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Remarkable development in Queenstown

29 September, 2011

The mountains surrounding Queenstown on New Zealand’s south island overlooking Lake Wakatipu are aptly known as The Remarkables. If you’re familiar with this part of the world you’ll appreciate the effort that went into establishing a 6.4-hectare master plan for the Kawarau Falls Station (KFS) development.

Ford rides into e-bike market

23 September, 2011

Alongside the exciting line-up of new vehicle and technology introductions on its stand at Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford is also unveiling a rather surprising addition to its range - an e-bike.

Are we setting the right priorities to address our energy challenges?

23 August, 2011

You might use one to dry your hair or wash your dishes. There’s one in every elevator and ventilation system. And in industry they run machines, pumps, fans, conveyors and more. I’m talking about electric motors. They are quite literally everywhere and they use a lot of energy.

Transition to renewable energy in Europe

09 August, 2011

The transition to renewable energy is set to deliver an economic pay-off in the years to come. Various studies show that a shift to alternative energy sources will raise the GNP in the coming decade and create new jobs, as Prof Eicke Weber, spokesperson for the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance, points out. Fraunhofer scientists are developing concepts and solutions for the transition as it takes shape.

Report highlights energy-saving technologies for industrial refrigeration

02 August, 2011

NSW Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker has launched an Energy Saver technology report at Tamburlaine winery, in the Hunter Valley, which has slashed its power use by half.

Australia urged to increase investment in renewables

02 August, 2011

A KPMG annual survey of global renewable energy mergers and acquisitions showed an increase of over 70% for deals closed in 2010 compared to 2009, with 2011 showing no sign of a slowdown in activities.

Master of Energy Systems university course

01 August, 2011

The University of Melbourne has launched a new graduate program to train future leaders in energy business and technology. The new Master of Energy Systems has been developed in close consultation with industry, in response to rapid changes to today’s global energy sector.

Trigeneration at the new Royal Children’s Hospital

27 July, 2011

Rapid developments in medical technology, the paradigm shift to patient and family-centred care, and the inability of aging hospitals to accommodate the latest models of care, have all contributed to the current worldwide boom in hospital redevelopment.

Trigeneration precinct for commercial buildings in Sydney

24 June, 2011

In April 2011, two major players in Australia’s corporate landscape switched on a system to generate lower-emissions electricity at Coca-Cola Place in North Sydney and share its benefits with Deutsche Bank Place across the harbour. The NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Hon Chris Hartcher, MP, officially launched the trigeneration precinct for these two commercial buildings.

First successful Solar Flagships Program applicants announced

21 June, 2011

Two leading-edge solar technologies from BP Solar and Wind Prospect CWP have become the first successful applicants for the federal government’s $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program.

Getting smart with energy management

09 June, 2011

Emissions from electricity production are one of the major contributors for global warming, being responsible for up to 40% of the carbon footprint in some developed countries. The demand for electrical energy will continue to grow and the question really becomes, what do we need to do to meet this demand without increasing the carbon footprint?

Energy management standard launching

09 June, 2011

With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the publication on 15 June of the ISO International Standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems is an eagerly awaited event because it is estimated the standard could have a positive impact on some 60% of the world’s energy use.

6 stars for office complex

01 June, 2011

Macquarie Group’s iconic headquarters in Sydney’s Darling Harbour has set high standards in environmental sustainability and workplace functionality, achieving a coveted 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Owned and managed by Brookfield Multiplex, the $316 million complex incorporates a range of technologies such as harbour water cooling, passive chilled beam air conditioning and an innovative lighting control system.

Grant for a 'greener' Holden Commodore

19 May, 2011

A $39.8m Green Car Innovation Fund grant will help Holden transform the way it designs, engineers and manufactures the Commodore, reducing fuel consumption by more than 7%.

Energy efficiency vital for future profitability

19 May, 2011

A survey conducted by the Economists Intelligence Units (EIU) as part of a global overview of trends in energy efficiency shows nine out of 10 executives in the manufacturing and power utilities sector see energy efficiency as critical to profitability over the next two decades.

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