eeXtra – August 2015
A round-up of energy efficiency news from Australia and around the world.
Australian Renewable Energy Agency supports research, feasibility studies and the deployment and commercialisation of innovations in the sector. A new infographic shows the pivotal role ARENA has in each step of enabling renewable energy technologies.
The 2016 Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity will be held at Manly in Sydney on 24–26 February. The Summer Study brings together over 300 leaders, experts, practitioners and researchers from Australia and overseas from industry, government, the research community and consumer groups.
Abstracts are now sought from innovative potential contributors, with submissions due by Thursday 24 September.
Source: Catalyst Event Solutions
Shell and The Australian, in partnership with the Department of Industry and Science, are calling for start-ups to apply for the fifth annual Innovation Challenge. The range of categories to excel in includes agriculture, energy and infrastructure, with thousands of dollars in assistance for the winners. Entries close on 7 September.
Source: Startup Daily
The Clean Energy Regulator has released new auction guidelines for the Emissions Reduction Fund auction on 4-5 November 2015. Potential participants in the November auction must submit their full project application to the Clean Energy Regulator by 18 September 2015.
Source: Clean Energy Regulator
Melbourne’s Alto Hotel on Bourke is so far Australia's only 6 Star NABERS energy rated hotel. The century-old heritage building was upgraded to carbon-neutral status at a cost of $8m. The sale of the Alto will test the market for sustainable buildings.
Source: The Fifth Estate
Measures to significantly improve energy efficiency at Canberra Hospital have been announced by the ACT Government. The initiatives will bring energy savings of nearly $500,000 per year by 2017–18.
Engineering professor Zhibin Yu has developed a highly efficient and low-cost light emitting diode (LED) that could rapidly accelerate uptake of the technology. The innovation greatly reduces the amount of material required in the manufacturing process.
Enterprises that focus on energy productivity manage energy in the same way they do labour inputs, raw materials, and other production factors—with the aim of optimising the yield from the resource. Christian Weeks shares some best practices for benchmarking current energy productivity performance for driving improvements.
Source: Energy Smart
The US Department of Energy has spent millions researching gallium nitride (GaN), citing its potential to reduce worldwide energy consumption. GaN transistors enable far greater energy efficiency than silicon, with broad application for use in consumer devices, electric cars and data centres.
Businesses like Coca Cola, 3M, The North Face, and London’s Heathrow Airport are busting through energy efficiency myths to attain greater profits this year. Jon Rabinowitz presents an infographic that debunks several common fallacies against implementing energy efficiency.
Source: Panoramic Power
Whitbread (est. 1742) runs thousands of hotels, restaurants and cafes in the UK. The British Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) provides an effective framework for large business like Whitbread to identify their options for energy efficiencies across all of their activities.
Researchers at the US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a sponge-like molecular system that not only captures carbon dioxide, it also selectively reduces it to useful carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a primary building block for a range of chemical products including fuels, pharmaceuticals and plastics.
Source: Berkeley Lab