ReNew Issue 121
ReNew Issue 121 is out now!
- Looking into the technology crystal ball
- The challenge is building
- Building with SIPs
- An evolution of materials and methods
- Houses of the future
- The future generation?
- Built for and by the community: a wind farm in WA
- The value of solar
- Electric vehicles are coming—slowly!
- Alternatives to old battery technology
- Solar PV: new pieces in the energy puzzle
- Meter smarts
- LED to OLED: lighting the way forward
- Water harvest
- Renewables research
- Renewable energy courses guide
- Taking care of your batteries: a regulator buyers guide
- Hybrid solar hot water
- Green on the water—an update
Looking into the technology crystal ball
What’s in the future for sustainable technology, and who decides? Michael O’Connell explores the opportunities and challenges.
The challenge is building
We have the knowledge, so why aren’t we using it? Chris Reardon considers where to next for our built environments.
Building with SIPs
Sid Thoo describes the design and construction decisions when building with new product SIPs—structural insulated panels.
An evolution of materials and methods
Prefab, cross-laminated timber and materials reuse are all part of the cutting edge of sustainable building, writes Jack Nicholls.
Houses of the future
Inspiring and practical houses of the future: Meg Warren’s build-in-progress, sustainable building standards and competitions + eco-village developments.
The future generation?
60 community-owned solar, wind and hydro projects are in the pipeline, writes Robyn Deed.
Built for and by the community: a wind farm in WA
Australia’s second community wind farm is about to come online. Project chair Craig Chappelle describes the long, but ultimately rewarding, process.
The value of solar
The value of medium-scale solar has been realised in this Carnarvon power station, writes project engineer Toby Price.
Electric vehicles are coming—slowly!
Lance Turner looks at what we can expect to see on our roads in the near future.
Alternatives to old battery technology
Just how close are we to replacing lead-acid batteries for renewable energy storage?
Solar PV: new pieces in the energy puzzle
Stephen Tansing looks at solar technology, current and future.
You can even monitor your energy use when you’re not home: Richard Keech puts Jemena’s new online portal to the test.
LED to OLED: lighting the way forward
John Knox rounds up the latest lighting developments.
Could stormwater solve the problem of water shortages in our impermeable cityscapes
Research into waves, intermittency and living labs. By Beth Askham.
Renewable energy courses guide
Enrolment time is approaching for many courses. Find the right course in our guide.
Taking care of your batteries: a regulator buyers guide
Using the right regulator in an independent power system is very important if you want your batteries to live a long and healthy life. We take a look at the types available, what they cost and where to get them.
Hybrid solar hot water
It’s not easy making hot water during the winter months in Dunedin, NZ, so Michael Laba has done it in an unusual way.
Green on the water—an update
Stef Palmer gives a ‘liveaboard’ report on the low carbon footprint catamaran project initiated earlier this year.