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Achieving Sustainable Transport: ATA EV Meeting

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 23rd, 2011

23 March , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Image: Electric Bike On An Electric Train by Buddhabless via flickr CC

Speaker – Patrick Hearps of BZE (
Convenor: Mario Giannattilio

  • How can we achieve an emission free transport system?
  • Where do bikes and e-bikes fit in?
  • What do we do with freight deliveries?
  • What about long distance travel?
  • What are the problems that have to be overcome?

Patrick Hearps is a Chemical Engineer and is currently a Research Fellow in Energy & Transport Systems at the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute. He was a lead author on the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan and is now co-ordinating the ZCA Transport Plan.
Patrick will give a brief overview of the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan, released in mid 2010 which details how Australia could be powered by 100% renewable energy in ten years. He will then talk about the progress to date on the Zero Carbon Australia Transport plan, currently underway, which will detail the requirements for a transport system compatible with a zero-emissions future. The main focus of this is electric vehicles in combination with upgraded and extended electric rail networks for freight & passenger transport, covering all aspects of intracity and inter-regional travel, which can be run of 100% renewable electricity.

Wednesday 23rd February at 7pm, in the Engineering Faculty, Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus.

See the ATA EV website for more information.

GreenPower and Solar Credits Explained

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on March 4th, 2011

Source: Sanctuary Magazine

Confused about Solar Credits, RECs, STCs and GreenPower? The ATA’s Energy Projects & Policy Manager, Damien Moyse, talks us through the basics.

“GreenPower is a great way to offset your greenhouse gas emissions from electricity consumption. The mechanism has been around for ten years and is tightly regulated, operating through the existing Renewable Energy Target market. For each kilowatt hour of GreenPower that you buy, your electricity retailer will purchase additional renewable energy certificates (RECs) on your behalf. From an individual perspective it may be only a small thing, but collectively, Australians voluntarily spent around $100 million on GreenPower in 2009, which resulted in almost 2,000 gigawatt hours of additional renewable electricity generation on top of the Government’s mandated targets under the Renewable Energy Target. Overall, this makes a significant and positive difference to the renewable energy industry.

“The Solar Credits scheme aims to increase the uptake of small scale renewable energy systems, such as solar photovoltaic (PV), small wind and micro-hydro systems, generally up to 1.5 kilowatts in size. The scheme works by offering people who purchase and install these systems an increased number of small technology certificates (STCs) than they would otherwise be entitled to under the Renewable Energy Target. Selling the STCs to the renewable energy market effectively provides the consumer with a discount off the retail price of the system, and hence an incentive to invest in one. As an example, a person in South Australia purchasing a 1.5 kW solar PV system for $9,000 would currently be entitled to 155 STCs. With an STC price of $36, this would provide a $5,580 discount off the retail price of the system.”

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ATA Electric Vehicle Meeting

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 22nd, 2011

23 February , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Source: Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

“Converting a BMW”  – Barry Murfett
“Capstone Microturbines”  – Mark Aboud

Barry will talk on the decisions he made in converting his BMW and the trials and tribulations he encountered along the way. A great talk for those who are contemplating a conversion AND a good opportunity for those who have already converted a vehicle to compare notes.

Mark will talk on the Capstone range of Microturbines. These units can be used in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Industrial, Educational, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Aquatic Centres and Data Centres where co-generation and tri-generation applications exist.  They come in a range of 30kW to 1MW and can run on a variety of fuels including Low or High Pressure Natural Gas, Biogas (landfill, wastewater treatment centers, anaerobic), Flare gas, Diesel, Biodiesel etc.

For all of those people who cannot get to the meeting – we will again be webstreaming it. If you cannot get to the meeting and would like to watch it on your computer log in to it here. This webcast allows you to interact with us via “chat” sessions so you can ask us questions as you watch.

Wednesday 23rd February at 7pm
The Engineering Faculty, Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus

Visit the ATA website for more information.

Easy Tips on Solar Power from the ATA

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on January 31st, 2011

Image: Solar Panel and Charger by sridgway via flickr CC

Easy Tips on Solar Power:

Solar panels are springing up on roofs across Australia as thousands of people make a commitment to lower power bills while helping the environment.  Over 100,000 solar power systems were installed in 2010, more than for the entire previous decade, according to the Clean Energy Australia 2010 Report. Solar power has become more affordable as prices for panels and installation have dropped steadily in recent years.  The Alternative Technology Association (ATA), in the latest issue of its magazine ReNew, has compiled a 10-page Solar Installation Special, providing easy tips for consumers on every aspect of buying and installation.  The ATA is Australia’s leading not-for-profit, consumer-based organization promoting renewable energy, sustainable home design and water saving.

In his article in ReNew, Aaron Hodgson, who spent six months researching before buying solar panels to cover his home’s power usage, shares his advice on the potential traps and pitfalls for first-time solar buyers. Here are brief excerpts of some of what he says:

  • Home efficiency first – Before installing solar electricity the most important thing is to make your house as energy efficient as possible.
  • Full site analysis – Ensure the installers inspect your property first as there might be issues with shade from trees and buildings, extra wiring and installation costs, space constraints or roof angles.
  • Fix your roof – Before installing a system, inspect your roof for leaks, cracked, damaged and shifted tiles, recapping or rusty tin.
  • Rebates change – Be aware that state and federal government solar panel incentives, feed-in tariffs, RECs and any other rebates can chop and change, sometimes with little notice.

For expert comment on solar power, contact ATA energy projects manager Damien Moyse on (03) 9631 5417/0439 900 692;

Electric Vehicle Rally & Racing Car Competitions

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 30th, 2010

12 December , 2010
10:30 amto4:00 pm

Photos courtesy ATA EVIG

The ATA‘s Electric Vehicle Interest Group is holding their inaugural rally, The Future of Transport, on Sunday December 12, in conjunction with the Formula SAE competitions where both Swinburne University and the RMIT University will be competing with their electric racing cars.  Everyone is welcome.

What is Formula SAE all about?

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is an international organisation that encourages Universities and Colleges to build a racing car each year to a specific formula – Formula SAE. The event is now into its 10th year with the first being held in 2000. This year there will be 27 teams from Australia, New Zealand, America, India, Japan and South Korea attending.. Two teams have entered electric cars (Swinburne University & the RMIT University) and 3 teams will be using E85 (ethanol blend). The cars are judged on a number of criteria including endurance and fuel efficiency – not just speed!

The rally will include electric vehicles (EVs) on display, food stalls and vehicle charging stations, so take your own EV along if you have one (let the organisers know ahead of time if you need access to a charging point, please).

Displays will include:

* A variety of electric bikes, mopeds and several high powered registerable electric motor bikes (including one of 8kW)
* Numerous Retro-fit vehicles where you can talk to the owners
* The Aurora solar race car
* Several Blade electric cars
* An electric quad bike
* An electric go cart
* Information on a home grown electric hill climb car
* An electric 4 wheel drive Kawasaki Mule
* Several EV charging stations ( petrol stations of the future )
* A trailerable biodiesel generator
* A demonstration PV charging station
* Crown Coaches electric hybrid bus
* An ATA stand with goods for sale

Bring your EV to show it off.  Invitations are open to anyone who has an electric vehicle (car, bike, truck etc) to come along and be a part of the experience.

How to Get There

1. Electric car or electric bike
2. Electric hybrid bus (see below)
3. Electric train – $3.10 Sunday Saver all day full fare ticket – when you get to the Hoppers Crossing station call us on 0433 187 702 to be picked up by the electric hybrid bus or another electric vehicle)
4. OR – heaven forbid but if you really want to stay in the last century – use a fossil fuelled vehicle

Sunday 12 December 2010, 10:30am to 4pm
Victoria University (Werribee East campus), Hoppers Lane, Werribee (Melways 206 J6)

More details on the website, including maps, contact details and an opportunity to make the entire trip in an electric coach.

The Legal and Technical Issues of Electric Bikes

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 19th, 2010

Source: Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Melbourne EV Group

Image: sandman_kk via flickr CC

Guest speaker Vince Mannix is the Managing Director of Australian All Electric Vehicles and will talk about the requirements for you to have a legal electric bike and what technical aspects to look out for. Several electric bikes will be on display.  Come along and don’t miss out on our after meeting informal get together.

7:00pm on Wednesday 26 May
Room EN515 at Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus (see map)

Melbourne EV Group
Convenor: Michael Jacombs

ATA Electric Vehicle Interest Group: First Meeting

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 8th, 2010

Source: Alternative Technology Association

Join us in launching the ATA Melbourne Electric Vehicle Interest Group (MEVIG)!

Michael Jacombs will kick off the evening by giving a brief history of the idea behind the group and also the structure of the group. Members will be able to highlight projects they’re working on and there will be an opportunity for questions from attendees. This will be followed with an introduction to Swinburne’s Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences by Clint Steele who is the Senior Lecturer in Product Design Engineering. Stefan Skos and Mathew Femin, Swinburne students, will talk about their electric car project. Then there is an opportunity to view Swinburne’s workshop and their SAE electric racing car.  The meeting location has been chosen in order to encourage a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship between a mature, enthusiastic and experienced EV community and the students and staff of the Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences at Swinburne Uni. This is the faculty that assisted CERES in completing their car and has also independently built an SAE standard electric racing car.  …Download the full meeting agenda.

The ideas behind this branch:

  • Connect people interested in EVs with other like minded people
  • To encourage the exchange of EV conversion ideas and experiences
  • To foster and support the introduction of electric vehicles
  • To work with CERES, the AEVA and other organisations in promoting EVs
  • Whilst the group will almost certainly be focussed on cars, it will not be restricted to them, so planes, boats, trains, mowers, roller skates etc will also be embraced

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Could carbon become a new currency?

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 27th, 2008

Alternative Technology Association Seminar: Could carbon become a new currency? – Are personal carbon allowances, reminiscent of wartime rations, the way forward?

When: Thursday, 4th September, 2008
Time: 6:15pm onwards for a 6:30pm start
Where: The Banking Chamber theatrette, Ground Floor, KPMG, 147 Collins St, Melbourne. Disabled access via 161 Collins St.
Costs: $15, $10 for ATA members (ATA couples $15). Refreshments provided after the presentation
RSVPs required: Email Wendy Clarke on or ph:(03) 9631 5407

ATAs seminar will explore carbon rationing, which has been examined by the UK Government in their report “A Rough Guide to Individual Carbon Trading” and also supported by George Monbiot in “Heat”. David Spratt, co-author of Climate Code Red, advocates personal carbon allowances as the most fair and equitable means of rapidly reducing carbon emissions. David will look at the science relating to global warming and why greenhouse emissions would be best controlled by personal carbon allowances.
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‘Water Not Down the Drain’ book by the ATA

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on January 11th, 2008

Although Christmas is over a book that provides a guide to using rainwater and greywater at home is a good gift all round – especially in our drought-stricken climate. This book recently released by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has over 150 pages of comprehensive information and diagrams on how you can sustainably use water around the home.

Topics include:
* Choosing rainwater tanks and harvesting rainwater
* Supplying rainwater to the house and garden
* Setting up a greywater diversion system for the garden
* Greywater treatment systems for the house and gardens
* Health and environmental concerns with greywater
* Creating a raingarden to capture stormwater
* Cutting greenhouse emissions while saving water

The author, Stuart McQuire, has reduced his familys mains water use by 96%, using just two and a half buckets of mains water per day, but still has a thriving garden full of fresh produce.

Published by the Alternative Technology Association and supported by the Smart Water Fund. To find out how to get a copy visit the ATA website at

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