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

Recycler tackles aquaculture's waste

Recycler tackles aquaculture’s waste

Envorinex collects waste materials from the aquaculture industry such as salmon pens, black poly pipes used for irrigation, and feedlines, citing Tassal and Petuna Seafoods Tasmania as their main sources of feedstock.

“We collect them and bring them to our plant where we shred these materials and melt them down through an extrusion process and turn them back into a pellet that we then reuse to manufacture products. We’re processing about 800kg per hour,” Envorinex managing director Jenny Brown told Inside Waste, adding that everything the company collects is recycled and all products it manufactures are guaranteed recyclable. Read more

Exploring the gold mine that is the Northern Territory

Exploring the gold mine that is the Northern Territory

And now, it appears that the government is taking steps to ensure that it works closely with industry to address the issues in the territory.

It has, for one, underwritten the broad costs of Waste, Recycling Industry Association NT’s (WRINT) Northern Territory Waste Management and Resource Recovery Conference that will be held in March and two ministers, including Minister for Environment Lauren Moss will be attending the event, which WRINT CEO Rick Ralph says is evidence that the current government is putting its money where its mouth is. Read more

CEFC invests $150M into large-scale solar projects in NSW

CEFC invests $150M into large-scale solar projects in NSW

In a joint statement released by both organisations, it said that Prime Minister Turnbull had called on them both to focus on encouraging the development of these projects to help the country transition to a low-carbon electricity market.

During a speech to the National Press Club, Prime Minister Turnbull declared that the key requirements for Australia’s electricity system are that it should be affordable, reliable, and able to help meet national emissions-reduction targets. Read more

Waste Opportunist: The coffee catch (c)up

Waste Opportunist: The coffee catch (c)up

In response, the UK has seen an industry-led ‘Paper Cup Manifesto’, promising to deliver single-use cups that take into account end-of-life recycling options, creation of specific collection schemes, and more discussion on how to prevent these cups ending up as litter. Whilst this is admirable, in my experience most industry-led initiatives usually only arise out of a fear of being regulated. Even pledging a minimum recycled content in a new breed of fully recyclable single use coffee cups or developing a new litter strategy to address this particular scourge seems to be missing the point. Or is it just me? Read more