AGL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with battery recycling start-up, Renewable Metals, to jointly undertake a pre-feasibility study into developing a lithium battery recycling facility at AGL’s planned Hunter Energy Hub in NSW. The pre-feasibility study will outline key indicative project infrastructure and engineering requirements and identify regulatory approvals and licences necessary for the development, construction, and operation […]
The Victorian Government is legislating its emissions reductions and renewable energy targets, making official the new Victorian renewable energy target of 95 per cent renewable energy generation by 2035. The new legislation is designed to drive down power bills, encourage investment into Victoria’s renewable energy industry and create tens of thousands of jobs. Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio, […]
As part of the second phase of the $1 million Biosolids to Biochar project, South East Water is again partnering with RMIT, Intelligent Water Networks, Greater Western Water and Barwon Water to develop trials of a new pyrolysis technology (PYROCO). The project uses next generation pyrolysis technology to transform biosolids generated from wastewater treatment plants into biochar, a safe and […]
APA and Santos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to determine the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipelines in South Australia. The scope of the MoU is to assess the potential to unlock decarbonisation opportunities by connecting heavy CO₂ emitters and/or CO₂ import locations to the Santos operated CCS facility in Moomba, South Australia via CCS pipelines. […]
The Federal and New South Wales Governments are partnering as part of the Federal Government’s Capacity Investment Scheme, announcing the successful bid of six major dispatchable energy projects across the state. The projects from this tender alone are equal to 8 per cent of the total 2022/23 New South Wales summer peak demand into the network at short notice – […]
Sydney Water has opened its Purified Recycled Water (PRW) demonstration plant in Western Sydney, a $26 million investment designed to help safeguard Sydney’s water supply. The opening of the plant comes as Warragamba Dam levels drop a further two per cent. Dams across Greater Sydney have collectively dropped 0.3 per cent, down to 88 per cent capacity, while Warragamba Dam […]
The Northern Territory Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an international construction and engineering company to support the delivery of a large-scale green energy project and meet the green energy demands of the Asia-Pacific region. Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, signed the MoU with Samsung C&T, who will work with the Northern Territory Government to establish large-scale […]
The New South Wales and Federal Governments have announced they will each invest $3 million, for a total of $6 million, to investigate industrial water recycling in Tamworth. The final business case to investigate building the state’s first regional industrial advanced water treatment plant would significantly reduce the amount of town water being used by four major commercial processing and […]
It’s easy to imagine that a stuck or very difficult valve is the primary reason for purchasing such a tool. However, this is not necessarily the best reason to use a portable valve actuator. Here we discuss the key considerations to take into account when choosing a torque limiter. Too much torque can cause serious damage to the valve, and […]
Origin Energy manages one of the largest gas supply networks in Australia, and controls and monitors thousands of gas assets as part of Australia Pacific LNG’s coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project in Queensland. Here we take a look behind the scenes at the technology and operations used in the utility’s Brisbane Central Control Room (BCCR). In a […]
By Frank Zeichner, CEO IoT Alliance Australia The transformative power of digital technologies discussion is happening in every boardroom and on every construction site in Australia. Yet despite well-established business cases, we’re lagging and slow in our uptake and use of the smart data that is essential for Australia’s future prosperity. At stake is our economic productivity and net zero […]
Growing global concern about microplastics has spurred a range of research and studies into the different methods that can be adopted to reduce their widespread presence. Recent studies undertaken by South East Water can help water utilities gain invaluable first experiences in sampling and characterising this contaminant. Concurrent with the increase in production and usage of plastic materials worldwide has […]
With the arrival of El Niño comes pressing concerns for water security and inevitable water restrictions as utilities are faced with the challenge of limited water supply. Equipping consumers with water consumption data allows them to keep a close eye on their water usage, and reduce water waste at a time when every drop counts. As we approach the hot […]
As part of its $94 million upgrade, the North Head Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has been installed with two new digestors. The digestors are currently being used to produce biosolids for use in compost and on a trial basis in forestry, and are expected to almost double the sludge digestion capacity at the plant. The North Head WRRF provides […]
As we face a future affected by climate change, the reliability of our water systems becomes more important than ever. But when water security covers such broad ground, where do water authorities focus? Interflow’s Contracts Manager, John Weaver, said that at the centre of most water security success, is a wellmaintained asset base. “In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s […]
In February 2023, the Queensland Government approved the Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline (FGP) for construction. The FGP is a $983 million pipeline to address the single source water supply risk from Awoonga Dam, enabling long-term water security to Gladstone’s industry and support ongoing economic development in the region. The 117km pipeline will run from the Lower Fitzroy River in Rockhampton […]
With more than 30 per cent of all CO2 emissions attributable to road transport, fleet operators have a major responsibility and opportunity to play a role in a greener future for our planet. The upcoming 3G end-of-life provides an excellent opportunity to improve the sustainability of fleet transport. As the impending 3G shutdown forces all fleet operators to upgrade hardware […]
As renewable energy gains importance in our pursuit of sustainability, there are several challenges that need to be addressed to accelerate its adoption and maximise its effectiveness. Some of these challenges include intermittency and reliability. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are intermittent as they do not produce power consistently. Ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply is […]
40 Robust Oyster Baskets (ROBs) have been installed in the upper reaches of the Pine River, downstream of Unitywater’s Murrumba Downs Wastewater Treatment Plant, as part of the Oyster Reef Restoration project. The project aims to determine the effectiveness and value of oysters to filter nutrients in waterways over the next five years and could reshape the future of shellfish […]
The Clean Energy Council has released a strategic package of 45 recommendations to the Federal Government, titled Power Playbook – Accelerating Australia’s Clean Energy Transformation. Power Playbook is designed to ensure that Australia gets back on track for 82 per cent renewables by 2030 and achieves its ambition of becoming a renewable energy superpower. The submission is a fully integrated […]
While there are various environmental, financial and social factors that utilities need to take into consideration to develop a resilient water management system, these are the five must-haves for a utility to be successful. All utilities are facing similar challenges around climate change. This requires the implementation of net zero targets and new, innovative ways to repair environmental damage, as […]
Sydney Water and construction partner John Holland are set to conduct a 28-day trial of a hydrogen generator, which will be used to help power construction of the $1.2 billion Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) at Kemp Creek. The facility will service the Western Sydney Aerotropolis growth area and parts of the Camden, Penrith and Liverpool LGAs, […]
With climate change, population growth, and industrial development placing pressure on our finite water supplies, the challenges water utilities face are growing more complex, and there has never been a more urgent time for innovative and sustainable solutions to manage our most precious resource. Recycling water is one of the key ways that utilities can keep up with this demand […]
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released its 2023 Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) report. The report looks into the urgent development needs of the National Electricity Market over the next decade. The ESOO is produced using insights from developer and market participant surveys, transmission information, and extended analysis of energy limitations, like the potential impact of drought conditions, […]
The Tasmanian State and Federal Governments have announced a new deal to secure the first Marinus Link cable, a move welcomed by Hydro Tasmania. The State and Federal governments have also committed low cost-financing for the redevelopment of Tarraleah Power Station and the North West Transmission Developments. Hydro Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Ian Brooksbank said the projects would deliver jobs, […]
The Federal Government has announced new areas that will be explored for offshore greenhouse gas storage, in an effort to lower emissions and further Australia’s net zero targets. The 2023 Offshore Greenhouse Gas Storage Acreage Release includes ten areas across seven basins to explore for carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites in Commonwealth waters off Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, […]
The Treasurer of Australia has released the Intergenerational Report 2023, which predicts a long-term increase in utility expenditure, particularly in the energy sector. The report analyses global effects on the Australian economy and predicts future expenditure all the way up to 2063. The report states that renewable energy is already the cheapest form of new energy in Australia, with onshore […]
On October 25-26, free-to-attend Waste Expo Australia will create a platform for industry discussions around the theme of “Advancing Towards Sustainable Resource Recovery”. The annual conference boasts 60 conference sessions and 100 expert speakers covering four streams including Local Government and Policy, Commercial Demolition and Commercial and Industrial (CD&CI), Circular Economy and Waste Innovation, and Waste to Energy; fostering an […]
Councillors from the MidCoast Council have voted unanimously in favour of adopting Our Water Our Future 2050, a long-term water strategy outlining how Council will provide sustainable and affordable water and sewage services to the community over the next 30 years. The Council said it is setting sights on building new off-stream storage dams and recycling larger volumes of wastewater […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Federal Government, has opened the $125 million Regional Microgrids Program. The program is designed to develop and deploy microgrid technologies across regional and remote communities and will allocate $75 million for microgrid projects in First Nations communities. Electricity provision in remote First Nations communities is often heavily reliant on diesel […]
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