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.

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.

Dangerous gas detector boosts brownfield building

17 September, 2007

One of the main problems in developing disused brownfield sites is the risk from the underground accumulation of dangerous gases. Now an invention from a university company that monitors the deadly gas methane lingering in earth pockets could lead to much more building on old factory or industrial sites.

Public artwork to power homes

12 September, 2007

Plans for a tidal-powered lunar clock have been showcased at an exhibition in London. It is set to become one of the most recognised landmarks on the planet and the globe's first public artwork to power homes.

Low-emission energy future

11 September, 2007

Australia and China have signed an agreement that will pave the way for the installation of low-emission coal energy technology in Beijing.

Environment and Energy Efficiency Award

05 September, 2007

Downer EDI Engineering Electrical of Port Melbourne received the 2007 Environment and Energy Efficiency Award when National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) members celebrated excellence in Victorian projects.

Indoor air quality the focus

27 August, 2007

The second annual Eco Expo Asia will be held 27–30 October. This year it will highlight the theme of ‘Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)’, as this has become one of the increasing concerns in both the environmental health and safety field and the general public.

Photoionisation detectors for VOCs

22 August, 2007 | Supplied by: Active Environmental Solutions

Third-generation photoionisation detector (PID)-based instruments, the MiniRAE 3000 and ppbRAE 3000 are suitable for applications in industrial settings, environmental monitoring, indoor air quality and hazardous materials response applications. The products are intended for use where hydrocarbon-based chemicals pose a toxic threat. They can be used for both leak detection and industrial safety. The instruments both have intrinsic safety certifications for use in hazardous environments in the US and Canada.

Ultrasonic leak detector for energy conservation

25 July, 2007 | Supplied by: Compressed Air Australia Pty Ltd

Exair's Ultrasonic Leak Detector (ULD) is a handheld instrument that can locate costly leaks in a compressed air system. Leaks often account for over 30% of the compressed air consumed in industrial plants. A huge annual air savings worth tens of thousands of dollars is possible when the leaks are located and repaired. Testing the various unions, pipes, valves and fittings of a complete installation can be done quickly and effectively at distances up to 6.1 m away.

Home grown name in water solutions makes waves

16 July, 2007

An Australian owned and run water technology provider has caught the wave of industry growth, announcing its third major acquisition in 18 months.

HID lighting alternative

22 June, 2007 | Supplied by: Control Supplies Pty Ltd

The Powerboss Eluma system provides a low energy alternative to high intensity discharge (HID) lighting. While matching or exceeding light levels of a typical 400 W HID light, the Eluma system will only use around 108-230 W.

Bathurst green energy power station to go ahead

05 June, 2007

Transpacific Industries Group (Transpacific) in association with Country Energy and the Bathurst Regional Council have announced the start of construction on a ‘green energy’ (landfill gas fired) power station at Bathurst Waste Management Facility in Bathurst, NSW.

Caltex signs contract for Dalby ethanol

29 May, 2007

Caltex and Dalby Bio-Refinery Limited (DBRL) have announced a major contract for supply of ethanol from DBRL's new ethanol plant to be built at Dalby in Queensland's Darling Downs.

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