Tag: SightGlass News Issue 21

Biosignatures have long played a part in the search for other life in our universe. These signatures are chemical elements or substances, such as methane detected in the atmosphere of a planet, that are naturally produced by living organisms. However, scientists at the Massachusetts-based Centre for Astrophysics and the University of Rochester are collaborating on Continue reading CFCs could reveal life on other planets

Authorities clamp down on illegal import and cylinder usage A refrigeration specialist based in Victoria has been fined $A12,600 for importing HCFCs without the required permissions.  The company, which imports, builds and supplies air-conditioning systems, was also fined for the use of illegal disposable refrigerant cylinders – a storage method that has been banned since Continue reading Victorian company hit with HCFC fine

FROM January 2021, Australia will start a two-year transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7). Changes to hazard classes between GHS 3 and GHS 7 include the addition of Flammable Gas Category 1A and 1B. These replace Flammable Gas Category 1 and allow for distinction between Continue reading Transition to latest GHS 7 chemical ID system starts in 2021

Tide slowly turning on Europe’s illegal refrigerant trade but more action needed A RECENTLY announced review of the European F-gas Regulation could help combat the continent’s ongoing and extensive illegal refrigerant trade.   The Combined Evaluation Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment, published by the European Commission (EC) in June, aims to research, outline and assess the effectiveness Continue reading Europe must act on F-gas enforcement

UK-based bakery chain Greggs has equipped three of its trucks with Thermo King hybrid refrigeration systems. Greggs, which serves more than six million customers a week, is among the first companies in Europe to employ the hybrid Thermo King systems. The nose-mounted T-Series Hybrid and under-mounted UT Hybrid refrigeration units can switch between diesel or Continue reading Greggs hybrid reefers roll out

Transport company Freezex has acquired two new refrigerated MaxiTRANS  trailers – which, among other benefits, are reputedly saving the company money. Freezex, which is based in Sydney, transports over 500 pallets of perishable products around New South Wales on a daily basis. Consequently, reliability and cost-effectiveness is crucial when it comes to its equipment choices. Continue reading Freezex cuts costs with Maxitrans refrigerated trailers

Transport refrigeration specialist Thermo King and transport development experts BPW are collaborating to develop environmentally friendly refrigerated trailer systems. Ultimately, it is hoped that the new collaboration – which was announced in June – will lead to a marketable zero-emission trailer refrigeration system.   Such an innovation would offer significant benefits, including reduced ecological impact Continue reading Thermo King, BPW collaborate on sustainable power solutions for refrigerated trailers

Fresh funding for Aussie lithium battery startup could help create up to 1300 jobs Energy Renaissance, an Australian lithium-ion battery startup, has been awarded a government grant that could help pave the way for development and expansion. The co-funded grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) awarded Energy Renaissance $A246,625, an amount that was Continue reading Federal boost for planned gigafactory

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), as part of its ongoing sustainability developments, has been trialling an all-electric motorcycle. Lieutenant Colonel Brad Gallop, the land combat working group lead from the capability branch of the NZDF, said: “Electric vehicles are an emerging technology that we need to look at and to see how good it Continue reading New Zealand Defence Force tests Ubco 2×2 electric motorbike