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ReNew Issue 123

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ReNew Issue 123 is out now!

  • Urban strawbale: the ups and downs of a DIY home
  • Making a shed liveable
  • Using technology to improve efficiency
  • Communities and wind power
  • Keeping electronics out of landfill
  • Aussie-made solar: inside Tindo’s factory
  • Solar boats quietly moving forward
  • Solar in China
  • Know your renewables: battery basics
  • No peaks
  • A process for battery sizing
  • Insights into using lithium batteries
  • EVing your bike
  • Electric bike buyers guide
  • EV Prize and EV Expo
  • DIY garage-door opener
  • Much easier to push around
  • Free heat from the sun
  • A more efficient wood heater
  • Pears Report – If I ran an electricity network….
  • Salvage It! – The best bits to save
  • Book review
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Issue Contents:

  • Urban strawbale: the ups and downs of a DIY home

    Owner-builder Nikki McCoy shares her home, building experiences and lunch with Beth Askham from ReNew.
  • Making a shed liveable

    It’s amazing how comfortable a converted shed can be. Vadim Pantall explains how he and his family renovated an ordinary shed into an off-grid home.
  • Using technology to improve efficiency

    Common in Europe, but fairly new here: David Coote describes how thermal imaging and air change measurements are driving his energy efficiency retrofit.
  • Communities and wind power

    It’s a vastly different community wind power landscape in Europe. Jarra Hicks from Community Power Agency explores the implications for wind power in Australia.
  • Keeping electronics out of landfill

    Jeff Angel describes the complicated process of getting e-waste recycling happening in Australia.
  • Aussie-made solar: inside Tindo’s factory

    Alan Strickland takes us on a tour of Tindo Solar’s highly automated solar PV factory.
  • Solar boats quietly moving forward

    Could solar-powered watercraft revolutionise marine transport? Stephen Williamslooks at solar sailing progress.
  • Solar in China

    Peter Reefman recently took a trip to China to talk to solar power system manufacturers. He shares the highlights of manufacturing on a grand scale.
  • Know your renewables: battery basics

    Lance Turner takes a look at battery types, how they work and the importance of maintenance.
  • No peaks

    Does it make financial sense to charge batteries from the grid at off-peak times for peak-time use? The ATA reports.
  • A process for battery sizing

    Phil Hapgood explains how to size your battery bank for a long and useful life.
  • Insights into using lithium batteries

    Lithium batteries are at the heart of Gordon Garrad’s household renewable energy system.
  • EVing your bike

    Why not convert your old faithful bike to electric? Alastair Ryan puts a kit to the test.
  • Electric bike buyers guide

    Our guide lays out the options for a cleaner, easier way to get from A to B.
  • EV Prize and EV Expo

    Calling student-designed electric bike entries for the annual EV Prize. Plus visit the ATA EV Expo for all (transport) things electric.
  • DIY garage-door opener

    Martin Chape reduces his grid power use even further with a 24 volt garage-door opener.
  • Much easier to push around

    When it comes to high power and high capacity for less weight, nothing beats lithium batteries. Lance Turner describes his rechargeable mower upgrade.
  • Free heat from the sun

    If your house has the right type of roof and insulation, you can use the roof cavity as a huge solar heater. Alan Leenaerts describes his setup.
  • A more efficient wood heater

    It took Tom Chalko eight years to get around to it, but he wishes he’d done it earlier! He describes a simple modification to use a cool air intake that’s made his wood heater much more efficient.
  • Pears Report – If I ran an electricity network….

    As Australia looks for leadership on energy policy, Alan Pears rates the recent Energy White Paper as a fail. Find out why.
  • Salvage It! – The best bits to save

    Julian Edgar names his ten favourite parts to recover from waste items.
  • Book review

    After the Future: Australia’s New Extinction Crisis, a Quarterly Essay by Tim Flannery.