R124

ReNew Issue 124

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ReNew Issue 124 is out now!

  • High-tech shack
  • The lithium homestead
  • Wind directions
  • Energy access
  • Electric communities come together
  • First place (first try!)
  • Know your renewables: solar panel basics
  • Cool competition: winter PV testing
  • How sustainable is solar PV?
  • Plastic Free July
  • Australia-wide monitoring trials
  • Smart meter guide
  • Display your power
  • No smart meter? Other energy monitoring options
  • PVOutput: online solar monitoring
  • Measuring a loaf of bread
  • Window and film buyers guide
  • Biochar benefits
  • Build-your-own solar hot water system
  • ATA member profile: Bruce Plowman
  • Pears Report: Energy inefficiency
  • Salvage It! Fax machines and hair trimmers
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Issue Contents:

  • High-tech shack

    A house designed as a fibro shack retrofit is soon to become a sustainable housing laboratory—after competing in the Solar Decathlon China. Beth Askham reports on the many energy-efficient features of this net zero energy home.
  • The lithium homestead

    Replenishable Energy in Queensland recently installed a large lithium battery based system in the bush. Rollo Sherriff describes how impressive it is.
  • Wind directions

    How’s that—the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere is now operating in Victoria! Alicia Webb gives us an update on the state of wind in Australia.
  • Energy access

    The Alliance for Rural Electrification steps up a campaign for small wind in developing countries.
  • Electric communities come together

    Robyn Antanovskii finds there’s an EV for everyone at the recent expo, organised by the
    ATA’s Melbourne EV branch.
  • First place (first try!)

    John Evans tells how his students won the schools e-bike race in the 2012 Hunter Valley
    EV Prize.
  • Know your renewables: solar panel basics

    Solar panels are popping up on homes everywhere, but how do they actually work? Lance Turner gives us a tour of the basics.
  • Cool competition: winter PV testing

    Colin Dedman updates his popular PV testing to include new panels and those that had previously only had a run in summer.
  • How sustainable is solar PV?

    Engineer Alex Bruce became a convert to life cycle assessment (LCA) after failing to answer a question on PV sustainability. He describes how LCA is used by the company he co-founded, eTool.
  • Plastic Free July

    Three years in, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz knows about the good and the ‘slightly tricky’ of going plastic free.
  • Australia-wide monitoring trials

    After a spate of trials, is there a better deal in store for householders, asks Jack Nicholls?
  • Smart meter guide

    The ATA’s new booklet helps householders understand the new products and services smart meters can provide.
  • Display your power

    Richard Keech explains the curiously named Zigbee network used by smart meters and in-home displays, and tests three displays.
  • No smart meter? Other energy monitoring options

    Rich Haynes considers options for monitoring if you don’t have a smart meter.
  • PVOutput: online solar monitoring

    Australian-run website PVOutput enables you to compare how your PV stacks up against others around the world. Gary Gliddon explains.
  • Measuring a loaf of bread

    Michael O’Connell uses a plug-in energy meter to measure his daily loaf!
  • Window and film buyers guide

    Poorly performing windows can drag down the thermal performance of your home. Lance Turner looks at some solutions.
  • Biochar benefits

    John Hermans explains what biochar is, its environmental benefits and the process he uses to make it.
  • Build-your-own solar hot water system

    After a slow and costly start, Martin Chape’s DIY solar HWS is working so well that there’s heat to spare. He describes the challenging build.
  • ATA member profile: Bruce Plowman

    Having just turned 94, active ATA member Bruce Plowman takes time out to talk to Beth Askham about his home, his love of technology and the role he played in war-time communications.
  • Pears Report: Energy inefficiency

    According to the International Energy Agency, energy efficiency is the key to carbon abatement—but that’s not evident in a range of recent reviews in Australia, writes Alan Pears.
  • Salvage It! Fax machines and hair trimmers

    Mechanical paper-handling parts and an excellent scraper are just some of the parts you can rescue from these oft-discarded items, writes Julian Edgar.