Government continues to grow renewable energy industry

09 June, 2009

The Australian government has released the final legislation for the expanded Renewable Energy Target (RET) which will allow for the creation of ‘Solar Credits’ to replace the existing Solar Homes and Communities Plan (SHCP) from today onwards.

Solar shading device for high-rise buildings

29 May, 2009 | Supplied by: GHD Pty Ltd

GHD has developed a concept to cut energy use in high-rise buildings.

Solar power technology

29 May, 2009 | Supplied by: Transfield Pty Ltd

The Linear Fresnel Solar Power Plant, which is now in commercial operation, has been developed in Spain by a company majority owned by Transfield Holdings, Novatec Biosol AG.

Biodiesel analysis

28 May, 2009 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

The iCAP 6000 Series of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) emission spectrometers can be used for monitoring elemental contaminants in biodiesel. The dedicated radial plasma view configuration of the system provides enhanced analytical capabilities for important elements such as sulfur and phosphorus while the enhanced matrix tolerance (EMT) torch and swing frequency RF generator easily handle organic matrix samples and ensure improved stability.

Green energy gas flow measurement guide

28 May, 2009 | Supplied by: AMS Instrumentation & Calibration Pty Ltd

Process and plant engineers responsible for green energy production, co-generation electric power, pollution monitoring or environmental compliance will find the Green Energy Gas Flow Measurement Application guide from Fluid Components International (FCI) provides unique solutions to meeting the challenges of precise air/gas flow measurement in clean, wet or dry hydrocarbon-based gases.

Smart energy technology

28 May, 2009 | Supplied by: EcoEnergy Innovations Pty Ltd

La Trobe University’s Centre for Technology Infusion and Melbourne-based semiconductor developer Semitech Innovations have joined forces to deliver a cost-effective solution to energy management through joint venture R&D company EcoEnergy Innovations Pty Ltd.

Hybrid solar panels

27 May, 2009 | Supplied by: Sanyo Solar Products

Sanyo has launched a solar panel for the Australian market which produces 205 W under standard test conditions. The HIP-205NKHB1W HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer) cells combine technology from two common solar cells in the marketplace, crystalline and amorphous, to create an efficient and effective solar cell.

IR imaging in building

27 May, 2009 | Supplied by: Teledyne FLIR

The B400 infrared camera is designed for detecting energy loss from buildings. The camera is used to scan equipment and structures and measure and display heat. Thermal images are then produced for monitoring or quantitative temperature analysis.

Thermal imager

27 May, 2009 | Supplied by: Testo Pty Ltd

The testo 880 thermal imager, which comes in three different versions, is being used to increase efficiency in buildings. The imager can be used for building thermography to see where heat is being leaked from a building’s insulation. With this knowledge users can maximise the efficiency of the heating system, by minimising heat loss.

Waves for future energy

20 May, 2009

This article includes details on a new technology that extracts energy from ocean waves and either converts it into electricity or uses it to convert seawater into desalinated potable water.

Boost for Australian solar power research

15 May, 2009

Germany’s Roth & Rau AG, an international supplier for the solar power industry, will set up a silicon solar cell production line at the University of New South Wales. The pilot line will be the backbone of the $20 m Solar Industrial Research Facility (SIRF) at UNSW.

Solar power projects seeking proposals

12 May, 2009

The Alice Solar City Consortium is seeking proposals from solar technology providers to develop iconic projects at Ilparpa (south of Alice Springs) and the Alice Springs Airport.

$4.2 million for Mt Barker wind farm

23 April, 2009

Western Australia’s renewable energy capacity has been boosted with the announcement of $4.2 million in funding for the Mt Barker wind farm.

Linear Fresnel solar power plant in commercial operation

23 April, 2009

The world’s first Linear Fresnel solar power plant in commercial operation has been developed in Spain by a company majority owned by Transfield Holdings, Novatec Biosol AG.

Mighty wings for wind power

17 April, 2009

A new wind turbine that promises to advance the harnessing of offshore wind energy has been given the go-ahead in the UK. No longer is the structure just a gigantic propeller atop a cylindrical tower, but instead it is a pair of V-shaped arms up to 120 m high with four rigid 'winglets' along their length.

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