Potential growth for Australian biofuels and bioproducts

26 November, 2007

A range of biologically-based products — from speciality chemicals to biodegradable plastics and packaging materials produced from plants instead of petroleum — offers new opportunities for Australian farmers.

Smarter energy storage

26 November, 2007

Development of the first hybrid battery suitable for storing electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind is now a step closer, according to CSIRO and Cleantech Ventures.

Remote site monitor

23 November, 2007 | Supplied by: Acutec Systems Ltd

The Acutec Messenger is a universal event-driven satellite communication system that transmits alarm notifications and a limited amount of data from remote sites.

Solar grid feed inverter

23 November, 2007 | Supplied by: Solar Energy Australia

The Orion is a true sine wave, non-isolated DC-AC inverter designed for solar grid-feeding applications.

The importance of using alternative fuels

22 November, 2007 by Carolyn Jackson, Editor

Dirk Lechtenberg from MVW Lechtenberg & Partners, spoke to Sustainability Matters about the importance of alternative fuels and the impact on Australia's relationship with Germany after Australia's refusal to sign Kyoto

WA needs half million more workers in a decade

12 November, 2007

Western Australia will need up to 400,000 additional workers over the next decade to sustain its resources boom, according to a report from the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).

Plans for clean-coal project

02 November, 2007

ScottishPower energy company has put forward revolutionary plans to convert its two biggest power stations to clean-coal technology.

Appointments to technical advisory board

23 October, 2007

Australian geothermal energy company KUTh Energy Limited has announced the first appointment to its Technical Advisory Board.  

Fleet drives transport into a greener future

15 October, 2007

The Panasonic World Solar Challenge (PWSC) is back this month (21-28 October) and is celebrating its 20th anniversary with another 3000 km journey straight down Australia’s desert belly, on the Stuart Highway — from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.

Government introduces biofuels legislation

10 October, 2007

The government will introduce the Biofuels Bill into Parliament, which will bring into force the biofuels sales obligation.

Environmental improvement in sustainability indexes

28 September, 2007

Royal Philips Electronics has improved its sustainability performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the fourth consecutive year, showing that the company continues to capitalise on the growing demand for energy-efficient and eco-friendly products.

Sea energy showcase

28 September, 2007

A plan to test new wave-power devices off the coast of south-west England will create what claims to be the world's largest wave farm and establish the area as a global leader in the technology's development.

Production costs of advanced biofuels are similar to grain-ethanol

26 September, 2007

Second-generation biorefineries like those making biofuel from lignocellulosic feedstocks such as straw, grasses and wood have long been touted as the successor to today's grain ethanol plants, but until now the technology has been considered too expensive to compete. However, recent increases in grain prices mean that production costs are now similar for grain ethanol and second-generation biofuels, according to a paper published in the first edition of Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining.

Carbon-neutral in the outback

24 September, 2007 | Supplied by: Water Recycle Group Australia (WRG)

In a first for remote Australian communities, Water Recycle Group (WRG) is installing a solar-powered package wastewater treatment system with full water re-use capabilities

Diesel exhaust kills throat cells

18 September, 2007

Researchers at Deakin University have found that diesel exhaust is far more damaging to our health than exhaust from biodiesel, the plant-based fuel.

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