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Electric vehicles and coal stoves - a tale of two Chinas
In February, I travelled through China and witnessed the beginnings of what may well be an electric vehicle revolution in Shenzhen. Bolstered by generous subsidies, the majority of Shenzhen's taxi and bus fleet is now powered by electricity. On the other side of the country, Changchun's freezing weather and suppressed economy is putting the brakes on the road to a pollution free future for northern China. The question is whether technology and aggressive government policies will usher in a new era of clean skies and cheap rides or a divided China where the rich Southern provinces blaze their own trail.
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EnergyLab Event - Women In CleanTech
Currently there's a striking disparity between the number of males and females working in STEM and those in higher-level leadership positions. A panel of four women came together at EnergyLab to discuss why and what can be done.
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EnergyLab Cleantech Women Hackathon on 23rd March sponsored by EnergyLink and WattWatchers
On 23rd March, EnergyLink is sponsoring the EnergyLab Cleantech Women hackathon, along with WattWatchers. This will be a great opportunity to design solutions to help solve Australia's energy crisis. As well as bragging rights, the hackathon winners will walk away with $500 and mentoring support to take their ideas forward.
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55 Things You Should Know for the AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam
Want to pass the AWS Certified Developer Associate exam? Here are some study tips including 55 questions you should be able to answer before sitting the exam.
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Non-Financial Benefits of Energy Management
We often evangelise about how energy efficiency can save you money, but what if you don't have a large electricity spend or you have so much cash flowing in that a big electricity bill doesn't phase you? What's the point of introducing energy efficiency measures if the savings don't interest you?
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338 Tips for the AWS Certified Sys Ops Admin Associate Exam
Want to pass the AWS Certified Sys Ops Admin Associate exam? Here are some study tips, including 338 questions you should be able to answer before sitting the exam.
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Should We Use Blockchain to Incentivise Energy Efficiency?
The meteoric rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash and other cryptocurrencies this year has placed blockchain well and truly in the hype phase of the Gartner Hype Cycle. Should we jump on the bandwagon and issue our own token for energy efficiency? Whilst "NegaCoin" is an appealing idea, there are several major barriers - the oracle problem, lack of demand/liquidity, the power suck of current blockchain technology and the lack of skilled developers. For now, it's going to sit on our backlog but we'll be watching this space.
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Opportunity Knocks for Mid-Tier Buildings
Mid-tier buildings make up 80% of Australia's commercial building sector and present easy opportunities to improve energy efficiency for the built environment. While these non-premium buildings have often been neglected, addressing the energy efficiency not only reduces costs, but translates into vast benefits such as increased occupancy comfort and attracting/retaining both key tenants and employee talent. Read through to see the challenges, initiatives, options, and rewards by addressing energy efficiency in this sector.
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Should We Stop Adani?
The Queensland state election is on this Saturday and the Adani coal mine is a hot campaign topic. Green groups are advocating strongly to "Stop Adani" but I'm not so sure that's the right message. Hasty solutions from either side won't work. What we need is a long term plan for how to generate secure employment for far north Queenslanders for decades to come. With automation threatening to decimate blue collar jobs, it's time to start thinking about how to retrain and upskill resources sector workers.
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Takeaways From Australian Testing Days 2017
Didn't make it to Australian Testing Days last week? Never fear, I've summarised the most impactful sessions through clumsily drawn sketchnotes (plus some words). In this article, I document the Humpty Dumpty Effect, Test Sketching, creating a bubble of agile in your organisation, risk profiling your app and model-based test automation.
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Transport Priorities in Sydney
While a massive $45B is being funnelled into WestConnex and associated roads, a paltry $60M/year is celebrated for spending on bike infrastructure while enforcing draconian fines. Active infrastructure for walking and biking comes at a low cost with vast benefits to health, local and city economies, jobs, and traffic congestion. It's high time the state government resets its focus on public good to fund projects that deliver good value for money, return urban space to people instead of cars, prioritise human activities, and increase public transport options to expand the currently limited capacity.
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Ten Unconventional Ways to Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Many of the recommendations for improving energy efficiency are quite boring and non radical. Turn down your thermostat, switch off lights when you go home for the day ... yawn! To make energy efficiency more appealing, I have come up with ten unconventional (some might say radical) ways to save power.
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