Sustainability > Energy

Boosting energy and resource efficiency in the manufacture of PET bottles

30 September, 2010

How can the efficiency of energy and resources be increased, in the long term, in the manufacture of PET bottles? As part of a project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and run by the Research Center of Karlsruhe*, experts have been investigating just this in the stretch blow-mould process chain. The project started in 2009 and should be completed by 2011. The first results have now been published.

Environmental win for Alcoa

30 September, 2010 by

Reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and energy use, thanks to innovative technology, have secured Alcoa a win at the 2010 WA Engineering Excellence Awards.

Flowmeters recover lost revenues

30 September, 2010

ABB flowmeters have enabled a US university to cut steam losses in its generation plant and recover more than $1.25 million a year in lost revenues. The solution has also created a campus-wide awareness of the need for energy efficiency.

Food manufacturer saves energy

30 September, 2010

Mars Petcare Australia has implemented a customised compressed-air system from Champion Compressors, optimising production, reliability and energy efficiency.

Natural ventilation and cooling

30 September, 2010

Ormiston Road Senior College in Auckland, due for completion in October 2010, was recently awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating by the independent Green Building Council of New Zealand. A total of 68 points were achieved overall, six points shy of a 6 Star rating. The use of Windcatchers allowed the college to secure one point for Green Star Innovation.

$63 million to bring Toyota engine line to Victoria

14 September, 2010

The Gillard government will invest $63 million to bring production of Toyota’s next-generation, four-cylinder engine for the Camry and Hybrid Camry to Australia.

Multibillion-dollar environmental funding program previewed

08 September, 2010

A multibillion-dollar environmental funding program has been previewed at one of the largest ever gatherings in Australia of environmental experts.

Origin to explore geothermal opportunities in Indonesia

07 September, 2010

Origin Energy Limited (Origin), as part of a consortium, has been successful in bidding for a geothermal exploration concession in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Electrical distribution SCADA solution for power efficiency

01 September, 2010

Schneider Electric has launched its PowerLogic SCADA software, which is a complete monitoring and control solution for electrical distribution networks. Having applied the insights and experience of working with major industry segments, Schneider Electric’s PowerLogic SCADA delivers a reliable, flexible and high-performance solution to reduce outages and increase power efficiency.

Better Place extends Tokyo trial

27 August, 2010

Better Place has announced that it has extended its switchable-battery electric vehicle taxi pilot in Tokyo to operate through the end of the year.

Progress on energy management standard

23 August, 2010

The future ISO 50001 standard for energy management was recently approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS).

Dimpleflo modular heat exchangers

20 August, 2010 by

The Dimpleflo modular heat exchangers can be used to recover energy from any warm or hot product or effluent.

Bringing light to heritage landmark

19 August, 2010

Today’s emerging sustainability requirements in the building industry are creating new types of considerations, particularly when designing modern solutions for heritage-listed properties.

Toyota to plug in tri-generation plant

12 August, 2010

Work has begun to install energy-saving technology at Toyota Australia’s corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne. The installation of the tri-gen plant is the next stage of Toyota Australia’s plan to reduce energy use at its headquarters by 40% from 2007/08 levels.


Energy-efficiency legislation powering up government agenda

11 August, 2010 by Peter Garrett*

Energy-efficiency legislation is powering up the government agenda but how should the government ensure any new schemes are widely adopted? Peter Garrett, Managing Director, mySmart CTI, comments.

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