Commerce NT 

Third Thursday February

Third Thursday February with CDM Smith

The ball is well and truly rolling with our Third Thursday’s and we could not be more proud of how each event is shaping up! Thank you to CDM Smith for highlighting Innovations in Environmental Monitoring and Data Communications.

This month, we were treated to industry leaders; data analytics expert Andrew Barker from CDM Smith and Tech Bakery’s Felix Baker who explained the incredible potential of data and how much it is changing our world. It was great to hear from both Felix and Andrew about how crucial data is and more importantly the value of the information derived from the data.

The event offered an opportunity for networking with like minded professionals from a variety of different sectors.

CDM Smith is working to solves the world’s water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities challenges with smart, integrated solutions.

It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and we love welcoming new faces into our space. As a team, we love sharing our space with the wider Darwin community and look forward to continuing to host Third Thursday’s.

Watch this space for more information about Upcoming Events at the HUB.

Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner

The Darwin Innovation Hub is proud to have been a sponsor for the Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner!

Held on Darwin’s 209th birthday, the business community of Darwin came together for the night to celebrate Darwin’s contribution to science and the importance of knowledge, education and exploring new scientific frontiers.

Where better to hold this annual celebration than the city named in Darwin’s honour, and who better to host such an event than Charles Darwin University.

The Charles Darwin University Foundation has established the annual Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner to celebrate Darwin’s birthday and the contribution that CDU is proud to make to our community. All funds raised support important CDU Foundation programs to improve countless lives through increased opportunities in education, training and research.

Innovation TerritoryQ

The HUB featured in Territory Q

Innovation TerritoryQ – If you want to talk innovation or venture capital in the Asia Pacific, meet Harley Paroulakis, founder of the Darwin Innovation Hub.
The Darwin Innovation Hub is based in the newly-renovated Paspalis Centrepoint building in the heart of the city.
It is a partnership between Paspalis Enterprises, the Northern Territory Government and Charles Darwin University.

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