News – PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:46:32 +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 Military grade 2U rackmount bi-fold LCD systems https://pacetoday.com.au/military-grade-2u-rackmount-bi-fold-lcd-systems/ https://pacetoday.com.au/military-grade-2u-rackmount-bi-fold-lcd-systems/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:46:32 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=45226 Chassis Plans’ new BFX displays rugged, military-grade, high-performance, 2U rackmount LCD panel displays offering two 24-inch TFT LCD displays with per panel resolution of 1920×1200. 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 4ms response time. The 37-pound BFX1-24 is suitable for deployable transit case integration where both image quality and display toughness are required. Both displays in the … Continue reading Military grade 2U rackmount bi-fold LCD systems

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Chassis Plans’ new BFX displays rugged, military-grade, high-performance, 2U rackmount LCD panel displays offering two 24-inch TFT LCD displays with per panel resolution of 1920×1200. 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 4ms response time.

The 37-pound BFX1-24 is suitable for deployable transit case integration where both image quality and display toughness are required. Both displays in the BFX are offered with bonded cover glass with anti-reflection and EMI surface treatments for MIL-STD-461G certification. 1The BFX1-241 model is optimized for reliable operation in extreme outdoor and challenging environments and can operate in widely varied temperatures (0°C to 50°C / -25°C to 60°C).

The BFX displays support a wide range of video resolutions – from 640×480 all the way up to 1920×1200; video inputs include VGA, DVI Dual Link, HDMI, DVI-D and NTSC/PAL/SECAM video as well as Composite Video and S-Video.

Other functions and options include up to 10 bit per color, 16.7 million colors, On Screen Display (OSD) menu, Image Scaling: Up scaling to fit input to panel resolution. Image Control features include Auto configuration, Brightness, Contrast, Clock, Phase, Color temperature, Image position, Saturation, Hue, Gamma.

Additional Features: System Information, OSD position, scaling to fill screen and fill to aspect ratio, OSD timeout, factory reset, OSD menu transparency, Horizontal & Vertical image inversion, Picture in Picture, Picture by Picture variable positions. RS-232 or Ethernet command and control.

In addition to its outstanding video performance, the BFX displays include 2 integrated, water resistant speakers. Chassis Plans’ BFX displays can operate on a range of power sources – including universal input 85 to 245 VAC MIL-STD-1275/704 28 VDC, with options for 12VDC and 400Hz AC input as well.

 

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IoT-enabled water meters on the horizon https://pacetoday.com.au/iot-enabled-water-meters-horizon/ https://pacetoday.com.au/iot-enabled-water-meters-horizon/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:21:07 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=45223 NB-IoT enabled smart water meters are now a reality for utilities, following Telstra’s announcement of its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network going live across all major cities in Australia last week. “Telstra is Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network so with their NB-IoT Network now switched on, we can deploy our state of the … Continue reading IoT-enabled water meters on the horizon

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NB-IoT enabled smart water meters are now a reality for utilities, following Telstra’s announcement of its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network going live across all major cities in Australia last week.

“Telstra is Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network so with their NB-IoT Network now switched on, we can deploy our state of the art ultrasonic, intelligent water meters to provide remote online meter readings,” says Guenter Hauber-Davison, Managing Director of WaterGroup.

“This will save millions of dollars in manual water meter reading costs. More importantly, though, it will save many millions of litres of precious drinking water by identifying leakage as and when it happens.

“Utilities, can now deploy smart water meters hassle free into residential dwellings, apartments and difficult-to-access basements, due to the deep long range network coverage of NB-IoT.

“It will provide utilities for the first time ever, with a cost-effective way to truly understand in near real time where the water is going – and where it is lost – In their water distribution network.

“Utilities will also for the first time be able to bring the Australian consumer what they want – a future of smart water use monitoring where live consumption data is displayed on their smart phones with corresponding alarms. It will make bill shock and unnoticed leaks a thing of the past,” says Guenter.

With growing populations, utilities are obligated to anticipate rising demands. Sydney and Melbourne, home to 40 per cent of all Australians, are expected to accommodate another three million residents each by the mid-2050s.

Smart water management and protecting one of our most important natural resources is essential,” says Guenter.

“The new NB-IoT enabled ultrasonic, intelligent water meters are expected to collectively save Australian water users 160 million litres of water a year, enough to supply a city of 900,000 residents with water,” he adds.

WaterGroup launched the first commercially available NB-IoT ready, fully integrated, ultrasonic smart water meter in November 2017. It is affordable, easy to connect, has low power, long battery life, with a long range coverage, is NMI Certified and meets the relevant Australian standards.

“Utilities are lining up to try our NB-IoT S=smart meters since the launch. We are thrilled that Telstra has gone live now and we can start further trials,” says Guenter.

 

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UNSW signs worldwide solar energy agreement https://pacetoday.com.au/unsw-signs-worldwide-solar-energy-agreement/ https://pacetoday.com.au/unsw-signs-worldwide-solar-energy-agreement/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:47:34 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=45220 UNSW Sydney has announced a tripartite arrangement with contract partners Maoneng Australia (Maoneng) and Origin Energy (Origin) for an offsite Solar PV Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (Solar PPA). The 15-year solar supply agreement with Maoneng is the first of its kind in Australia – bringing together a retailer, developer and corporate – and will allow … Continue reading UNSW signs worldwide solar energy agreement

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UNSW Sydney has announced a tripartite arrangement with contract partners Maoneng Australia (Maoneng) and Origin Energy (Origin) for an offsite Solar PV Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (Solar PPA).

The 15-year solar supply agreement with Maoneng is the first of its kind in Australia – bringing together a retailer, developer and corporate – and will allow UNSW to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality on energy use by 2020. UNSW Sydney believe that they are the first University worldwide to go fully energy carbon neutral with 100% of its needs supplied from solar PV.

“This landmark initiative is an exciting step towards realising UNSW’s goal of carbon neutrality on energy use by 2020 and reflects our commitment to making a positive global impact,” said UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs.

“The Solar PPA arrangement will allow UNSW to secure carbon emission free electricity supplies at a cost which is economically and environmentally attractive when compared to fossil fuel sourced supplies.

“Over the past six months, UNSW has collaborated with our contract partners Maoneng and Origin, to develop a Solar PPA model that leads the way in renewable energy procurement and reflects our commitment to global impact outlined in our 2025 Strategy.
“It is also highly significant and a testament to the world-class research carried out here at UNSW, that a technology which we played a leading role in developing is now being used to provide the university with a renewable source of emissions free energy.

“UNSW researchers, in particular Professor Martin Green and the late Professor Stuart Wenham and their teams, have been instrumental in ensuring that solar energy is affordable and accessible to all – today’s announcement is a testament to their work,” said Jacobs.

The agreement, which was signed on 14 December 2017, will see UNSW purchase up to 124,000 MWh of renewable energy per annum from Maoneng’s Sunraysia Solar Farm located near Balranald in south western NSW, meeting UNSW’s annual energy requirement starting in 2019.

A three-year retail firming contract was also signed with Origin, as the electricity retailer, to manage the intermittency of solar production.

NSW Minister for Energy, Don Harwin says the agreement is evidence of UNSW’s leadership in renewables.

“Already a world leader in solar PV technologies, this agreement is yet another demonstration of UNSW’s commitment to a clean energy future,” said Harwin.

“I congratulate UNSW for entering into this agreement, it’s not only great for the environment but it will deliver jobs and investment in regional NSW”.

In December 2017, UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering was awarded 12 projects with a total cash grant value of over $16 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), of which five projects are focusing on the further development of UNSW’s Advanced Hydrogenation technology to improve world record commercial solar cells.

The tripartite arrangement for UNSW was supported by Norton Rose Fulbright as legal advisors who specialise in PPAs, along with energy management consulting firm, Energy Action, who provided energy market analysis and advice.

The Sunraysia Solar Farm development will include a Visitor’s Centre and Weather Monitoring System, with UNSW staff and students having site visit access for data sharing, research and case study purposes. An annual financial scholarship worth $10K is included in the Solar PPA for local students studying at Balranald Central School to attend UNSW, along with a series of presentations from UNSW to the school both onsite and via webinar on renewables technology and industry.  Employment of local staff and subcontractors to develop the project is also encouraging for the local economy.

Construction of the Sunraysia Solar Farm is due to commence later this year, with completion and the start of solar energy generation expected in the second quarter of 2019.

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Saville appointed as new chairman of EIC Board of Directors https://pacetoday.com.au/saville-appointed-new-chairman-eic-board-directors/ https://pacetoday.com.au/saville-appointed-new-chairman-eic-board-directors/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:35:04 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=45217 The Energy Industries Council (EIC), a trade association for companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, has announced the appointment of Hugh Saville as the new chairman of its Board of Directors. A Member of the EIC Board since 2004 and a previous Chairman of its Finance Committee, Hugh takes over … Continue reading Saville appointed as new chairman of EIC Board of Directors

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The Energy Industries Council (EIC), a trade association for companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, has announced the appointment of Hugh Saville as the new chairman of its Board of Directors.

A Member of the EIC Board since 2004 and a previous Chairman of its Finance Committee, Hugh takes over from Paul Mitchell who had served as Chairman of the Board for the past five years.

Hugh brings over 40 years of international sales and business development experience in oil and gas equipment supply to his new post. He has been the Managing Director of Minster International Business Development Limited since 1998, advising and supporting a range of manufacturers in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

Commenting on his new post Hugh Saville said, ‘It’s an honour to have been offered this position during this exciting period of growth for the organisation. We’ve recently launched a new operations and maintenance database, EICAssetMap, covering all major UK assets across all energy sectors, while 2018 will see us take our flagship EIC Connect events around the globe holding these in the UAE, UK, US, Malaysia and Vietnam along with 130 other events worldwide during the year.’

EIC CEO Stuart Broadley said, “With more than 40 years of industry experience the EIC Board is in safe hands with Hugh. He’s one of the UK energy industry’s biggest supporters and is committed to helping our members develop their businesses.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Paul Mitchell for his hard work, leadership and generosity over the last five years. During what has been a very challenging period for the industry the EIC has actually managed to grow, in no small measure thanks to Paul. On behalf of the EIC I wish him all the best for his well-earned retirement from the EIC.”

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New technology increases solar generation by 50 percent https://pacetoday.com.au/new-technology-increases-solar-generation-50-percent/ https://pacetoday.com.au/new-technology-increases-solar-generation-50-percent/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:45:36 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=45208 Fluence, an energy storage company owned by Siemens and The AES Corporation, announced its new technology platform, called SunFlex Energy Storage, that is said to both improve and expand the capabilities of photovoltaic solar generation, already the fastest growing resource in the power sector. The company’s newest energy storage technology platform enables solar facilities to sell up … Continue reading New technology increases solar generation by 50 percent

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Fluence, an energy storage company owned by Siemens and The AES Corporation, announced its new technology platform, called SunFlex Energy Storage, that is said to both improve and expand the capabilities of photovoltaic solar generation, already the fastest growing resource in the power sector. The company’s newest energy storage technology platform enables solar facilities to sell up to 50 percent more clean energy per site, eliminates solar variability across the day – such as that caused by passing clouds – and expands the delivery of energy into the night, creating an on-demand solar resource.

“Solar and energy storage are the cheapest way to provide power in a number of markets today, and will reach economic parity in many more countries over the next five years,” said Stephen Coughlin, president and CEO of Fluence. “With Fluence’s SunFlex Energy Storage platform, customers can now deliver clean, abundant and low-cost solar energy on-demand, day or night.”

The growth in solar generation globally has been remarkable with the share of photovoltaics as a percentage of total generation doubling seven times between 2000 and 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. However, the industry faces headwinds as increasing solar generation creates challenges for network operators, tasked with controlling system reliability, to manage the uncertainty caused by this variable resource. With Fluence’s new technology platform, solar energy can now be delivered when it is needed most, not just when it is available. This innovation eliminates the need for back-up generation, such as peaking gas plants or reciprocating engines, to manage solar variability. This is especially critical on many microgrids and islands, where solar and storage combined are now the cheapest and most reliable form of energy available.

“The Fluence team originally developed energy storage solutions to replace inefficient or underutilized traditional power infrastructure assets such as power reserves, peaking, or wires,” said John Zahurancik, COO of Fluence. “Today, as new power investment is flowing mainly into new solar generation, we have the chance to make this more efficient from the start. With our solution, we can get more solar energy from the same site and make the best use of our power networks.”

The Fluence SunFlex Energy Storage technology platform builds upon many of the industry-leading controls and architectural principles from Advancion and Siestorage, the company’s two technology platforms and the experience gained from working with leading solar developers such as sPower and AES Distributed Energy. The new platform captures the solar energy that otherwise would be lost during daily peak solar hours, and will increase the volume of energy delivered from a single site by up to 50 percent by allowing developers to add more solar panels without the cost of changing their interconnection.

In addition, the new platform improves plant stability by smoothing and limiting the ramping of solar output, and in many areas, simplifies the interconnection process for combined solar and storage facilities. These improvements are only available from tailored energy storage solutions like Fluence’s SunFlex Energy Storage platform. In addition, energy storage can expand the capabilities of solar facilities by increasing the capacity factor of the plant and adding new sources of revenue from frequency regulation and other grid services.

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