Disciplinary action taken over unsafe electrical work

Disciplinary action taken over unsafe electrical work Action has been taken by the Electrical Licensing Committee against six electrical licence holders in May and June 2020. According to an alert from the Queensland Electrical Safety Office, a number of licences were suspended and fines handed down for unsafe practices. In one instance, an electrical worker failed to identify electrical risks and implement safe systems of work when he installed a new main switchboard and submains. The submains were connected with incorrect polarity, resulting in the earthing system becoming live. The property manager and worker received shocks because the worker didn’t complete all mandatory tests, so the reverse polarity wasn’t identified. The worker’s licence was suspended for six months and he must complete competency units prior

Maximising efficiency for the future power grid

Maximising efficiency for the future power grid With the rapid uptake of renewables and alternative means of power, there has been a push to design a more effective power grid. Australia has more than two million installed rooftop solar panel systems, making up nearly one-quarter of the capacity of the overall electricity grid, and in some areas, local take-up of solar panels is well above 40% of all customer premises. The increasing adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as rooftop solar panels, is changing power grids from a centralised system, served by large-scale generators and transmission networks, to a more local and decentralised system. Consequently, an energy exchange framework designed to better manage DERs has recently been developed by researchers at Monash University. In

Increased solar power output after COVID-19 lockdown

Increased solar power output after COVID-19 lockdown The worldwide shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic saw a marked increase in solar power output, a new study has found. With much of the world’s travel and commerce brought to a standstill, people around the world started noticing clearer skies as a result of lower levels of air pollution. Now, researchers have been able to demonstrate that those clearer skies had a measurable impact on the output from solar photovoltaic panels, leading to a more than 8% increase in the power output from installations in Delhi. The effect should apply to solar installations worldwide, but would normally be very difficult to measure against a background of natural variations in solar panel output caused by everything from clouds

La Trobe installs 7500 solar panels, LED lights

La Trobe installs 7500 solar panels, LED lights A new solar panel installation at La Trobe will see the university achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2029. The solar energy project has just been completed at its Bundoora Campus, with 7500 solar panels energised on roofs around the university. The new solar panel system, which will generate 2.5 MW of clean, renewable electricity, is a cornerstone of La Trobe’s Net Zero Plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2029 through renewable energy projects, energy efficiency improvements and waste reduction on campus. La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar AO said the university is proving it is serious about sustainability. “These panels will supply up to half of the campus’s energy needs on days of peak

Funding to fix unstable energy grids

Funding to fix unstable energy grids A study that will explore how to manage unstable and weak parts of the electricity grid has just received funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The Grid Innovation Hub at Monash University has received $495,680 in funding to conduct a desktop study that explores issues and strategies associated with connecting renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and battery projects into weaker parts of the National Electricity Market (NEM). The $1.3 million project will use the West Murray region of the North West Victorian network as a case study due to the region’s current system stability challenges. Outcomes and outputs from the study will be applicable to other renewable energy zones (REZs) across the NEM, such

Guiding the electricity market through COVID-19

Guiding the electricity market through COVID-19 The latest measures designed to guide the national electricity market through the COVID-19 pandemic have been announced by the Australian Energy Market Commission. In a final determination on how to adapt its wide-reaching five-minute settlement reforms to the reality of COVID-19, the Commission has announced it will give energy businesses an extra three months to get ready for the change — now set for October 2021. Five-minute settlement involves the biggest IT overhaul Australia’s energy market has ever seen. It is a major market reform to inject more fast-response energy options into the power system and will mean the wholesale electricity spot price is settled every five instead of every 30 minutes. The change will benefit batteries,

Electrical vehicle-to-grid trial held in ACT

Electrical vehicle-to-grid trial held in ACT One of the largest electric vehicle (EV) vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trials in the world is about to be held in Canberra. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $2.4 million in funding to ActewAGL, to facilitate the demonstration of V2G services in Australia. As batteries on wheels, V2G technology allows EVs to discharge electricity back to the grid or even provide services to improve grid security. The Realising Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Services (REVS) project will see 51 Nissan LEAF EVs deployed across the ACT to test and provide V2G services. The EVs will be part of the ACT Government fleet and when plugged in will provide frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) to the national electricity market (NEM). Traditionally provided only

Top 10 data centre trends for 2025

Top 10 data centre trends for 2025 The top 10 trends expected for data centres in the year 2025 have recently been released by Huawei. From 2010 to 2019, data centres evolved from ICT equipment rooms to cloud technology. Rapid development of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and 5G is expected to bring a new era, with a dramatic increase in market demand for data centres. At the same time, data centres are facing challenges such as difficulties in obtaining resources for construction, lengthy construction periods and high energy consumption. The top 10 trends for data centres, as predicted by Huawei, are listed below. 1. High density power CPU and server capacity are continuously increasing, as IT computing capacity continues to

Schneider Electric awarded for high performance

Schneider Electric awarded for high performance Schneider Electric has been named HPE Momentum Edge Partner of the Year 2020, recognised for its performance, growth and innovation. At the HPE Partner Growth Summit Virtual Experience, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the winners of the 2020 HPE Partner of the Year Awards. These channel partners from across the partner ecosystem have been awarded for their outstanding performance, commitment to customer excellence, focus on growth and innovation, and professional achievements. “We are proud to be recognised for our collaborative efforts in bringing commercial and industrial edge together with operational technologies for the benefits of our customers,” said Chris Hanley, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Global Channels and Alliances, Schneider Electric. “We look forward to growing this critical

MFB Slim Line cabinets

MFB Slim Line cabinets Click2Contact The MFB Slim Line series of cabinets are a smart, attractive, low-profile patch panel hub enclosure. These Australian designed and manufactured cabinets, with angled doors, are suitable for the SOHO workspace or installed in confined spaces or high traffic areas. As standard, they are available in 2RU and 3RU depths. These cabinets provide the necessary flexibility for smaller patch panel installations in a vertical wall-mounted format. They feature a large open rear area for bulk cable access. Further to this, there are 50 mm diameter cable knockouts in the top and bottom for additional cable and line feed. The cabinets feature hinged, key-lockable vented doors, in standard key or bi-lock format for additional security. These Slim Line cabinets are manufactured