Sydney Markets' environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

Sydney Markets’ environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

The 640kW structure will save 936 tonnes of carbon each year – the equivalent of taking 522 small cars off the road annually – and was built as part of Sydney Markets continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

The extension will provide an additional 350 parking spaces in the multi-level car park, as well as a new 4.5 tonne goods lift.  Read more

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra's upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair's LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr's first live smart meter trial on the new network. Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. "These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage out to the market even quicker," Wright said. Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world's largest Cat-M1 IoT footprints, and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. According to Landis+Gyr's Australia, New Zealand and South East Asian CEO Adrian Clark, the Cat-M1 technology is absolutely critical for the organisation's smart meters. "Sierra Wireless' modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features," Clark said. "We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis-Gyr's rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure." The Cat-M1 network has the ability to connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services such as wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation, and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure. Senior vice president and general manager of embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless, Dan Schieler, believes the Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide. "With improved coverage and battery life, the Cat-M1 network will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones," Schieler said. "Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3 form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra's network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1." Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts, and the Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this. When deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speed and latency. Altair's vice president of worldwide marketing and sales Eran Eshed is proud to continue to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards, and looks forward to working with the project partners in this endeavour. "This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness."

Bringing forth the IoT era in Australia

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra’s upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair’s LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr’s first live smart meter trial on the new network.

Telstra’s group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. Read more

Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

You would think that recycling would be a priority for most of us.

Not only does recycling help recover much needed precious resources that can be reused, but it also helps us declutter – that in itself will make us feel good.

So then why aren’t more Australians recycling? Why are we holding onto old, broken and unwanted gadgets? Read more

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

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

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

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