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  • Using solar and air to create green hydrogen

    Using solar and air to create green hydrogen

    Low-cost green hydrogen has been manufactured using a combination of solar energy and water harvested from air. Pioneered by University of Newcastle Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and his team, the technique overcomes some of the key challenges limiting domestic production and availability of hydrogen fuel. The technology employs Moghtaderi’s Hydro Harvester — an innovation that ‘harvests’ […] More

  • sustainability on the takeaway menu

    sustainability on the takeaway menu

    Research examining seafood sustainability suggests that jellyfish could become the fish to your chips on a new sustainable takeaway menu to help keep threatened species off the plate. University of Queensland researchers analysed global industrial fishing records to reveal that 92 endangered and 11 critically endangered species of seafood were caught in oceans around the […] More

  • Pandemic pause of our war on waste

    Pandemic pause of our war on waste

    Only eight months ago, the world was a very different place. Shoppers were beginning to bring their own bags to grocery stores and opting to use disposable products. It was evident that consumer sentiment had massively shifted and a new focus on friendly packaging solutions was emerging. 2020 was set to be the year that […] More

  • The nitty-gritty on Bondi WWTP's tough pumps

    The nitty-gritty on Bondi WWTP’s tough pumps

    When Sydney Water’s Bondi Wastewater Treatment Plant needed repairs to two Gorman-Rupp Grit Pumps, authorised Australian distributor Hydro Innovations was called upon. The plant has four channel-type grit inlets, each with a Gorman-Rupp 6″ Super T Series pump sitting on a moving bridge above these channels, which ‘vacuums’ up the grit that sinks to the […] More

  • City of Melbourne looks to build a more sustainable city

    City of Melbourne looks to build a more sustainable city

    In a bid to lower energy and water bills and create a more sustainable and resilient city, councillors in the City of Melbourne will consider proposed changes to the planning scheme to deliver more sustainable buildings. Environment Portfolio Chair Cr Cathy Oke said encouraging investment in sustainable and energy-efficient buildings will help to reduce greenhouse […] More

  • Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands farewell single-use produce bags

    Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands farewell single-use produce bags

    Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands have introduced compostable bags throughout their stores for fresh fruit and vegetables, deli items and baked goods, reportedly becoming the first supermarkets in Australia to eliminate single-use plastic produce bags. The initiative — set to save more than 3 million plastic bags or 7 tonnes of soft plastic from going into […] More

  • ABB selected to power WA electric bus trial

    ABB selected to power WA electric bus trial

    Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) has appointed industrial technology and electrification company ABB to supply charging infrastructure for the state’s first electric bus trial. ABB will supply and install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Transperth’s Joondalup Bus Depot to power electric buses along the popular, free, 5 km Joondalup CAT (central area transit) […] More

  • Process begins to assess SA's water utility assets

    Process begins to assess SA’s water utility assets

    Water utility assets owned by three South Australian local government councils are seeking registrations of interest (ROI) in the first stage of a potential three-stage market testing process to determine the future of the assets. The assets are contained within a consortium of the three local government councils — the City of Onkaparinga, the Adelaide […] More

  • Blueprint shows bright future for Australian seaweed industry

    Blueprint shows bright future for Australian seaweed industry

    The release of an Australian Seaweed Industry Blueprint outlines plans for a $1.5 billion Australian seaweed industry that could employ 9000 people and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. The Australian seaweed industry plans to be a $100 million plus industry in the next five years, with investors and entrepreneurs lining up to get involved […] More

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    Tecpro solution solves offensive situation

    While Goulburn Mulwaree Council was constructing a new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant, four temporary settling ponds were required. One of these ponds contained materials that were in the early stages of processing. As a result, the pond was producing an invasive odour that was disturbing nearby residents. Tecpro Australia was contacted for urgent advice and […] More

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    Research enhances aluminium recycling technology

    Aluminium recycling has received a boost through new research into the effects of crystallisation. Researcher Dr Biao Cai from the University of Birmingham’s School of Metallurgy and Materials used sophisticated high-speed X-ray imaging to record the formation of microcrystals as alloys cool and solidify under a magnetic field. A mathematical model was developed by his […] More

  • Cutting-edge solar farm will support Qld targets

    Cutting-edge solar farm will support Qld targets

    Global solar and energy storage developer Luminous Energy has announced the sale of Queensland’s Columboola Solar Farm to Hana Financial Investment. The sale follows the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with CS Energy, a Queensland Government-owned energy business. The project will demonstrate how the latest solar technology innovations — such as high-power bifacial […] More

  • Victoria tackles pandemic-driven clinical waste surge

    Victoria tackles pandemic-driven clinical waste surge

    Coronavirus outbreaks in some of Victoria’s aged-care facilities have led to a hundredfold increase in clinical waste production. In response, the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre has rapidly coordinated a cross-government effort to manage the situation. The Response Centre has acted quickly to find a solution, working with private industry, the Victorian Government and regulators […] More

  • Reducing gas usage with renewable energy heating

    Reducing gas usage with renewable energy heating

    With gas still a key part of many industrial heating applications, researchers are looking renewable alternatives. In a project supported by ARENA and the new Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030 CRC), researchers from the University of South Australia’s Future Industry Institute (FII) are currently prototyping a commercial-scale system […] More

  • Adelaide Cemeteries awarded environmental accreditation

    Adelaide Cemeteries awarded environmental accreditation

    Adelaide Cemeteries has gained internationally recognised ISO 14001 environmental certification, reportedly becoming the first cemetery operator in Australia to do so. Adelaide Cemeteries CEO Robert Pitt said significant work had been undertaken over several years to improve environmental performance. “Environmental sustainability is a key pillar of Adelaide Cemeteries’ commitment to our community,” he said. Accreditation […] More

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