Redback Technologies in NZ for Virtual Power Plant trial

Redback’s Smart Hybrid System will be used as part of a two-year solar and battery technology trial designed to support Wellingtonians in the event of a natural disaster.

The technology will allow residents to access energy from solar power generation and battery storage when the electricity grid is under pressure during peak times or is compromised due to outages.

Tim Latimer, director of sales for Oceania at Redback Technologies, says that Redback began talks with Contact Energy at the beginning of the year after Contact employees saw their product at a show. Read more

Batteries paving the path to a cleaner and greener future

Batteries paving the path to a cleaner and greener future

The report showed 87% of power generated in Australia comes from fossil fuels while just 13% is generated from renewables.

While there has been a greater effort to integrate renewables into the grid, there is huge potential to make both renewables and fossil fuel powered systems significantly more efficient.

To reduce the strain on the grid during peak power use periods – in the early evening and in the morning before standard work hours – utilities have started to explore the idea of energy storage in batteries as a means to balance the grid. Read more

ReNu Energy & SCA Property partner for major solar development

ReNu Energy & SCA Property partner for major solar development

Shopping centres are major users of energy, with large indoor centres requiring a substantial amount of energy for heating and cooling, lighting systems, displays, point of sales systems, cinema projectors, cooking equipment and countless other appliances.

The agreement will reduce the energy costs and improve the green credentials of the shopping centres that are located in regional areas of New South Wales and South Australia. Read more

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Tourist and heritage railway groups who are currently using second hand timber sleepers to keep their tracks running are driving demand for an alternative sleeper material, as these groups can’t keep up with the maintenance of timber sleepers that currently only have a lifespan of five to 15 years.

Victorian manufacturer of composite recycled plastic products – Integrated Recycling – is involved with the recycled plastic sleeper project and is currently using their facility in Mildura to prove that plastic sleepers will be able to properly support trains. Read more

Australia's largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

Australia’s largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

The project will see the installation of 1253 individual 435w panels over the next three months on all available roof space of the hospital and maintenance shed, with a total system size of 545kW, and a cost of more than $1 million.

Friendly Society Private Hospital’s business development manager Stuart Bonnett, said that the increasing cost of electricity was one of the main drivers behind this initiative. Read more

To build a more sustainable city, collaboration is key

To build a more sustainable city, collaboration is key

A co-founder of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Atkinson has built her career around the economics of urban sustainability, and was once the global head of sustainability for Lendlease.

With the theme of this year’s Oration being Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cities, Atkinson drew upon her experience in the field as a sustainability strategist to highlight the climate positive actions occurring across cities in Australia and around the globe. Read more

LEGO just smashed its 100% renewable energy goal

LEGO just smashed its 100% renewable energy goal

To achieve its target, the LEGO Group invested $1.2 billion over four years in two offshore wind farms, and 20,000 solar panels to be installed on the roof of the company’s factory in Jiaxing in China.

In 2016, more than 360GW hours of energy were used by LEGO to produce the more than 75 billion LEGO bricks sold around the world during the year.  Read more

Sustainable Insights: 'Social licence' critical to business success

Sustainable Insights: ‘Social licence’ critical to business success

Melbourne is now Australia’s fastest-growing city. With more than 107,000 new residents coming here in 2016, processing and disposing of waste presents environmental and human challenges, but also opportunities for government, business and industry.

Investment by the waste, resource recovery and manufacturing industries with some Victorian government help is supporting growth in the sector and generating jobs as projects are planned constructed and made operational. Read more

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell’s new service draws from the collecting power of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, mobile applications and Honeywell’s service engineers.

Combining advanced automation and data analytics, Outcome Based Service enables Honeywell service engineers to assess and scrutinise building assets around the clock, allowing them to identify anomalies and misconfigurations earlier than traditional maintenance to help save time and money.  Read more

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

To explain the process, food waste will be blended with sewage and the mixture is then converted into methane gas through a process called anaerobic co-digestion.

The obtained methane is then used as fuel to heat an anaerobic digester and to produce electricity to power the plant, with the entire process occurring in a contained system to eliminate any odours. Read more