Space within the NINA Access Pathway is a valuable economic resource that can be sold/leased/rented to utility companies seeking to deploy distribution networks to the residential and small business market. Gaining timely access for service to customers is valuable and critical to players in the utility distribution business. The price of access is a key determinant in the economics of all utilities.
NINA allows rainwater to be managed in a manner which isolates it from contact with road surfaces, reduces risk of sewerage contamination and stores water locally. A return path that may include filtration can be economically deployed. The size of the potential water source is the product of the surface area bounded by the isolation channel formed by the NINA Access Pathway. Across Australia this represents a water source of 2.3 billion cubic meters (assuming a conservative 50% capture rate). This generates an indicative tap value of $7.5 billion (at the conservative figure of $2.00 per kilolitre).
By capturing stormwater, the water demands of cities from the natural environment are reduced. This may allow for increased hydro-electric generation while water is being returned to natural river courses such as the Snowy River, leading to reduced demand for coal fired power and increased natural photosynthesis from more and healthier plant life.
Carbon taxation reduction has become a key business objective in Australia. For electricity generators and distributors the reduction in transmission losses now saves money not only by reducing generation requirements but also by reducing tax billings. Transmission losses in electricity transmission and distribution are estimated at 9.5 TWh nationally, which has a current power value of $312m. This figure is expected to rise to $672m per annum within 12 years, by which time a national rollout of the NINA project could potentially be complete.
The emission reductions nationally are estimated at 8.2 million tonnes per annum. By enabling a power source for electric cars to be deployed the NINA Access Pathway directly targets the estimated 50 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from the 12 million passenger vehicles in Australia.
The Access Market
Massive amounts of research have led to estimates for construction costs and returns from deploying the NINA Access Pathway. Potential investment returns are phenomenal.
This figure is equivalent to $150 per household per month. NINA has determined these values from a conservative study of values in utility company regulatory filings and determinations.
Each average residential block in Australia generates approximately $254,000 in utilities services revenue per annum. Of this, the ducting and civil works components are approximately 35% - generating an annual charge to end users of $14.9 billion. This figure is expected to rise between 5-6% per annum over the next 5 years to accommodate investments in new “legacy” distribution systems.
NINA has estimated that the embedded civil access costs to consumers will increase to $19.5 billion per annum by 2017 (at a median access inflation rate of 5.5 %.) This figure does not include the addition of any new service platforms. NINA is the only practical solution to these rising costs.
The customers of the NINA Access Pathway are Utility companies
Below is a list of Utility Suppliers seeking access to the NINA Access Pathway. As each new supplier joins NINA, the cost of access is lowered. This encourages suppliers to join NINA, and encourages economies of scale and scope. The more popular NINA becomes, the cheaper it becomes to use, which is expected to quickly leave legacy systems such as power poles obsolete in areas where NINA is built.
Electric power suppliers
These include current operators and new electricity generators such as green power and waste power. There are also opportunities for new power distributors such as dedicated 480V power supplies for electric cars and local area D.C services.
Telephony, data, Pay TV services.
Gas distribution networks
Natural gas is currently only available to approximately 40% of the population of Australia. NINA could quickly and cheaply expand national access to gas.
Within Australia the water distribution networks require upgrades to reduce leakages and to lower costs.
In countries such as India, water scarcity is reaching a crisis point. NINA can redirect water to areas in desperate need.
Systems such as traffic control, data capture and transformer controls all require dedicated networks (industrial grade direct control communications.)
It may be helpful to think of the NINA Access Pathway as an "Operating System" for utilities. Any existing, or newly invented service can be housed within the pathway and quickly, cheaply and efficiently receive distribution throughout the network.