WaterGroup partners with Thinxtra to deliver major water savings

This will be achieved by connecting WaterGroup’s leading-edge IoT-based smart water meters with the Sigfox Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). The Sigfox network will cover 95% of the Australian population by the end of the year. Currently, the network covers 71%. WaterGroup managing director Guenter Hauber-Davidson says they spent 18 months researching and developing …
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Ethical and responsible investments continue strong growth in Australia

Released by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), the report shows ‘core’ responsibly invested Australian share funds and balanced multi-sector funds have outperformed their equivalent mainstream funds over three, five and ten-year periods. RIAA CEO Simon O’Connor believes one of the biggest drivers of this has been that more Australians want to see their investments and …
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Brooklyn microgrid set to be replicated in South Australia

The significant deal will create South Australia’s first local energy marketplace and could be the start of an industry-changing renewable energy sharing revolution, enabling customers buying renewable energy to set their own price, rather than being beholden to the grid. LO3 Energy, which has created a secure way of trading energy, battery storage and demand …
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Eco-conscious businesses regaining momentum

According to research conducted by the State of the Environment report in 2016, being eco-conscious has been an increasing concern among Australians with 57% of all Australian businesses making use of more eco-conscious practices in day-to-day operations since 2012. According to Dominique Lyone, general manager of Australian-owned and operated national office products company COS, a …
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Pushing for phosphate-free detergents in two years

A new report has found alarming levels of phosphates in 62% of the auto dishwasher tablets sold in Coles and Woolworths stores nationally over the last 12 months. Back in 2010, Jon Dee – co-founder and managing director at DoSomething – launched a campaign to get laundry detergent manufacturers to voluntarily phase out the use …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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