Hotel saving energy

18 January, 2010 | Supplied by: mySmart Pty Ltd

Crowne Plaza Terrigal recently installed the mySmart Hotel Room Control System which intelligently controls the air conditioning in each of its 199 guest rooms. The Smart Digital Thermostat is easy and intuitive to use - it uses motion sensing and door switches to detect when the room is in use. The thermostat can be used in stand-alone mode, control the room lights or integrate with the hotel’s check-in system.

mySmart EBMPIR miniature presence detector

14 January, 2010 | Supplied by: mySmart Pty Ltd

The mySmart EBMPIR is a small 360° detector measuring just 28 mm (ceiling mounted 38 mm) with all the features of a larger size detector. It has a range of 5 m (diameter) and controls various types of lighting: fluorescent, CFL and low voltage.

Sugar research sweetens biofuels progress

07 January, 2010

Two forward-looking corporations have teamed up to develop the potential production of biodiesel fuel from renewable products such as sugarcane waste, woodchips and more.

Alternative fuels: investing in the future

02 December, 2009 by Wendy Cramer

Peak oil and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions mean that Australia will have no choice but to rely on alternative fuels in the future. Research suggests there are a number of alternatives that can bridge the gap, but a substantial investment in infrastructure is required before they are commercially available.

Solar energy

01 December, 2009 by Jenny Bieksha, Bishop & Associates | Supplied by: Bishop & Associates

In 2009, the global solar industry remains in a very strong position, despite the faltering global economy. A number of factors are driving strong growth in the global solar industry today: government policy incentives and carbon regulation; volatility in the fossil fuels markets; climate change, energy security issues; and the need for increased energy production to meet growing demand.

NSW government support for solar goes gross

12 November, 2009

NSW is set to adopt a gross feed-in tariff to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in the state. The policy, which has long been advocated by the sector, was announced by the NSW government today.

Coca-Cola Amatil’s distribution centre in Eastern Creek

10 November, 2009 | Supplied by: Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened its new distribution centre at Eastern Creek, which is partly powered by nearly 700 solar panels on its roof.

Charging towards an electric future

10 November, 2009

The wheels are now in motion for the rollout of electric vehicle charging stations for the Australian market with the announcement of an exclusive distribution agreement between a locally owned business and a world-leading, US-based technology company.

Clean algae biofuel project

05 November, 2009

Australian scientists are achieving the world's best production rates of oil from algae grown in open saline ponds, taking them a step closer to creating commercial quantities of clean biofuel for the future. Construction of a multimillion-dollar pilot plant in WA’s north-west will start in January.

Cost of installed solar photovoltaic systems in the US fell in 2008

27 October, 2009

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the US, showing that the average cost of these systems declined by more than 30% from 1998 to 2008. Within the last year of this period, costs fell by more than 4%.

New solar car to shine

08 October, 2009

The University of New South Wales solar racing team, Sunswift, has unveiled an all-new solar car to contest this year’s Global Green Challenge race from Darwin to Adelaide.

Telstra trials green cell in network

01 October, 2009

Telstra is trialling an energy-efficient hydrogen fuel cell in its live network which has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% compared with an equivalent-sized diesel generator.

Temperature monitor module

30 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Clarke & Severn Electronic Solutions

Based on the use of Wavetherm modules, the Wavenis temperature remote measurement and regulation solution is flexible with regard to its architecture and the type of data collection equipment with which it is used.

Network repeater

25 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Clarke & Severn Electronic Solutions

Coronis Wavetalk gives the user the flexibility to deploy data collection and monitoring networks to suit any topology. With its 500 mW transmitter, the long-range version of the device provides reliable data connections over distances of up to several kilometres.

PC-based administration

25 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Clarke & Severn Electronic Solutions

The Coronis Wavenet Manager is a PC- and server-based application that is said to make remote meter-reading and network administration easy. It also provides secure integration of customer data to existing information systems and data processing tools.

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