Energy ministers and business leaders to meet at Resilience Summit

The growing importance of resilience is demonstrated in the calibre of delegates gathering in New Zealand’s capital next month for the Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit hosted by the World Energy Council and BusinessNZ Energy Council. Energy resilience is emerging as a clear priority for both the private and public sector. The Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit […]

Revolutionary wind energy conversion system

Revolutionary wind energy conversion system

The novel cross-axis-wind-turbine (CAWT) is a new type of wind turbine that has the capability to extract energy from multi-directional wind that is commonly found in urban areas due to the interaction of airflows between high-rise buildings. Its ability to operate in areas with complex wind pattern and low wind speed overcomes the weaknesses of […]

Business addressing climate change

Business addressing climate change

Climate change is moving up the agenda for New Zealand businesses, according to a survey released by BusinessNZ. Businesses that make up 36 percent of New Zealand’s private sector GDP participated in the BusinessNZ Climate Change Survey. The survey shows that 61 percent of those surveyed have introduced initiatives to reduce emissions, and that businesses […]

Energy conversion principle to double engine efficiency

Energy conversion principle to double engine efficiency

Professor Ken Naitoh of Waseda University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering (Department of Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, School of Fundamental Science and Engineering) and his associates have discovered a revolutionary energy conversion principle (new compressive combustion principle) able to yield stand-alone engines with double or higher the thermal efficiency potential of conventional engines, independent […]

Low maintenance solar tracker actuators

Low maintenance solar tracker actuators

Low maintenance Airstroke actuators from Firestone provide a compact and easily installed way to continuously orient solar trackers’ payload towards the sun to optimise the amount of energy produced from installed power generating capacity. The rubber and fabric actuators can be used to solve the problem of stationary solar collection panels becoming inefficient as the […]

Leadership called for

New Zealand businesses want the government to show greater leadership around carbon, waste and water issues, a University of Waikato study has found. The report’s co-authors, Associate Professor Eva Collins and Professor Juliet Roper from the University’s Waikato Management School, say the findings are important for the government as it prepares for climate change talks […]

New Emission Targets Achievable

New Emission Targets Achievable

New emission trading targets are a realistic goal for New Zealand business, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). However, it warns that New Zealand must continue to show willing to play its part in initiatives designed to combat climate change to maintain the goodwill of its trading partners. EMA CEO Kim Campbell says climate […]

NZ clean technologies exported to Asia

Two clean-tech investors, London-based ETI Dynamics and Auckland-based Greenhouse Capital, have joined forces to invest $100 million in exporting New Zealand clean technologies into India, Asia and Africa. The partnership was announced at the pair’s first bi-annual clean tech investment forum in Auckland today, which included discussions with companies seeking funding for offshore growth. Greenhouse […]

Emissions target challenging but achievable

Emissions target challenging but achievable

New Zealand’s new target for emissions reduction is challenging but achievable with collective effort says BusinessNZ. The new national target of 30 percent less emissions than 2005 by 2030 will not be easy to achieve, but many businesses are already showing leadership in moving in that direction, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said. “Business will […]

Uptake of energy efficient products saves New Zealand millions

Uptake of energy efficient products saves New Zealand consumers and business more than $96 million in a one-year period, according to analysis of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) Products Programme. EECA’s Energy Efficient Products Manager Eddie Thompson says EECA calculated the energy savings for the year ending March 2014 by tracking improvements in […]