Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

Sustainable House Day 2013: September 8

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013

8 September , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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Photo from Inspiring, easy steps to comfort and low cost living

On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.

Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.


Printed Flexible Solar Cells: CSIRO

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on June 6th, 2013

CSIRO Flexible Solar Cells

From CTRL+P: Printing Australia’s largest solar cells by Crystal Ladiges:

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – 10 times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO. The printer has allowed researchers from the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium to print organic photovoltaic cells the size of an A3 sheet of paper.

According to materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins, printing cells on such a large scale opens up a huge range of possibilities for pilot applications.  “There are so many things we can do with cells this size,” he says. “We can set them into advertising signage, powering lights and other interactive elements. We can even embed them into laptop cases to provide backup power for the machine inside.”

Using semiconducting inks, the researchers print the cells straight onto paper-thin flexible plastic or steel. With the ability to print at speeds of up to ten metres per minute, this means they can produce one cell every two seconds. As the researchers continue to scale up their equipment, the possibilities will become even greater for this technology. Eventually they hope to see solar cells being laminated to the windows that line skyscrapers and embedded onto roofing materials.

Read the original article by Crystal Ladiges on the CSIRO news blog.

Imagine…!

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Photo: malloreigh via flickr CC


Community Solar: David Robinson @ BZE

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 29th, 2013

6 May , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

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Image via LIVE

David Robinson is the Project Manager of Locals Into Victoria’s Environment (LIVE) Community Power. He is planning Australia’s first community solar project to install up to 3000 solar panels on the roof of South Melbourne Market, adding to about 150 already in place.

In March 2013, the South Melbourne Market solar project passed an important milestone. The feasibility report commissioned by the City of Port Phillip and LIVE was released. David will present on the funding model process and an update on the project.

David’s 40 year career was spent in Information Technology in a range of technical, marketing, communications and sales roles. He is well known for his environmental campaigning, mainly through LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment) the group of which he is now the Convenor. During 2013 David is focussing on CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) projects. LIVE Community Power is the first of these projects, and he expects many more to follow in the years ahead.

Tune into the live webcast. Join the discussion and find out how you can help.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 May 2013 
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

LIVE streaming of this event in HD720 video will be available

Entry: Gold coin donation

http://bze.org.au/events/discussion-group


Electric Vehicle Festival

Posted in Events, Movements by EcoCentre on February 18th, 2013

24 February , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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EcoCentre is all charged up about hosting an EV Festival in St Kilda on Sunday 24 Feb.

Here’s your chance to test drive a range of electric cars and cool E-bikes (pre-registration necessary for cars). Get up close and personal with low-emissions motoring and easy cycling technology – the future of private transport. Let’s embrace EV’s in urban Melbourne, like so many other parts of the globe that are striving for healthier cities.

Experts will give short talks at the Festival on related topics such as:
-How to recharge an electric vehicle for free using solar panels
-How to get your head around technology issues, including range, speed, charging and so on
-Pricing and trends

Register in advance for a test drive of an electric car at: www.trybooking.com/CGHT .  Like our EV Festival Facebook site to go in the draw for a ride in a Tesla Roadster (pictured).

Where: Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Enquiries: 9534 0670
Web: www.ecocentre.com


Speed Date a Sustainable Designer

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on February 15th, 2013

17 February , 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

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It’s back in 2013! If you missed Speed Date a Sustainable Designer last year, this is your chance to discuss home renovation/building plans and ideas with leading green architects and designers. Held by the Alternative Technology Association with support from bankmecu, it’s free and part of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Ten minutes per ‘date’. All questions asked and answered!

When: Sunday February 17, 3pm

Where: The Green House, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Bookings essential. For more information on the event, designers available on the day and bookings, go to sdsd.ata.org.au

 


Moreland Community Solar: Looking for a Roof

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 6th, 2012

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation


Solar engineers from the Barefoot College: Photo by Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via flickr CC

From Moreland community solar:

As we have reported previously, solar electricity panels are sprouting on roofs all around the country. However, not everyone has the ready cash, or a suitable roof space, to install solar. That’s where community solar comes in. Instead of having your own small solar array, you can invest in a larger communally-owned facility. This model has been used successfully in many communities worldwide. The photo shows a community solar installation on a church roof in the appropriately named town of Greenbelt, (Maryland, USA). Closer to home, Hepburn Wind has applied the same model to a wind-power facility.

The Moreland Community Solar project is an initiative of Climate Action Moreland (CAM) and supported by MEFL, to establish a medium-scale solar photovoltaic array in the Moreland community. The solar panels will be installed on the roof of a local building.

Project capital costs will be funded by members of the community in a cooperative-type arrangement, for which investors will receive a return. The project supports the generation of locally produced renewable energy.

Community involvement

The project supports the generation of locally produced renewable energy. The Moreland Community Solar project will offer Moreland community members the chance to make a significant, collective contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Community members will be able to purchase shares in the project and receive returns on their investment. Importantly, the board of Moreland Community Solar will be made up of those who have invested in the project.

We need a roof

Moreland Community Solar is currently seeking a business partner to form an agreement with to host the solar panels on their roof. The roof owner will buy the power generated by the panels at an agreed price, and ideally will use all of the power on site. Moreland Community Solar will install panels on their roof at no cost and will take responsibility for maintenance. If your business is interested in hosting, feel free to get in touch.

The Moreland Community Solar Project will:

  • Reduce greenhouse emissions in the Moreland municipality
  • Provide an inclusive opportunity for community investment in and ownership of solar energy.
  • Increase community awareness about the viability of solar energy compared to traditional generation.
>> Go to the website to find out more and get involved.


Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) Power and Dispatchable Storage

Posted in Events, Research by Mark Ogge on November 7th, 2012

12 November , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Dr Keith Lovegrove

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group guest:

Dr Keith Lovegrove Senior Consultant – Solar Thermal at IT Power.

Dr Keith Lovegrove is a world leading expert in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technology and has more than 20 years experience in leading solar thermal research – including 15 years teaching at the Australian National University (ANU) as head of the Solar Thermal Group.

Keith led the design and construction of the ANU Big Dish, the  largest concentrating solar dish in the world (at 500m2). He is a key contributor to the IEA Solar PACES program, which is an international cooperative network developing CST and chemical energy systems. Keith will present a CST and storage technology update from the latest Solar PACES conference (that he attended in September 2012), as well as research carried out on the potential of CSP in India.

Date/Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 12 November 2012

Entry: gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

This event will also be streamed live online. Click here to view it.

For more information about our guest visit the discussion group page on the BZE website.


Renewables 2012: Positioning Australia in a Global Context

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 27th, 2012

20 September , 2012
6:30 pmto7:00 pm

This free public seminar featuring Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21 will provide insight into advances being made in renewable energy business and policy in both developed and developing economies and will position the Australian industry within this global context.

REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is the world’s most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy. The most recent report, released in June this year, found that in 2011:

  • renewable energy sources supplied 16.7% of global final energy consumption
  • 118 countries were implementing renewable energy targets
  • investment in renewables increased to a record $257 billion, and
  • photovoltaic module prices dropped by 50%.

The 2012 GSR highlights the steady growth of renewables in all end-use sectors – power, heating and cooling and transport – and across energy markets, support policies, investment and technology.

Concurrent with these global developments have been significant changes in Australia’s clean energy industry with the introduction of the carbon price, the commencement of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the review of the Renewable Energy Target.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
GM-15 Lecture Theatre, Level 1
Carlton Victoria, 3053

>> Please register for this free event.

Ms Lins’ presentation will be introduced by David Green, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council and followed by a panel discussion, featuring Kane Thornton, Deputy Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council; Malte Meinshausen, Senior Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne; Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute; and chaired by Tristan Edis, Editor, Climate Spectator.


Ashes To Honey: Screening for Fukushima anniversary

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on March 8th, 2012

12 March , 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join Japanese For Peace & Transition Port Phillip for a special “Appetite For Insight” screening, to mark the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on 11:03:11

Monday 12 March

doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening

Guest speakers from Japanese For Peace

“Ashes To Honey” follows the journey of an island community in Japan protesting the development of a nuclear power station and looks to Sweden for inspiration as to how the world can meet its future energy needs sustainably.

$11 online tickets or $12 on the door (subject to availability)

SLOWdown Restaurant, 54 Acland St (opp. Mc Donalds) St Kilda

For further info please contact transitiontownportphillip@gmail.com


Victorian Small and Community Scale Wind Workshop

Posted in Events, Policies by Enhar on February 7th, 2012

9 February , 2012
10:00 amto1:30 pm

Planning Issues for Small Wind and Community Wind in Victoria

In Victoria, proponents of wind turbine projects for domestic, business and community
use, although smaller in scale than large wind farms, may be asked to satisfy the same
environmental criteria as a large wind farm. Meanwhile, local authority decision-makers
are faced with ambiguities in the planning system on how to respond to applications for
small wind turbines: when are proposals exempt from the new 2km restrictions for
example?

Wind projects which are smaller than large commercial wind farms may have a lower
impact on the landscape and the environment. Planning controls for large wind farms in
Victoria may not always be applied to small wind projects, but how should local
authorities in Victoria determine what constitutes an acceptable smaller wind project?

Enhar is organising this event to cater for those who are motivated to find answers to
these questions.

Date & Time:
Thursday 9th Feb
2012 from 10am – 1:30pm

Place:
Gravell Room
Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056, Melbourne

Price:
$50+GST including light lunch

Speakers:
Demian Natakhan: Director, Enhar:
“A case for clearer planning guidance for small wind in Victoria”

John Phillips: Acting Director, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victorian Government:
“Existing planning controls for small wind in Victoria”