A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand
Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)
New application for a very old technology
Ever heard of VLC? Visible Light Communication is the long term. Invented by Alexander Graham Bell back in the 1880s, it was called the photophone. The technology is making a comeback in a new form with the advent of LED lighting powered via PoE and connected to the local area network. This technology is opening exciting new possibilities for communication. Click to learn more »
Cold temperatures generate electricity
Scientists have discovered a way to power a light using the coldness of outer space. This could eventually be the night time equivalent of solar energy. They have used an inexpensive thermoelectric device, to harness the cold without an active heat input. The process is called radiative sky cooling, which can generate enough electricity to power an LED light. Scientists describe it as being similar to how frost forms on grass during freezing nights. That same idea can be used to create electricity, and produce renewable energy after the sun goes down. Further details are published in this journal.
My thanks to Malcolm Wheeler for providing interesting tit-bit
CoolCommsHotComms September Issue
Welcome to the September Issue
I can t believe I'm writing this with only 4 months left in the year!. Time flies and there is so much still to do this year, as usual it will be a race to the end! Our membership continues to grow and we have lots of initiatives in hand as the License Regime ramps up and the HFC Phasedown nears. I trust you find these newsletters useful, let us know if you don’t, as your feedback is valuable. And do remember if you have something you want to suggest for the newsletter to email email@example.com. This issue we have some photos provided by one of our members that may horrify you.
Health & Safety
Is your fleet maintained?
In a reserved decision the Tauranga District Court sentenced a business after one of its truck’s brakes failed and a worker was injured. After a police investigation raised concerns about breaches of work health and safety legislation WorkSafe investigated and found the truck was not maintained to proper standards. WorkSafe Chief Inspector, Investigations, Steve Kelly, said vehicles are the single biggest cause of acute harm in any workplace.
Worker sentenced to 10 month home detention
A WorkSafe investigation ended with a conviction at Manukau District Court after an employee failed training in the use of hazardous substances and chose to deceive his employer by forging the certificate.
Working safely with flammable refrigerants concerns the automative air conditioning industry.
Over the ditch, Australia's Automotive Air Conditiong, Electrical and Cooling Technicians of Australasia (VASA) have developed a new guide specifically for working safely on vehicles. This is a product of research between VASA, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and GHD Engineering to study uses of flammable gases in automotive workshop environments.
Public consultation on MBIEs 'A vision for hydrogen in New Zealand' now open
One of the nine key areas of the green paper released is decarbonisation of our gas. One of the nine key areas of the green paper released is decarbonisation of our gas.
Energy efficient modelling released by EECA
EECA have released an overview report, 'shows savings from modern technologies such as heat pumps, and more could provide the equivalent of 4,000 GWh extra capacity before renewable generation would be required. Work towards 100% renewable electricity by 2035* led by the Interim Climate Change Commission (ICCC) is supported in this report.
CIBSE ANZ 2019 Seminar Series
IoT, the Neurology of Building Operation – open for registration in Auckland. This half day event includes 8 presentations and share case studies from Peter Greaves, Buildings of the Future Leader, Tim Spies, Global Mechanical Leader and Client Director of Aurecon.
NAWIC announce Excellence Awards finalists
The finalists have been announced for the National Association of Women in Construction NZ (NAWIC) Excellence Awards. This year NAWIC partnered with BCITO and the entry numbers significantly increased for their fifth annual awards. Winners will be announced on Friday 27 September at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.
Sometimes seeing it done wrong is a helpful way to illustrate the importance of doing it right.
These photos were provided by one of our members who has been called in by the homeowner to remedy.
A cool CO2 solution
Claiming to be the world’s most efficient air-cooled carbon dioxide refrigeration system, two new technologies have combined to create CO2 refrigeration systems for use in hot climates. The system has been trialed in two South Australian operations and Glaciem Cooling Technologies are looking to fast track commercialisation.
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning competitors at WorldSkills Conference 2019
The WorldSkills Conference was held in Kazan this year and it was a Russian member along with a Korean member who took the gold award for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. The focus of the 2019 Conference was thriving societies, evolving economies and self-sustaining ecosystems
China's solar industry now the largest in the world
And solar power is cheaper than grid electricity in every Chinese city. Made achievable through government support, cost declines and advances in technology China is the biggest installer of solar representing a third of the world.
Victoria energy market in a state
Blackout Risks spark Victoria, Australia are in a different predicament to China as their energy market continues to struggle implementing renewable energy without baseload capacity. Power shortage risks are a concern for both residential and industrial areas. ASX Listed company representatives of Costa Group and Alumina Limited are speaking out about their concerns while energy minister looks for federal leadership for solution.
Rethinking the way we heat ourselves
Using half of our total energy consumption globally for heating our homes, industrial purposes and other applications providing a significant proportion of the world's pollution. The World Economic Forum's writer Gerard Reid looks at reduction, opportunities and the difficulties.
China's robot phenomenon
The "Made in China 2025” program, which set national goals of producing 100,000 industrial robots per year does not appear to concern China's workers regarding job replacement. With the working age population decreasing and the determination to lead industrial revolution, robots are embraced by all.
UK shopper's concern has led to a petition to ban open supermarket fridges.
The ban now over 30,000 signatures began due to concern that with climate change threatening the planet there is a need to remove unnecessary energy-waste.
IIR celebrates William Rankine with conference in his birthplace
A unique opportunity from the International Institute of Refrigeration to present at the IIR conference "Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation" in Glasgow, Scotland. Along with an anticipated 120 papers, you can explore research and developments in power cycles, working fluids, and RACHP applications over three days,
EMANZ are hosting Industrial Energy Systems Optimisation (IESO) Training delivered by Jonathan Pooch of DETA Consulting at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch on 25-26 September.
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Minutes of AGM
Held by Video Conference
167 Victoria St West
Central Business District
16 Walker St
Central Business District
Tuesday 26th February 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Ralph Boshier, Bruce Hurley, Levi Martin, Ross Muir, Ian Woodhouse
Ian Brown, John Dunn, Mark McKinney, Basil Orr, Peter Over, Graham Street, Terry Thomas Malcolm Wheeler,
That apologies be accepted (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier).
Minutes of Previous AGM
That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7.35 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Levi Martin/Ian Woodhouse).
Nil matter arising from the minutes.
That President’s Report be accepted (Ross Muir/Bruce Hurley)
Nil matters arising from the report.
That Secretary’s Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
The Secretary again, acknowledged the work of the Spark Foundation and, in particular, use of the video-conference facilities for the meeting.
That Financial Report (see below) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhouse)
Basil Orr suggested that the Institute seal be written-off as its value is now below the maximum allowable write-off value of $500 to simplify the accounts. The Treasurer will address when preparing the 2019 Financial report.
That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
Nil matters arising from the report.
Election of Officers
There being only one nomination for each position, all positions were confirmed without the need for elections.
Appointment of Financial Reviewer
That the current financial reviewer, Jeremy Barrett, be reappointed for the 2019 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2018 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier)
That the current cheque signatories (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier/Bruce Hurley) be retained (Levi Martin/Ian Woodhouse)
That the annual student awards be named the Ross Muir Awards (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier)
Ross was the driving force in set up the awards and has continued to administer them every year. It is a fitting tribute upon Ross’s retirement, after 51 years on the executive of the Institute, to name the awards in his honour.
The passing of Bruce Jensen and Ross Weir was noted. Both were stalwarts of the Branch.
Also recognised was the great relationship the Branch has with the Canterbury Electrical Association enabling members to participate in their activities.
The Spark Foundation
That a donation of $50.00 be made to the Spark Foundation in recognition of making the video conference facilities available the meeting (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir).
Auckland VHF Group
That a donation of $50.00 be made to the Auckland VHF Group of the NZART in recognition of their continuing support through their standing invitation for Institute members to attend their meetings and access to their magazine, Spectrum (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier).
New Zealand Society of Genealogists
By e-mail, Mark McKinney raised an offer by the Society to provide a home for the Institute’s applications forms . These date back to the early days of the Institute and are held by the Secretary.
Considerable discussion took place around the privacy issues of passing the forms to a third party. The consensus was the Institute should continue to hold the forms. However, if the Society wished to access a particular individual’s form they should contact the Secretary who would pass the request to the member. It would then be over to the member whether or not they wished to release a copy of the form.
No further general business.
The meeting was declared closed at 8:20 pm.
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