News – PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Wed, 26 Sep 2018 02:14:19 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://pacetoday.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png News – PACE https://pacetoday.com.au 32 32 If 670 businesses had switched their power https://pacetoday.com.au/670-businesses-switched-power/ https://pacetoday.com.au/670-businesses-switched-power/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 02:08:50 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46986 Flow Power modelled the energy spend of 670 businesses and what could have happened had they all been purchasing wholesale power last financial year. It would only take 670 businesses to drive investment in 1845 megawatts of renewable generation If 670 businesses had purchased wholesale power last financial year, they could have saved up to … Continue reading If 670 businesses had switched their power

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  • Flow Power modelled the energy spend of 670 businesses and what could have happened had they all been purchasing wholesale power last financial year.
  • It would only take 670 businesses to drive investment in 1845 megawatts of renewable generation
  • If 670 businesses had purchased wholesale power last financial year, they could have saved up to $97M in total
  • This figure more than doubles when businesses sign onto corporate renewable PPAs, which could have delivered savings of up to $195M in total
  • At the start of 2018, demand response could have cut South Australia’s power prices by 2.7c/kWh
  • Businesses forgoing fixed-rate contracts for wholesale prices could expect significant price reductions. Flow Power Directors and Senior Business Manager unpack the numbers in a webinar on October 9. Join the webinar here

    Better Power

    Businesses that are tapped into the wholesale power market are more in tune with its highs and lows, and are best placed to respond to peaks in demand and soaring prices.

    These businesses have the power to keep power prices down and the lights on for everyone – even during periods when demand is at its peak.

    In the first quarter of 2018, South Australia’s business could have reduced energy prices by 2.3c/kWh for the entire state, simply by choosing to power down during peak price events

    Drive Investment

    Businesses have a critical role to play in the investment in Australia’s growing pipeline of renewable energy projects.

    If 670 medium and large-scale businesses across Australia made the decision to contract renewable energy through corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), this would drive investment in more than 1845 MW of renewable generation.

    Lower power bills

    Businesses sign up to buy a portion of the output of renewable generators for periods of up to ten years through corporate PPAs pay significantly lower prices and benefit from price certainty for the life of their contracts.

    If the 670 businesses analysed by Flow Power signed up to renewable corporate PPAs, they would have saved up to $195 million in total on energy costs in the last financial year.

    Without PPAs, choosing to buy wholesale power still delivered significant savings of up to $97 million in total.

    Matthew van der Linden, Managing Director of Flow Power, comments: “We know that the traditional fixed-rate model is no longer meeting Australian businesses’ needs for cheaper, more transparent power solutions.”

    He continues: “The benefit of connecting businesses to the true signals of the energy market, either through PPAs or wholesale power, is twofold. We see businesses save on what can be their most costly expenditure – energy – as well as everyday Australians benefitting from greater investment in renewable generation and lower energy costs delivered by wholesale demand response. This can be achieved without new policy or government intervention, all it would take is businesses choosing to take more control over their power.”

    Matthew van der Linden, David Evans and Nathan Epp from Flow Power discuss the numbers on October 9 in a webinar. Register toady

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    Welding accreditation first step in Australian shipbuilding future https://pacetoday.com.au/welding-accreditation-first-step-australian-shipbuilding-future/ https://pacetoday.com.au/welding-accreditation-first-step-australian-shipbuilding-future/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:54:50 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46983 Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College has certified the welding course at TAFE SA as its first training program to build the nation’s future navy. Based at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the Naval Shipbuilding College has endorsed the welding component of the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade at TAFE SA to help up-skill … Continue reading Welding accreditation first step in Australian shipbuilding future

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    Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College has certified the welding course at TAFE SA as its first training program to build the nation’s future navy.

    Based at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the Naval Shipbuilding College has endorsed the welding component of the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade at TAFE SA to help up-skill workers to build Australia’s future frigates, offshore patrol vessels and submarines.

    Welding has been identified by the college as a critical requirement for future shipbuilding needs due to the long lead time required to train tradespeople.

    It is estimated that almost half of the 2,600 tradespeople needed for the continuous naval shipbuilding program in South Australia will be welders.

    TAFE SA has fabricated a welding rig specifically for shipbuilding, which will also be used as a template by other training providers around the country for up-skilling existing workers and apprentices.

    TAFE SA interim Chief Executive, Alex Reid, said that TAFE SA is helping to meet the increase in demand for a skilled workforce.

    “We will continue to work hard to align programs with the shipbuilding needs of Australia’s defence industry, which also increases the employability of our graduates,” he said.

    The South Australian government has also pledged $1 million for state-of-the-art welding simulators to be installed for the Advanced Welder Training Centre at the TAFE SA facility in Regency Park.

    The Australian government established the Naval Shipbuilding College in April to secure a sovereign workforce to implement its $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program.

    The college doesn’t teach courses but instead links industry and accredited education providers nationwide and connects the workforce with employers and the education system using a national workforce register.

    It is operated by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, an Australian joint venture between Kellogg Brown & Root and America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries.

    Naval Shipbuilding College skilling services manager Mark Scott said it would continue to work closely with each sector to complete a needs analysis, to help align training and education programs with the cutting-edge needs of further shipbuilding.

    “Endorsement is a vital step in ensuring quality assurance and consistency in delivery across training and education providers,” said Scott.

    “The endorsement framework stipulates ongoing monitoring and evaluation of associated programs with our training providers and partners to meet the needs of industry.”

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    Customised container solutions https://pacetoday.com.au/customised-container-solutions/ https://pacetoday.com.au/customised-container-solutions/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:50:26 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46980 Compressed air is in high demand. However, where standard solutions no longer meet specific customer requirements, flexibility is called for. Leading compressed air specialist Boge Kompressoren supplies tailor-made system solutions for plant construction. Boge combines several compressors, dryers and filters, and/or assembles entire compressed air lines specific to customer requirements, in containers or basic frame … Continue reading Customised container solutions

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    Compressed air is in high demand. However, where standard solutions no longer meet specific customer requirements, flexibility is called for. Leading compressed air specialist Boge Kompressoren supplies tailor-made system solutions for plant construction.

    Boge combines several compressors, dryers and filters, and/or assembles entire compressed air lines specific to customer requirements, in containers or basic frame systems, so that users do not have to deal with complicated spatial planning when building a compressed air system from several individual components. The containers are also suitable for outdoor areas where they protect the plant from unauthorised access and extreme weather conditions, such as temperatures well below freezing. Thanks to special paint, the container shell offers protection from corrosion in aggressive environments if required. Valuable space is freed up in interior areas and production halls.

    Recently, Boge  handled a major order for the operator of a natural gas compressor station in eastern Europe. Two screw compressors, each with two cold and adsorption dryers and two nitrogen membrane generators have been replaced in the 40-foot special container – including cabling and pipework. The overall system provides nitrogen and compressed air at its deployment location. The user deploys the nitrogen as rinsing gas to safely clean containers for combustible liquids. Compressed air is used to control valves. It took only six months from the order being awarded to BOGE and delivery to eastern Europe.

    “For the oil and gas industry in particular, there are a plethora of specifications which our customers expect us to adhere to,” said Nalin Amunugama, General Manager of BOGE Kompressoren Asia Pacific. “Flexibility is our top most priority.  We meet the special requirements of customers, even if we sometimes have to plan and build our compressors from scratch. For example, a traditional compressor may need be fitted with a different motor; some customers require special stainless-steel pipework or cabling with flame-resistant cables in the container; or they may specify the use of components from a particular manufacturer. Should any of the project details change during the execution process, BOGE will be able to  re-plan the positioning of electrical connections so that the entire station can ultimately be installed to meet the specific needs of the customer.”

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    Total Organic Carbon sensor provides measurement in less than a minute https://pacetoday.com.au/total-organic-carbon-sensor-provides-measurement-less-minute/ https://pacetoday.com.au/total-organic-carbon-sensor-provides-measurement-less-minute/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:46:18 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46975 Mettler Toledo Thornton has announced the launch of its 6000TOCi, continuous measurement, TOC sensor. Total Organic Carbon monitoring is vital for the measurement and control of organics contamination in pure and ultrapure waters used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and power generation. To ensure changes in TOC levels are not missed, constant results are … Continue reading Total Organic Carbon sensor provides measurement in less than a minute

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    Mettler Toledo Thornton has announced the launch of its 6000TOCi, continuous measurement, TOC sensor.

    Total Organic Carbon monitoring is vital for the measurement and control of organics contamination in pure and ultrapure waters used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and power generation.

    To ensure changes in TOC levels are not missed, constant results are required. The 6000TOCi sensor uses conductivity measurements before and after oxidation of organic material via ultraviolet light to provide continuous, real-time determination of TOC.

    The company’s UV oxidation technology ensures a measurement in less than a minute of sample water entering the sensor. When paired with the M800 multi-parameter transmitter, the system offers an accurate TOC measurement solution that is compliant with all global pharmacopeias.

    Flexibility of the 6000TOCi allows installation anywhere on a water system, with the option to display results at the point of measurement or at a more convenient location for operators.

    Intelligent Sensor Management (ISM) advanced diagnostics included in the 6000TOCi offer constant sensor status and preventative maintenance notifications, which allow operators to anticipate and plan for routine service.

    “The 6000TOCi Total Organic Carbon sensor has a  fast response time – less than one minute. Compared to batch measurement systems that take six minutes or longer to deliver a snapshot of water quality, the 6000TOCi’s continuous measurement provides a complete picture of a water system’s performance,” says Heidi Teng, product manager at Mettler Toledo Thornton. “An excursion can occur in a matter of seconds. Imagine what might be missed if you’re only monitoring at intervals of six minutes. That’s why continuous measurement means an excursion will not be missed.”

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    Lithium Australia to optimise pilot plant scale https://pacetoday.com.au/46967-2/ https://pacetoday.com.au/46967-2/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:56:17 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46967 The changing policies of the Australian federal government, with respect to support for research and development, have had an impact on the future plans of Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT). As current policies reduce the support provided in developing new technologies, Lithium Australia is overhauling its research and development activities to allow its programs to … Continue reading Lithium Australia to optimise pilot plant scale

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    The changing policies of the Australian federal government, with respect to support for research and development, have had an impact on the future plans of Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT). As current policies reduce the support provided in developing new technologies, Lithium Australia is overhauling its research and development activities to allow its programs to be expedited.

    Despite the additional engineering requirements of resizing the large-scale pilot plant (LSPP) to reduce capital costs, Lithium Australia remains confident that the studies required for commitment to construction of the plant will be complete in the coming quarter. These plans are well advanced.

    One of the principal design criteria of any large-scale pilot plant is the incorporation of available industrial components, to ensure operations can be scaled up to commercial capacity with components that have a positive production history with the specified application. This will be of paramount importance in the re-scaling of the LSPP.

    Plant location has significant impact on both capital and operating costs. This is not only so with respect to direct costs, but also the R&D assistance packages available and taxation regimes in various jurisdictions. Unfortunately, the Australian jurisdiction is becoming less favourable when compared with many other locations. The location of the LSPP will take into account the principal financial considerations together with intangibles such as the ability to manage R&D in offshore jurisdictions.

    The planned reduction of capital exposure has placed Lithium Australia in a position within which the Arena Investors, LP convertible note facility as described in the ASX release dated 1 March 2018 is presently not the optimal funding mechanism for Lithium Australia’s immediate requirements. Consequently, the facility has been terminated in its current form. Lithium Australia continually evaluates the most effective financing options to complement its strategic agenda. It will update the market as appropriate

    “Changing our pilot plant strategy, and reducing capital exposure is in the interests of all shareholders,” said Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin. The support of Arena has been very important to our strategy and it is unfortunate that changes in government policy have had such an impact on our research and development plans. We thank Arena for its support and look forward to engaging with it as a key investor in any future relationship.”

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