Fluid Solar today cuts the power cord for Fluid Solar House, its new $8 million head office in Adelaide, which has run all winter on renewable energy, independent of SA’s troubled power grid, using a world-first design that cuts construction costs and slashes energy consumption.Breakthrough building technology company
This afternoon, the Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg visited Fluid Solar House to symbolically sever the power cord connecting the energy self-sufficient building to the State’s unreliable electricity grid. Fluid Solar’s “Off-Grid Party” celebrates the fact that Fluid Solar House has operated free of the electricity grid since April this year, saving more than $28,000 in power bills.
Located just 1km from the closing GM Holden car plant at Elizabeth, 27km north of Adelaide, Fluid Solar House could disconnect from SA’s embattled electricity grid due to its ability to generate 250 kilowatt peak (kWp) of solar thermal and electric power from the building’s innovative combination of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, concentrating solar thermal tubes and wind turbines on the rooftop.
Fluid Solar Managing Director Roger Davies said the company’s building technology was a breakthrough in both construction and energy costs. “This is the future of affordable, energy-smart housing, from rural remote shacks to medium-rise commercial buildings,” he said.
Two Newcastle medical clinics avoided more than three days of business disruption when a Datto backup appliance kept them running after the rare failure of their near-new state-of-the-art network server.
Lotus Dermatology and collocated business Coco Skin Laser Health are industry leaders in the field of dermatology and cosmetic medicine, sharing purpose-designed central city premises and employing more than 20 people to provide skin care services for customers from around the region.
Lotus Dermatology and Coco Skin Laser Health use the latest technology both for their services and for day-to-day operations. Computer systems play an essential role in managing appointments and storing patient records to meet operational and regulatory requirements.
After a faulty motherboard shut down a one-year-old server, IT services firm Dynamic Business Technologies put the two clinics back in business that same day by giving them access to their records with the Datto SIRIS backup appliance, which makes a near real-time backup of their data.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited has today announced it has established a company in Thailand to manage production of its zinc-bromine flow batteries in South East Asia.
In May, the ASX-listed company (ASX:RFX) announced its decision to move its battery manufacturing from North America to South East Asia, to be closer to its most lucrative markets, in Australia, Oceania and southern Africa, and to reduce production costs.
In a statement to the ASX this morning, Redflow reported that it has established Redflow (Thailand) Limited, which is negotiating a lease on premises in a Thai free trade zone. It is also seeking Thai licensing and regulatory approvals.
As well as its location, close to Redflow’s supply chain and marketplaces, Thailand offers good manufacturing expertise, competitive logistics, an attractive labour cost and effective tax treatment for international manufacturers within its free trade zone structure.
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said the final North American production batch of ZBM2 batteries was now in transit to Australia. “I’m pleased to report that our stack manufacturing equipment from North America has arrived in Thailand ahead of schedule,” he said.