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NZ’s $4.6 billion national grid investment

29 May, 2012

The Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) has welcomed the government’s Budget announcement that $4.6 billion would be spent upgrading the national electricity grid over the next 10 years.

NICTA leads $5m geothermal ‘big data’ analytics initiative

12 March, 2012

NICTA is leading a multimillion-dollar, ICT-enabled, geothermal energy initiative announced by the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE).

ABB and partners to evaluate the re-use of the Nissan Leaf battery for commercial purposes

25 January, 2012

ABB, 4R Energy, Nissan North America (NNA) and Sumitomo Corporation of America have formed a partnership to evaluate the re-use of the battery packs that power the Nissan Leaf, the world’s first and only all-electric car designed for the mass market. The purpose is to evaluate and test the residential and commercial applications of energy storage systems or backup power sources using lithium-ion battery packs reclaimed from electric vehicles after use.

Report reveals big savings in small energy

05 January, 2012

Smarter use of local energy resources can cut both power bills and carbon emissions, according to a new report from the University of Technology, Sydney.

O'Donnell Griffin completes alternative energy projects in NZ

19 October, 2011

O'Donnell Griffin has completed two alternative energy projects in New Zealand on time, on budget and with zero lost-time injuries.

Is gas cleaner than coal?

18 May, 2011

Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the US could do more to aggravate global warming than mining coal, according to a Cornell study published in the May issue of the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change Letters.

US invests in NZ green energy technology

19 April, 2011

The United States Department of Energy has invested in a wave energy project using technology developed by a company in New Zealand.

Tri-generation plant at RSL

15 October, 2010

Rooty Hill RSL has completed installation of a tri-generation power plant which is designed to future-proof its growing power requirements in a green and efficient way. At a total cost of more than $4.5 million, it is expected Rooty Hill RSL will lower its carbon emissions by 50% as a result of the installation.

ABB and GM to collaborate on electric car battery research

28 September, 2010

ABB, the power and automation technology group, and General Motors have signed a non-exclusive memorandum of understanding to cooperate on a research and development project that will investigate uses for electric vehicle batteries once their useful life in the vehicle is over.

Australia to be a major force in wind energy

24 June, 2010 by Tim Rourke*

According to GE Energy’s Australian CEO Tim Rourke, Australia is currently positioned to be one of the world’s dominant forces in renewable energy … as long as the government continues to support stable policy making in this area.

Study on benefits and impacts of renewable energy on networks announced

23 June, 2010

The Energy Networks Association and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation have announced the commencement of a joint project focused on exploring the impacts and benefits of embedded generation for Australian electricity networks.

Australian company set to supply electric vehicle charging infrastructure

09 June, 2010

Australia has the option to install Australian-made technology as an alternative to imported charging stations: Sydney-based E-Green Technologies has developed the E-Charger, which is said to be the only locally designed, developed, manufactured and patented EV charging station and can be paid and enabled by mobile phone, requiring no network subscriptions.

ABB SafeWind switchgear for wind turbines

31 May, 2010 by

SafeWind slim medium-voltage switchgear is small enough to fit through the narrow doorway of the turbine tower. Designed specifically to meet the switchgear requirements of wind turbine manufacturers for compactness, safety and flexibility, SafeWind is a complete range of secondary distribution gas-insulated switchgear for onshore and offshore applications in the global wind power market.

Australia’s biggest-ever renewable energy conference begins

03 May, 2010

Adelaide is hosting the biggest renewable energy conference in Australia’s history as more than 700 delegates gather to prepare for a multi-billion dollar expansion of the clean energy industry over the next decade.

Cogeneration, trigeneration, my generation

15 March, 2010

In a panel discussion at the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services exhibition (ARBS 2010) chaired by Steve Hennessy Director at Steensen Varming (Aust) Pty Ltd, panellists Chris Derksema of City of Sydney, Blair Healy - founder and Manager of Cogent Energy, and Bruce Precious - Sustainability Manager at The GPT Group will discuss the opportunities and barriers to cogeneration as a practical and viable tool for reducing a building’s carbon footprint.

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