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Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Spreading urban areas are increasingly occupying what until now have been odour buffer zones that separated houses and treatment infrastructure.

As a result, operators are having to allocate more resources to odour monitoring and control.

A key challenge they face is that most environmental management systems focus only on the collection and storage of information. Read more

Green buildings produce workplace benefits

Green buildings produce workplace benefits

The study, known as the COGfx Study, was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and SUNY Upstate Medical and built on previous research conducted in 2015.

It found significantly higher cognitive function test scores for office workers in a simulated green building environment with better ventilation compared to a conventional building environment.

In addition, the findings showed that working in green-certified buildings results in fewer sick building symptoms and improves sleep quality. Read more

Giving control back to councils

Giving control back to councils

Dr Hofstede, who completed his PhD in 1994, was studying organic waste composting, specifically how to develop a system at a time when landfill disposal costs were relatively low and environmental standards for composting plants were high.

While Dr Hofstede developed the Fabcom system 16 years ago, it is only in the last few years that Spartel has started commercialising the system. Today, the patented system, which comes in three versions, two of which can be found in Maryborough, Victoria (the Fabcom Tunnel) and Bunbury-Harvey in WA (the Fabcom Piccolo). Read more

Melbourne's tram network to be powered by the sun

Melbourne’s tram network to be powered by the sun

The Victorian government have announced they will run a tender to build the new large-scale 75MW solar power plant, with about 35MW of the new solar farm being linked and used to sufficiently cover the energy needs of the state’s tram network by the end of next year.

It is expected that this venture will deliver about $150 million in new capital investment, create around 300 new jobs, and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80,000 tonnes annually. Read more

Australia's first renewable energy accelerator launches in Sydney

Australia’s first renewable energy accelerator launches in Sydney

Founded by Piers Grove and Nick Lake, EnergyLab is a not-for-profit business that will be located at the University of Technology Sydney’s Chippendale campus.

The program promises to support entrepreneurs striving to commercialise renewable and advanced energy solutions to the national energy crisis.

EnergyLab recently became the recipient of a $120,000 grant from Jobs for NSW, which the state government has tasked with providing $190 million worth of financial support for start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises with a view to generating new jobs. Read more

Ecoult awarded $4.1M to further support transition to renewables based economy

Ecoult awarded $4.1M to further support transition to renewables based economy

The new funding through ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program, will enable it to develop its solar battery monitoring and management systems, and further extend innovations of the CSIRO-pioneered UltraBattery technology.

Ecoult will use the funding to increase the utilised battery range of charge, performance characteristics of energy storage systems, and increase competitiveness via improved measurement, understanding, and management techniques. Read more

A fine solution

A fine solution

Benedict Industries, which processes C&D waste, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and five decades on, the company is going from strength to strength.

In NSW, the company has a hub facility in Chipping Norton where its invested “tens of millions of dollars” in equipment to improve processing, a facility in Newcastle that opened about a year ago, a plant in Belrose, and a transfer station in Unanderra in Wollongong. Benedict has also lodged two development applications with the Department of Planning for transfer stations in Smeaton Range near Camden and Penrith. Read more

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM's "intentional failure"

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM’s “intentional failure”

The decision by the Queensland-based electricity retailer to opt for the fine rather than meet their obligations is the first major act of non-compliance with the country’s renewable energy laws.

According to a Regulator spokesperson, ERM Power risks reputational damage with their hugely disappointing decision to undermine the RET by paying the fine instead of buying certificates of green-power generation, and unfortunately, it could lead to other organisations following suit. Read more

SEW turns to solar for Frankston head office's energy needs

SEW turns to solar for Frankston head office’s energy needs

Officially switched on by member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke at WatersEdge, the 384 panel installation will generate an average electricity output of more than 350kWh per day to help with SEW’s head office operations.

According to SEW managing director Kevin Hutchings, in summer this figure is expected to rise to 30% of their energy requirement during office hours. Read more