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10/28/2016 | Latest News
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Any organic waste product can be a fuel for a biomass steam boiler, but it is usually wood waste from […]

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Any organic waste product can be a fuel for a biomass steam boiler, but it is usually wood waste from Sawmills that is used for large scale steam boilers.  The biomass boiler can be used to generate steam and or hot water through burning the biomass cleanly.

The Simons Group have been leaders in thermal engineering solutions in Australia for over 80 years. Biomass boilers are another intelligent and green product in our portfilio.

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Trigeneration is a solid investment for the City of Sydney. Trigeneration is a solid investment for the City of Sydney.
10/28/2016 | Latest News
Trigeneration is a solid investment for the City of Sydney.
Trigeneration is a solid investment for the City of Sydney.

Despite a rise in gas prices and a decline in support from state and federal policy, Trigeneration has still been […]

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Trigeneration is a solid investment for the City of Sydney.

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Despite a rise in gas prices and a decline in support from state and federal policy, Trigeneration has still been a solid investment for the City of Sydney. Installing Trigeneration power at Town Hall is already helping us reduce our reliance on coal-generated energy hauled in from the Hunter Valley and allows us to power, heat and cool our buildings from a clean, local supply,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

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Successful Commissioning of 3 x 3000kW Hot Water Boiler/ Heaters Successful Commissioning of 3 x 3000kW Hot Water Boiler/ Heaters
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Successful Commissioning of 3 x 3000kW Hot Water Boiler/ Heaters
Successful Commissioning of 3 x 3000kW Hot Water Boiler/ Heaters

Simons Boilers have provided 3 X ICI Caldaie REX300, 3000 KW hot water boilers/heaters to Darling Harbour Live and the Darling […]

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Successful Commissioning of 3 x 3000kW Hot Water Boiler/ Heaters

Simons Boilers have provided 3 X ICI Caldaie REX300, 3000 KW hot water boilers/heaters to Darling Harbour Live and the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre. These hot water boilers/heaters will provide mechanical heating for the buildings HVAC requirements.

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CITY OF SYDNEY COUNCIL IS COMMITTED THEIR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR THE CITY CITY OF SYDNEY COUNCIL IS COMMITTED THEIR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR THE CITY
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CITY OF SYDNEY COUNCIL IS COMMITTED THEIR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR THE CITY
CITY OF SYDNEY COUNCIL IS COMMITTED THEIR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR THE CITY

The City of Sydney is installing low-carbon cogeneration in the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre to produce clean, locally produced energy for the indoor heated pool, café and fitness centre.

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CITY OF SYDNEY COUNCIL IS COMMITTED THEIR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR THE CITY

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The City of Sydney is installing low-carbon cogeneration in the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre to produce clean, locally produced energy for the indoor heated pool, café and fitness centre.

This cogeneration unit is part of the City’s trigeneration program, and will provide power and heating at the centre, reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by more than 500 tonnes a year.

Many NSW councils already use cogeneration/trigeneration at their pools, including Willoughby, Wagga Wagga, North Sydney and Hornsby. It is also installed at the aquatic centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City had made a long-term commitment to cut carbon pollution and locally produced energy would make a significant contribution to its emissions reduction target of 70 per cent by 2030.

“With cities responsible for more than 70 per cent of carbon emissions, it’s cities that have the greatest opportunity for action,” she said.

“We’ve already cut emissions in our own operations by 27 per cent. Under our new environmental action plan we’re committing to reducing emissions by 44 per cent by 2021 and cogeneration at Ian Thorpe aquatic centre will play a significant role in reaching that target.”

The cost of carbon abatement per tonne using trigeneration at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is lower than Greenpower, and the system also provides infrastructure that improves the building’s overall energy efficiency.

Moore said locally-produced electricity reduces carbon pollution, improves energy efficiency and reduces high network charges from using the inefficient poles and wires that bring electricity from the Hunter Valley and beyond.

Cogeneration and trigeneration plants use natural or renewable gases to produce electricity. The heat by-product from the process that is wasted at centralised power stations can be captured and used for air conditioning, space heating and hot water services – making the facilities more than twice as efficient as coal-fired power plants.

“A trigeneration plant has recently been installed on the roof of Sydney Town Hall House to power the town hall and its office buildings and is currently in the testing phase,” she said. “Together with the solar panels that have already been installed, this will provide energy for hundreds of lights, printers and computers as well as air conditioning and space heating and charging for the City’s electric vehicle fleet.”

The City has already retrofitted 45 of its properties to reduce electricity and water use, generating operational savings of more than $1 million a year.

The Better Buildings Partnership includes the owners of more than half the commercial office space in the city centre and was established by the City of Sydney. By improving the energy efficiency of their buildings, the partnership has avoided more than 145,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the last year as well as reduced costs by more than $30 million.

Original Article by Sandra van Dijk | 1 July 2016 | climatecontrolnews.com.au

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HOW TO REDUCE PEAK DEMAND CHARGES ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL HOW TO REDUCE PEAK DEMAND CHARGES ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL
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HOW TO REDUCE PEAK DEMAND CHARGES ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL
HOW TO REDUCE PEAK DEMAND CHARGES ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL

The past few years has seen a major shift in the way electricity retailers charge for your electricity usage. This […]

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HOW TO REDUCE PEAK DEMAND CHARGES ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL

EbillThe past few years has seen a major shift in the way electricity retailers charge for your electricity usage. This shift results in exorbitant peak demand charges, while lowering consumption rates  on a kilowatt-hours (kWh) basis. Peak demand charges now make up a large proportion of your total bill.

While most consumers are confused by an ill-explained formula, this shift presents various opportunities in implementing methods to reduce your peak energy demand charges.  This paper demystifies electricity charges, along with addressing such methods in reducing demand charges.

Previously, both domestic and commercial customers paid only for the electricity they used in cents per kWh.  Their bill was a simple summation of the amount of power they used in kWh over a given period.

Electricity retailers now have a new way of billing their customers to pass on the cost of energy demand spikes at peak energy periods. Bills are now broken up into 3 categories

  1. Energy usage (charged in cents/kWh),
  2. Poles and wires charges, passed on from the network (charged in cents/kWh),
  3. Peak Demand charges (typically charged in $/KVA/month).

By billing in this way, retailers charge consumers for their potential maximum peak demand, often over a twelve month period. Their reasoning for Peak Demand charges, is to allow for the “setting aside” of sufficient electricity during peak events should it be required.  This is typically based on the hottest days of the year where a large amount of electricity is being used by air conditioning systems running at maximum capacity.

The peak demand charge has been creeping up over time and now for most commercial and industrial consumers, these network demand charges make up the bulk of an electricity bill.

Typical electricity consumers are now left scratching their heads in an effort to reduce the peak demand charges and “flatten out” their electricity demand.

Jake Thodey, principal engineer from Simons Green Energy (SGE) has offered the following suggestions for ways in which you can look at flattening out your electricity demand peaks.

  1. Smart load management. This method suggests you run non-essential or periodically essential services outside of the peak demand times in order to passively reduce total electrical demand.  It can be as simple as turning air conditioning temperatures set points up a few degrees in the middle of the day on very hot days to try to reduce the strain on the cooling system, and thus the reduce the total electrical draw.
  2. Load shedding. This method is similar to the above however it is more actively controlled approach. This method employs an array of electronically controlled and metered sub-systems, which actively turn off or ramp down non-essential high consumption circuits in order to reduce the total demand.  For example some new “smart fridges” can sense when the grid is strained and do not turn on their compressors at peak times.
  3. Non-conventional chillers. Reducing the need for electricity during high-load periods is key, and as electricity consumption is typically related to temperature, natural gas powered chillers such as natural gas heat pumps and natural gas-fired absorption chillers can offer a cost saving and a peak demand shaving alternative to standard electrical chillers.
  4. Energy storage and demand levelling. Moving consumption from peak to off-peak periods has the dual benefit of reducing peak demand as well as shifting usage costs to lower off-peak rates. As an example, chilled water or phase change thermal storage systems may be used to generate the cooling required during off-peak periods, for use in the middle of the day when rates are high.
  5. Extra generation. This system employs paralleling embedded generators such as natural gas cogeneration systems, gas generators or parallel-enabled diesel generators.  The system uses an alternative energy source, such as natural gas to generate the power instead of buying the power from the grid. This fuel switching has the benefit of avoiding the peak demand charge as there is no peak demand charge for natural gas, and the power generated onsite is very often at a cheaper price (c/kWh) than buying the electricity from the grid.

By employing a range of the above measures, businesses can reduce the strain on the grid as well as on their bottom line.  By diversifying energy dependence with non-standard solutions, businesses can invest in their future profits wisely with new ways of managing energy.

Simons Green Energy are experts in electrical and thermal engineering as well as alternative energy solutions. SGE specialises in a range of energy saving technologies including natural gas cogeneration and gas generation, as well as gas fired absorption chillers.  SGE can work with businesses to reduce their dependence on the grid, and the associated costs that go with it.

For more information contact Toni at Simons Green Energy and Simons Boilers on 02 8338 8660 or via email toni@simonsgreenenergy.com.au

jakeArticle by Jake Thodey | Principal Engineer

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Simons Offices opened in Western Australia Simons Offices opened in Western Australia
05/18/2016 | Latest News
Simons Offices opened in Western Australia
Simons Offices opened in Western Australia

We are excited to finally open an office in Perth, Western Australia. We welcome Yudhi Yulius to our team representing […]

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Simons Offices opened in Western Australia

We are excited to finally open an office in Perth, Western Australia. We welcome Yudhi Yulius to our team representing Simons Green Energy and Simons Boilers in Western Australia.

Yudhi YuliusWestern Australia was the backbone of Australian economy for many years with strong growth in the resources industries, attracting people from all over the world to move and call Perth or WA home. The population growth has led the nation for many years, warranting relentless developments in public infrastructures, housing, and other supporting industries. Despite the recent slowdown in the resources industry due to the fall in commodity prices, WA still preserves a massive supply of resources that the world needs. WA is also the gate to Asia from Australia, geographically well positioned to satisfy Asian countries’ demand for food, mineral and resources, and tourism.

Simons Group believes in WA’s growth potentials and thereby is glad to welcome Yudhi Yulius to our team. Yudhi is a mechanical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the thermal and energy industry, with expertise in cogeneration, trigeneration, boilers and steam systems, and gas equipment, as well as a wealth of experience encompassing the entire supply chain of thermal engineering products. Based in Perth, he will concentrate in looking after Simons’ businesses in Western Australia.

Contact Yudhi on M. 0451 819 192 or via email on
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Come and meet YUDHI at the AIRAH TRADE NIGHT – Thursday 9th June 2016

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Turnbull announces $1 billion for clean energy but there’s great scepticism Turnbull announces $1 billion for clean energy but there’s great scepticism
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Turnbull announces $1 billion for clean energy but there’s great scepticism
Turnbull announces $1 billion for clean energy but there’s great scepticism

  Tina Perinotto | 23 March 2016 | thefifthestate.com.au UPDATED: Malcolm Turnbull has finally caved to his supporters instead of […]

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Tina Perinotto | 23 March 2016 | thefifthestate.com.au

UPDATED: Malcolm Turnbull has finally caved to his supporters instead of the Abbott camp by announcing early today a decisive and dramatic signal move to support climate action. He’s announced not only a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund but a commitment to retain the Clean Energy Finance Corporation AND the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Media today was awash with news of the fund designed to create innovation and jobs with smart grids, alternative energy such as bio fuels and large-scale solar projects. But organisations in the clean energy space are highly sceptical saying money is simply being shifted around, even though it’s great news that the two agencies will be retained.

At face value this is the most-vote winning confidence-boosting thing Turnbull’s done since winning office and making his statement on innovation, essentially declaring Australia was back in the land of the living, instead of the walking dead(under Abbott’s excessively aggressive anti climate policies). It will be a wake-up call to Labor to get back, strongly and not meekly, on the most important and competitive bandwagon going, the fight to save our planet AND create a innovation clean, green and lean economy.

The move finally makes Turnbull a man of his word. He promised innovation when he was elected and he made many more implicit promises in support of climate action and a range of more liberal policies during his steady campaign beforehand. But in the six months that followed his leadership he has roundly disappointed by refusing to make any major new commitments, in line it must be said, with his promises to his colleagues that he would not change the Abbott government’s stance on major issues.

In fact he has stifled innovation by allowing the CSIRO to be slashed and degraded on his watch and stood mute on a range of other issues.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation was understandably positive. It welcomed today’s announcement.

It also said it welcomed the move to retain the CEFC and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Its statement said:

The CEIF will be jointly managed by the CEFC and ARENA, drawing on their complementary experience and expertise. It will provide both debt and equity for clean energy projects.

CEFC chief executive Oliver Yates said: “The creation of the CEIF will help innovative entrepreneurial companies build their commercial strength, so they can make a positive contribution to the Australian economy and our national emissions challenge.

“The CEFC is a flexible policy tool. The CEFC is pleased to be able to assist government in supporting complementary initiatives and policies through investment mandates that are consistent with the CEFC Act.

“Innovation and entrepreneurial business activity is vital across all sectors of the Australian economy, especially in growth sectors such as clean energy, energy efficiency and low emissions solutions.

“Since we were created, the CEFC has supported businesses working with innovative technologies across many areas. This includes our support for Western Australia’s Carnegie Wave Energy, South Australia’s Sundrop Farms, the Northern Territory’s Epuron, Queensland’s Landfill Gas Industries and the Moree Solar Farm in New South Wales, to name a few.

“We look forward to working even more closely with entrepreneurial businesses that are striving to bring innovative low emissions, energy efficiency and clean energy solutions to market through the support of the new Clean Energy Innovation Fund.”

Mr Yates said the CEFC also welcomed the continued relationship with ARENA.

“The CEFC and ARENA have worked closely together since our organisations were created, and many projects have benefited from our respective skills and experience,” Mr Yates said.

“This includes our continued work in the area of large-scale solar, where we are looking to significantly increase the availability and affordability of this renewable energy resource in rural and regional Australia.”

Under the CEFC Act, the Australian government can provide direction to the CEFC through an Investment Mandate regarding the type, rate and risk of investments the CEFC should undertake.

“We understand the government intends to provide a new Mandate addressing the creation of the CEIF and that this direction will enable the CEFC to target higher-risk, more innovative investments,” Mr Yates added.

“The CEIF will focus on companies, businesses and projects at early stages of development that are now seeking growth capital or early stage capital to assist their businesses get to the next stage of their development.”

Kane Thornton, chief executive of the Clean Energy Council, was this morning not totally convinced about the new fund. He told ABC radio the proposal was “really giving with one hand while taking from the other”. (The new fund will be financed by $10 million from ARENA over 10 years.

“This proposal obviously keeps the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and that’s a welcome development.

“But essentially it is removing funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and really I guess constraining it in terms of its ability to provide capital grants to the sector into the future.”

The Australian Solar Council was also not impressed. Not at all.

It said in a media release that the Turnbull government would “strip $1.3 billion in renewable energy budget funding”.

The statement said:

“Malcolm Turnbull’s Clean Energy Investment Fund is like an exquisitely decorated Easter Egg. It looks great on the outside, but inside it’s a rotten egg”.

“The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has $1.3 billion in allocated and unspent funds between 2016-2022.  The government has announced it will replace this with $1 billion in funds between 2016 and 2026, taken from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s existing $10 billion budget.”

That amounts to $1.3 billion in funding stripped from ARENA and $1 billion reallocated from within the CEFC.

“The governments ‘beautiful $1b renewables Easter Egg’ is actually a $1.3 b cut in funding for renewables overall.”

Further the Turnbull government has announced that early stage renewable R&D and commercialisation will now be majority funded by debt and equity.

“By its very nature early stage research is speculative.  Almost no projects will be fundable under this model.  This will rip the guts out of renewables innovation in Australia”.

“The Turnbull Government has  tried unsuccessfully to abolish ARENA and the CEFC. This is a backdoor way to gut ARENA.”

“ARENA has played a critical role in supporting research and development and early stage commercialisation of renewable energy projects through grant funding. Stripping its budget, taking away funding for early stage commercialisation, and directing the money be spent on non-renewables projects, achieves its goal through other means.”

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Case Study – Micro-CHP Showcase Case Study – Micro-CHP Showcase
05/18/2016 | Case Studies, Latest News
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Case Study – Micro-CHP Showcase

Simons Green Energy recently completed a “Technology Demonstration Site” in Frankston, Victoria which compared three different Micro-CHP technologies. Qnergy Yanmar […]

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Case Study – Micro-CHP Showcase

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Simons Green Energy recently completed a “Technology Demonstration Site” in Frankston, Victoria which compared three different Micro-CHP technologies.

Qnergy Yanmar Bluegen
Technology Stirling Engine Lean Burn Reciprocating Engine Fuel Cell
Overall Efficiency 95% 84% 85%
Electrical Output (Efficiency) 15% 29% 60%
Heat Output Efficiency % 80% 55% 25%
Use High hot water requirement, grid-purchase electrical reduction.  Boiler replacement with a payback. Sites with balanced electrical and heat loads. High efficiency onsite electricity generation.  Low-carbon replacement for grid-sourced electricity.

 

Micro combined heat and power or micro-CHP is an extension of the idea of Cogeneration. Micro-CHP can be used in small scale Cogeneration applications, such as residential developments, care facilities, leisure centres, restaurants, supermarkets and hotels or large homes.

Simons Green Energy recently completed a “Technology Demonstration Site” in Frankston, Victoria which compared three different Micro-CHP technologies.

 Yanmar  Yanmar
Yanmar’s internal combustion CHP system uses a lean burn miller cycle reciprocating engine with waste heat recovery to heat hot water. Yanmar engines can burn natural gas or biogas.
 Qnergy  Qnergy
Qnergy can use a range of fuel sources to power a combustion Stirling engine, creating electricity. The waste heat is captured and used to heat the hot water supply. Qnergy has a very long service life and is a low maintenance generator.
 BlueGen  Bluegen
Bluegen is a micro fuel technology CHP unit. As natural gas passes over the fuel cell, a chemical reaction creates electricity and heat at a very high electrical efficiency

 

A COMPARISON OF TECHNOLOGIES

Qnergy Yanmar Bluegen
Technology Stirling Engine Lean Burn Reciprocating Engine Fuel Cell
Country of Origin Israel/USA Japan Australia/Germany
Overall Efficiency 95% 84% 85%
Electrical Output 6.5 5 1.5
Electrical Output (Efficiency) 15% 29% 60%
Heat Output kW 36 9.7 0.6
Heat Output Efficiency % 80% 55% 25%
Use High hot water requirement, grid-purchase electrical reduction.Boiler replacement with a payback Sites with balanced electrical and heat loads. High efficiency onsite electricity generation. Low-carbon replacement for grid-sourced electricity.
Electrical / Heat Split Very high heat generation efficiency, low electrical generation efficiency Middle of both Highest electrical conversion efficiency available, low heat output
Fuel Capability Natural Gas/Propane/Biogas Natural Gas/Propane Natural Gas
Technical Notes Sealed maintenance free generator so very low running costs. Designed for long life >60,000 hours. External combustion engine, so with correct burner configuration and setup, can be run on various gaseous fuels including biogas and landfill gas with impurity tolerance. Proven reciprocating engine technology. Long, 10,000 hour service intervals. Advanced fuel cell technology provides the highest efficiency local electricity generation possible.
Examples of applications Aquatic Centres. Commercial space heating. Industrial or Agricultural biogas applications. Large Households with pools, small hotels and aquatic centres Household

 

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Simons Green Energy also installed a trigeneration system at The Frankston Arts Precinct, which is a landmark theatre and art gallery that welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year.

The 120kW trigeneration system is providing electricity to the building as well as heating and cooling to the building. This system will help reduce Frankston Art Centre’s energy expenditure, and help the City of Frankston move towards its 2025 carbon neutral target.

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