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CSIRO risks backing the wrong horse as it reacts to budget cuts

29 May, 2014 by Roger Dargaville, University of Melbourne

What happens to CSIRO when the federal government decides to strip away A$111 million over four years from its A$733 million annual contribution to the organisation's budget? We are beginning to find out.


PULS UC10.241 and UC10.242 DC buffer modules

08 May, 2014

DIN rail-mount power supplier PULS has released the UC10.241 and UC10.242 DC buffer modules. They extend buffer times by utilising electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC), which can provide a backup time of up to 33 s for a 10 A load.


Compressor consolidation leads to efficiency gains

05 May, 2014

Arrium, a mining and materials company, has consolidated the servicing and maintenance of its numerous compressors to just one supplier in a bid to reduce operating costs and improve compressed air supply up-time.


Solar shading matters

25 March, 2014

Sunny South Australia is leading the way in solar shading.


Substantial energy savings make air compressor decision easy

07 March, 2014

Australian manufacturer of flexible connectors Aquaknect Flexible recently replaced its ageing compressors with Atlas Copco's latest VSD (variable speed drive) compact oil-injected rotary screw air compressor - the GA VSD+.


PULS UB20.241 DC UPS

07 March, 2014

PULS has released the UB20.241 DC UPS. The product has been designed to be connected on the output side of a 24 VDC power supply and back up critical 24 VDC loads such as PLCs, RTUs and HMIs in the event of a power failure.


Curtin researchers create extreme rechargeable batteries

17 February, 2014

Chemical engineers at Curtin University have discovered a way to make rechargeable batteries - such as those found in laptops - with extreme capacity, potentially powering electrical cars to run more than 300 km before needing a recharge.


Dehn opens second site

03 February, 2014

Surge protection, lightning protection and safety equipment company Dehn has officially opened its new site in Mühlhausen, Germany.


Building energy intelligence in Las Vegas

24 January, 2014

The City of Las Vegas, already one of the most water-smart cities in the nation, was also searching for ways to become one of the most energy efficient. Advanced building intelligence software offered new and exciting potential to reduce energy costs, meet sustainability objectives and ensure continued high reliability of the power grid.


Fluke Calibration 6135A/PMUCAL Phasor Measurement Unit Calibration System

10 January, 2014

The Fluke Calibration 6135A/PMUCAL Phasor Measurement Unit Calibration System is claimed to be the only automated and traceable PMU calibration system available. It is suitable for PMU designers and manufacturers, national metrology institutes, third-party calibration houses and electrical utilities.


Cogeneration: size does matter

07 January, 2014 by Andrew LIM, MEng (Manufacturing), Cogen Consult

Cogeneration is not a new concept, yet many cogeneration plants perform at a suboptimal level because of sizing issues which determine the utilisation, potential heat recovery and ultimately the return of investment of the cogeneration plant. Many consider sizing a cogeneration plant a 'black art' and relegate it to the equipment suppliers. However, it is the customer who has to make the final, informed decision.


Cool way to save energy

12 November, 2013

Chill a drink in 45 seconds, that is the promise of a new gadget technology that also claims to be 80% more energy efficient than existing coolers.


Luxury apartment building certified by EnviroDevelopment

07 November, 2013

An apartment development in Teneriffe, Brisbane, has been certified by the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) green rating tool EnviroDevelopment. Ecco on Helen was awarded the certification for outstanding environmental outcomes in its treatment of waste, energy, materials, water and community.


Design tools to help install large-scale ocean energy arrays

31 October, 2013

Engineers are to create a suite of software to enable the design of ocean energy arrays.


Compressed air savings identified at carpet manufacturing plant

25 October, 2013

Godfrey Hirst Australia has been manufacturing in Australia for more than 140 years, producing an extensive range of residential and commercial carpet products. The company's engineers sought submissions from a number of compressed air specialists to conduct a full analysis of their compressed air supply system.


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