Peninsula sports reserve's solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

Peninsula sports reserve’s solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

The Peninsula ECO project involves the connection of more than 16,500 properties on the Mornington Peninsula to an intelligent pressure sewer network that is able to cope with the region’s peak season usage, while also tackling the issue of failing septic tanks that can cause pollution of ground water and waterways.

With Morning Peninsula Shire Council facing repairs to an ageing septic tank system serving the reserve’s busy club rooms, SEW saw an opportunity to showcase its solar powered pressure sewer technology, which uses solar PV panels as the source of energy for the pressure sewer pump and OneBox controller. Read more

Growing a sustainable biogas sector in Australia

Growing a sustainable biogas sector in Australia

Last month, Australia hosted its first meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 37: Energy from Biogas.

The group seeks to promote the deployment of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology for renewable energy production and environmental protection, and the provision of expert scientific and technical support to policy makers in member countries.

Globally, there is no single driver for the production and utilisation of biogas. Read more

MAR system trials aim to enhance water security and sustainability

MAR system trials aim to enhance water security and sustainability

Golder is working with clients in New Zealand’s North and South Islands on the MAR trials, which focuses on conjunctive management of ground and surface water at the catchment-wide scale.

Drought is estimated to cost the Australian economy $6.3 billion a year, and the pilot studies are showing potential long-lasting benefits for drought-hit large-scale water users, farmers, and the greater community across Australasia. Read more

Kalbarri to improve grid reliability with microgrid project

Kalbarri to improve grid reliability with microgrid project

The proposed microgrid by Western Power would include a large-scale battery with a minimum capacity of 2MW/h, as well as renewable generation sources such as the Kalbarri wind farm, and rooftop solar on Kalbarri households.

According to Energy Minister Mike Nahan, Kalbarri was chosen because of its reliability issues stemming from being on the end of a very long feeder line.

“Kalbarri is a very popular tourist spot – the population always goes up and down, but it is at the end of a 140km power line that has issues,” Nahan said. Read more

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Aspiring to effectively become a one-stop-shop for landlords and tenants looking to drive down building costs and operations, the business was started in 2014 by co-founder’s Daniel Barber and Toby Greenane.

The duo combine technologies, products and services – including energy audits, lighting upgrades, energy storage, and solar panel installations – to help clients reduce and manage their energy needs. Read more

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Sydney Markets generates 12,000 tonnes of waste a year, and the increasing cost of waste disposal was a primary motivator in encouraging the markets to look at doing things differently.

Over the past decade, both organisations have been working together to find solutions to everything from the market’s general waste and recycling services, trucks and motorised equipment for waste collection and delivery, cardboard recycling, and daily site clean-ups. Read more

OPPO stresses importance of product stewardship

OPPO stresses importance of product stewardship

Smartphone manufacturer OPPO has become the latest organisation to implement a better approach to managing the impacts of their various products and materials by joining up with the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling program MobileMuster, which provides a free take-back program for old mobiles and accessories to keep them out of landfill.

According to OPPO chief marketing officer Michael Tran, becoming a member of MobileMuster enables our customers to keep their old devices out of landfill, and instead recycle these products to put re-usable materials back into the supply chain. Read more

Taking the lead to close the e-waste loop

Taking the lead to close the e-waste loop

But treating e-waste should not simply be viewed as only an end-of-pipe problem. There needs to be a shift in thinking towards treating electronic equipment as a product stewardship and circular economy opportunity.

The time to act is now, says Telstra, particularly as the rapid evolution of technology continues to drive significant growth in e-waste around the world.

This year, the telco received 60% of old phones returned for recycling and has helped more than 600 small businesses recycle some 60 tonnes of e-waste. Read more

Renault launches new carbon emissions offset program

Renault launches new carbon emissions offset program

Renault’s Go Green to Grow Green initiative aims to offset the expected carbon emissions of all Bamboo Green Trafics during the first seven years of their working lives.

Renault Australia’s managing director Justin Hocevar is confident that this initiative will make Bamboo Green Renault Trafic vans synonymous with reduced carbon footprints, and he encourages customers who are keen to be seen to be making a difference to buy one.

“We are working to provide our customers with a vehicle to express their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint,” Hocevar said. Read more

US P2P energy sharing company sets up shop in Australia

US P2P energy sharing company sets up shop in Australia

LO3 Energy set up their office in Byron Bay as part of plans for a global rollout of demonstration microgrid sites based on the company’s proven P2P trading platform, which will be headed up by former Australian environmental finance professional Belinda Kinkead.

According to Kinkead, while the LO3 is certainly not the only company looking to develop P2P energy trading in Australia, it does arrive here with the advantage of having already delivered proof of concept in America. Read more