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Australian And New Zealand Solar Energy Society (SA Branch)

SOLAR NEWS SA Formerly the ANZSES CHATTER

www.anzses.org December 2005


sa@anzses.org

WELCOME
PRINTING THIS … to this month’s edition of Solar News SA.
NEWSLETTER
NOTE:
PRINTING THIS NEWSLETTER
MEETING DEFERRED
If you want to print this newsletter off, a PDF copy is available from www.35s.com.au/anzses
SOLAR HOUSE DAY
The Great Ethanol Debate
WORLD SOLAR
NOTE:
CHALLENGE 25TH SEPT-
2ND OCT.
MEETING DEFERRED
FOOTPRINTS
We had intended to run a meeting on “Reducing the Load: Energy efficient air conditioning systems in
AUSTRALIAN & NEW
ZEALAND SOLAR ENERGY commercial buildings” on Dec 8th.
SOCIETY SA BRANCH However this meeting has been deferred until early in the new year - we will keep you informed of date and
BRANCH COMMITTEE 2005:
location.
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SOLAR HOUSE DAY
Thanks again to everyone involved. Aussie knack has taken some great photos which will be added to the
Solar House Day web site in due course.
There will also be a meteorological study next year to check whether it ALWAYS rains on Solar House Day.
Perhaps the same rule applies as it does to Anzac Day??

The Great Ethanol Debate


The John Smith Memorial Forum for 2005
John Smith was a strong contributor to the renewable energy debate through his writings, the curriculum
materials he developed and the example he set through the construction of his own energy efficient home,
Kawanda Muna (Kaurna for “North in front ”). He made a substantial contribution to ANZSES, the Australian
Association for Environmental Education and the Nature Education Centre and these organisations joined
the Investigator Science Centre in presenting a debate that John would have relished.

A capacity crowd filled the lecture theatre of the Investigator Science and Technology Centre on 31st
October to hear six speakers discuss issues related to both ethanol and biodiesel. The speakers were: Bob
Gordon, Exec Director, Renewable Fuels Aust; Frank Topham, Govt Affairs Manager, Caltex Aust; Mark
Borlace, Manager, Technical Services, RAA; Greg Rowberry, Manager, Environment Business, Office of
Sustainability; Ashley Sanders, Manager, Certification and Regulation Compliance, Mitsubishi Motors Aust
Ltd and Andy Fischer, Managing Director and Owner, Australian Farmers Fuel.

It seems that ethanol IS safe in modern, fuel-injected cars up to 10% concentrations and that while it does
reduce performance by a few percentage points there is a commitment by both governments and fuel
companies to meet targets for renewables in fuels within the next decades.

WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 25TH SEPT-2ND OCT.

Another successful World Solar Challenge reached Adelaide from Darwin in record time! We probably take
for granted the amount of local publicity generated for Solar through this race.
FOOTPRINTS
As green businesses and those with an interest in sustainability I you may be interested in subscribing an
email newsletter to keep up with sustainability activities in South Australia - particularly those things that the
Government is saying and doing. For more information go to
http://lists.internode.on.net/mailman/listinfo/footprint

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY SA BRANCH


BRANCH COMMITTEE 2005:

President: Chris Selwood


Ph 8322 2990(h) 8463 4690(w) fax 8305 0175
email: selwood.chris@saugov.sa.gov.au

Vice-President: Stewart Martin


School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of SA, Mawson Lakes 5095
Ph 8302 3048 (w) 8261 4630 (h) fax 8302 3389 email: stewart.martin@unisa.edu.au

Secretary: Albert Thompson ph aat@internode.on.net

Treasurer: John Rolls


103 Lansdowne Terrace Vale Park 5081 Ph 8463 6907 (w) 8269 3879 (h) 04 1029 4638 (m) 8463 6900 (f) email:
rolls.john@saugov.sa.gov.au (w) jrolls@picknowl.com.au (h)

Solar News SA Editor: John Held


Ph 8271 4555 (w) 8272 6608(h) Email jfheld@rusyel.com.au

Publicity Officer:
Margaret Dingle ph 8362 7007 email mdingle@chariot.net.au

Solar House Tours Coordinator:


Monica Oliphant 8277 3357 (h) 0404 898277(Mob) email: oliphant@senet.com.au

ANZSES National Committee:


Wasim Saman (National Committee Contact)
Sustainable Energy Centre, School of AME, University of SA, Mawson Lakes 5095 Ph 8302 3008 (w) 8251 4619 (h)
fax 8302 3380 email: wasim.saman@unisa.edu.au

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We are keen to distribute as much information and news as possible in this format. Obviously it’s quickest,
easiest and fastest by email – so if you are getting this by post, and have an email address, please contact
John Held at jfheld@rusyel.com.au . Please send me any news, meetings of interest to members, and other
bits of information!