Water Journal : Water Journal May 2015
water MAY 2015 90 water Business McBerns has recently released industrial size odour control units; the ZC4000 can process and treat extreme levels of H2S in excess of 1000ppm and airflows over 200l/s. The units are modular, portable and self- contained within a small footprint. The McBerns Safety Access Covers provide a significant improvement in worker and public safety when access covers are in the open position. The built-in 4-side void protection makes it easy and quick to have a complete safety barrier around any open pit. All lids are custom designed and manufactured in Queensland and meet Australian/NZ standards. McBerns now distributes directly into New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and overseas into New Zealand, the UK, US and Asia. McBerns will be visiting customers in NSW over the next few months. If you have any McBerns products, particularly odour filters, that need servicing or media replacement, or you wish to consult with McBerns regarding odour management or access cover design, please call 07 5445 1646. For more information visit www.mcberns.com GROUND-BREAKING FLOATING SOLAR TECHNOLOGY LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA Infratech Industries has launched Australia’s first floating solar system, which will generate an estimated 57 per cent more power than fixed land-based systems. The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system. Based in South Australia’s Jamestown, the Northern Areas Council Waste Water Treatment Plant is the first to implement the new system, which is expected to exceed the plant’s high energy needs and will feed through to the surrounding local communities and Council buildings. Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whiting said the benefits extend beyond energy efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s water quality and create nearly 70 new jobs for the local community as a result of the project. “Blue-green algae is a major concern for wastewater treatment plants and the shade produced by the floating solar panels combats this problem by limiting the photosynthesis process. The energy goes into the panels, not the water, so the surface stays cool, which helps to lift the quality of treated wastewater,” she said. “On a broader scale, the technology is suitable for any body of water, including drinking water and moving water bodies such as lakes. Since it reduces evaporation by up to 90 per cent, it can have a powerful saving for areas affected by drought and dry climate such as Australia, California, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines,” she said. The Northern Areas Council will reap additional economic benefits with a cost saving of approximately 15 per cent on their current energy expenditure, plus an additional one per cent margin on the excess energy provided to the local community. More than 15 Australian engineers and research scientists in the Nano Science and Technology Department in Adelaide’s Flinders University were involved in the project’s technological and engineering development. The development team will remain involved as research and development continues into integrated water treatment, phosphorus treatment systems and energy storage. Jon Dee, Australia’s leading expert in energy efficiency and co-founder of the Planet Ark and DoSomething organisations, has applauded the innovation and leadership of Infratech Industries. “Solar PV panels currently generate renewable electricity on more than 1.36 million Australian rooftops, so we’ve more than shown our acceptance of solar technology,” said Dee. “However, many people want to see more solar innovation being undertaken in Australia by local companies, in a way that helps the environment and generates local jobs at the same time. “The development of Australian- owned, researched and developed floating solar is to be applauded as it shows that Australian companies can be leaders in the transition to economies that are powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy. In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, there is also strong potential to export this technology to other countries, which can only lead to even more jobs.” As such a major milestone in the renewable energy movement, Whiting expects a national and international spotlight will be focused on Jamestown with visiting ambassadors from South East Asia, France and the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter MLC for Climate Change attending the launch, with key members of the SA Cabinet having already visited the site. “Just how strong Australia's post- 2020 emissions reduction targets remains unknown, however we do know solar innovation is a milestone towards Australian councils, communities and businesses making a difference. As Australians evangelise this type of technology, it is our hope that renewable energy becomes the mainstream rather than niche solution. Change is not beyond us and this is definitely a strong step forward,” Whiting said.
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