eeXtra – March 2015
A round-up of energy efficiency news from Australia and around the world.
Wyndham Resort in Coffs Harbour reports that its energy reduction initiatives have led to savings of $20 000 in just one year. The resort reduced consumption in peak periods, installed LED lighting and energy-efficient pool pumps. These and other measures have helped meet the demand for more environmentally friendly guest accommodation.
Source: Sustainable Hotel News
The ‘Australian Innovation System Report 2014’ compiles and analyses data on business innovation, skills development, education, R&D, and capital investment. The 2014 edition notes that Australia has 19 industries that are internationally competitive, and high innovation capability is found in all but one of these sectors.
Source: Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry and Science
The Energy Account, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4604.0) compiles detailed statistics to monitor changes in the supply and use of energy over time. It provides data on Australia’s energy use at a glance, as well more in-depth analysis of the total economy with breakdowns for industrial and household usage. Analysis of supply and demand statistics is also given.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, has announced that an expert panel will review national energy market governance arrangements. ‘The importance of good governance is even more critical in a world of higher energy prices, of changing ownership structures and of new technologies like photovoltaic solar systems, electric vehicles and smart meters,’ the Minister said.
Source: Minister for Industry and Science
Packaging manufacturer Orora is looking to achieve annual energy savings of 11.8 GWh in its New Zealand operations. The company’s recent energy efficiency improvements in Orora’s Australian operations have resulted in significant savings as well as benefits such as increased output and greater engagement with staff.
Source: Manufacturers’ Monthly
Carnegie’s world-first grid-connected submerged wave power station is now generating electricity for the naval base at Garden Island, WA. The Perth Wave Energy Project was switched on by the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Science, who noted the project as ‘great evidence of a commercial success in renewable energy.’
Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
An American company has developed a power-train for commercial trucks that combines electric motors and batteries with a gas-turbine range extender for long-haul operations. The power-trains can be retrofitted to older vehicles.
This article outlines the approach taken by a hospital in Ontario, Canada, to upgrade its energy systems. The hospital spent $10 million on the upgrade over five years and reports savings of over 3.5 GWh per year. ‘It’s a combination of replacing old with new and hooking up our existing systems to building automation so we can control them better,’ said Allan McLuskie, director of facilities at the hospital.
New standards in the US will see the introduction of water heaters that use between 4% and 50% less power. Water heating in the US is, on average, the second largest household energy expense behind space heating. The US Department of Energy estimates the efficiency measures will save consumers US$8.7 billion over the next 30 years.
Source: Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP)
Energy managers from Johnson & Johnson and Adidas offer ten tips for securing energy-efficiency funding. Advice includes presenting upgrades as investments rather than expenses and not ignoring low-hanging fruit.
Low-cost wireless sensor technology for HVAC control is being developed by researchers at the US Department of Energy. By providing control systems with detailed data on factors influencing temperature, the technology has the potential to reduce consumption in buildings by as much as 30%.
Source: R&D Magazine