Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast

The Latest in Battery Technology

Stephanie Moroz, CEO of local battery innovator and manufacturer, Nano-Nouvelle was a guest speaker at The Cleantech Effect, the Sunshine Coast gathering of businesses and supporters of clean and green technology.

Nano-Nouvelle, based on the Sunshine Coast is developing world-leading nanotechnology that can boost lithium ion battery storage capacity by up to 50%.

Stephanie guided the audience through tips for selecting the latest battery options available and compared:

  • Lead Acid batteries
  • Lithium Ion batteries
  • Flow batteries

Firstly, Stephanie advised, when deciding on the type of battery storage, ask ‘What is the purpose?’ Is it for backup power, peak shaving or to maximise self consumption?

Consider the peak usage time of the day, the costs of installation and maintenance, available energy storage and the rate of charge and discharge when comparing battery types.

It can be expensive to go totally off grid so a hybrid model where the batteries are used in conjunction with grid power could be a viable option.

Nano-nouvelle’s innovative work is part of the new generation of high capacity batteries. Nanotechnology is used to create a conductive membrane with complex 3D surfaces overcoming the current limitations of high energy and high power batteries.

Other manufacturers can potentially incorporate Nano-nouvelle’s technology into their current processes to make higher performance batteries with minimal effort.

To save on energy and associated costs, Stephanie reminded us about using motion sensors and to turn off lights when not there, saying that the cheapest energy is “the energy we simply don’t use”.

For more information about nanotechnology, see CISC member Nano Nouvelle.


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Clean Safely and Reduce Waste

Look under your sink or in your laundry cupboard: most likely you will find a cocktail of detergents and cleaning sprays.

Common Toxins

Ammonia, bleach, chlorine and formaldehyde are poisons commonly found in cleaning products. Just putting your hands in detergent while washing the dishes will cause chemicals leaching through your skin and into your blood circulation. Toxic fumes are released by all these products and are inhaled by you and your family. The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that toxic chemicals found in every home are three times more likely to cause cancer that other air borne pollutants.

Back to Basics

Cleaning is designed to remove, rather than kill, micro-organisms. It is the physical removal of organic material or soil from a surface. So physical action and complete surface coverage are important, as is avoiding soiling clean areas in the process of cleaning dirty ones.

What about Vinegar?

Did you know? Using vinegar to clean is still using a chemical compound and isn’t actually helping as it only provides one part of the cleaning process – the acid. For total cleaning system you require an acid and an alkaline.

How Do Microfibres Work?

Microfibre products designed for cleaning, clean on a microscopic scale. According to tests using microfibre materials and water to clean a surface leads to reducing the number of bacteria by 99%, whereas a conventional cleaning material reduces this number only by 33%.

Microfibre cleaning products also absorb fat and grease and their electrostatic properties give them a high dust-attracting power. Microfibre products used for cleaning are generally constructed from fibres of polyester and polyamide. This material can hold up to eight times its weight in water and traps dirt and bacteria until rinsed out. This means with microfibre you clean and disinfect in one step only, saving time.

During the cleaning process, millions of extremely fine special fibres loosen even the most stubborn dirt and grease, which are then bound together by the fibres and water.

How Effective are Microfibres?

Tests conducted in Australian laboratories show microfibres to be as effective as chemical sanitizing systems in the reduction of micro-organisms on contaminated surfaces. Additionally the microfibre products were shown to simplify cleaning as they remove dirt particles at the same time as removing bacteria. Tests also showed there was little ‘carry over’ from the cloths, that is the bacteria and organisms remained trapped in the fibres and were removed easily when rinsed in water.

Using microfibres not only cleans surfaces and picks up dirt and bacteria, they also dry and polish. More importantly they remove the need to purchase expensive, noxious chemicals and have these chemicals go down the drain.

For more information about microfibre products, see CISC member Ha-Ra


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Transitioning to Renewables

The new target for large-scale generation of 33,000 GWh in 2020 will double the amount of large-scale renewable energy being delivered by the scheme compared to current levels. This means that about 23.5 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation in 2020 will be from renewable sources.

In this ABC interview, new Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg said coal will remain important but it’s a declining share of the overall energy mix”

“It’s a very complex picture but we have an optimistic story to tell in Australia. The transition is underway,” he said.

Read more… Major transition to renewable energy

Read more… Renewable energy target scheme


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Really? A Free Eco Consult for My Business?

Want to save money on your power bills, water bills and waste bills?

The Queensland Government funds a free service for businesses and community organisations (schools, sports clubs etc) known as CCIQ ecoBiz.

You can receive a Site Survey (up to 2 hours) and Report on the most efficient ways you can reduce your energy, water and waste volumes and costs.

It is a stark and arresting fact that, since the middle of the 20th century, humankind has consumed more natural resources than in all previous human history

Margaret Beckett, launching the UK Sustainable Development Strategy (March 2005).

Smarter seems the only likely solution and smarter is what cleantech industries are all about. Both on the supply side (solar PV, wind, hydro, solar to battery) and on the demand side (automation, sensors, timers, energy management systems, water saving devices etc) we have to find ways to do more with less.

Most people are happy to reduce their demands on energy, water and waste to landfill and in doing so save money (who doesn’t want to save money) as long as it doesn’t affect their lifestyle.

Humanity will either have to cut back on its demands on natural resources by either going without or by being smarter about how we use natural resources.

Doing the ecoBiz program seems like a smart business move to us!

For more information about the ecoBiz program view the ecoBiz video,
 or visit the CCIQ ecoBiz website.


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Mapping Goes to a Whole New Level

What is Lidar Mapping?

Used in aerial mapping and surveying, LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging.

A laser scanner sensor is mounted in an aircraft and fires millions of laser pulses to the ground. Laser pulses penetrate tree canopies to build a 3D view of vegetation, infrastructure and the ground surface.

The primary output from this technology is the classified, colourised point cloud

Ground features such as trees, can be switched off to reveal the bare earth surface.

The 3D point cloud is highly accurate (within 10cm vertically and horizontally), and can be viewed in 3D at any perspective.

Once the data is processed, various maps can be produced from the LiDAR point cloud including aspect, canopy height, bare ground surface, drainage, contours, erosion, and irrigation. The applications for LiDAR are unlimited.

Agriculture, Water and Forestry

LiDAR Mapping can be used to assess areas subject to flooding and create water flow accumulation maps used to select optimal planting areas.

Used in conjunction with infrared imagery, data can be used to monitor health and productivity of vegetation and track growth by showing the height trees. Multiple surveys over time can determine which trees are growing faster and likely to be more productive.

Natural Resource Management

Regular surveys can monitor and help manage coastal and soil erosion and bathometric LiDAR sensors collect data up to 22metres under water.

Urban Planning, Land Development & Wind/Solar Energy

Aerial LiDAR sensors can map large areas and produce base data for planning new infrastructure developments, drainage, and determine the best locations for wind turbines or solar panels.

3D models of the earth’s surface can be displayed with or without ground vegetation and man-made structures, depending on the application. Vegetation canopy models calculate biomass and land clearing or re-vegetation areas.

Mine mapping

In mining, LiDAR is often used to calculate the volume of stockpiles to measure the amount of material removed from the ground or to be loaded on a ship.

Once an aerial LiDAR survey is completed, it can be repeated regularly to monitor infrastructure development, erosion or changes in vegetation.

Atlass-Aerometrex is a local LiDAR survey company engaged in aerial surveys over Queensland and New South Wales. LiDAR models were used for the smart city development.

Follow this link for a short  video introduction to LiDAR.

To find out more information about aerial surveys, see CISC member Atlass – Aerometrex.


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

List Your Project with ICN

The Industry Capability Network (ICN), helps bring Australian suppliers and project owners together by giving exclusive access to the powerful online database and the extensive network of Business Growth consultants.  The result is more work for Australian businesses.

Government and private project owners list their projects with ICN. Potential suppliers search for work using the project database at the ICN Gateway. Behind the scenes, the ICN consultants actively work with both project owners and suppliers to build the right procurement partnerships.

For more information visit Industry Capability Network


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Want More Business? Get into the Sunshine Coast Business Gateway

The Sunshine Coast Business Gateway connects local businesses to projects and procurement opportunities – and vice versa.

The Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to deliver this platform as another step in ensuring the Sunshine Coast remains a great place to do business.

Sunshine Coast businesses of all sizes are encouraged to create and maintain an online profile in the Business Gateway to ensure they are considered for contracts and kept up-to-date on work opportunities across the region.

For more information and to register: Sunshine Coast Business Gateway


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Remediation of Soil Contamination – Lessons Learned

A site in Kingaroy used as a livestock dip from 1917 and council workshops and truck sheds from 1950 was found to be contaminated with arsenic, chromium and petroleum hydrocarbons.

The 2.6 hectare site in the South Burnett Regional Council area had a number of contaminants of concern and the site was listed on the Environmental Management Register (EMR):
– Arsenic contaminated soil from the former cattle dip
– Chromium from a large stockpile of imported fill
– Petroleum hydrocarbons from the workshop / oil sump, washdown bay, flush pit, underground fuel storage (USTs), bitumen storage / heating areas, truck sheds.

The site presented an opportunity for redevelopment and being surrounded by public parkland, houses and commercial premises, the contamination on site needed to be removed.

The arsenic contaminated soil required treatment and disposal offsite under a Soil Disposal Permit to Underground Storage Tanks (USTs).

The hydrocarbon contaminated soils required onsite bioremediation.

IMEMS, a local environmental services business was engaged to investigate and remedy the soil contamination.

They utilised the in-field arsenic detection equipment, Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (FPXRF) to target arsenic contamination.

Director Paul Anderson said “using in-field contaminant detection equipment such as FPXRF (for arsenic) takes a little longer during excavation works, but it reduces the total amount of contaminated soil required for disposal which in turn cuts emissions and time.

“In-field rapid detection equipment such as FPXRF allows field staff to quickly determine the elemental composition and indicative concentration of heavy metals and arsenic in soil”.

“The advantage is that use of FPXRF in the field can significantly also reduce project costs through lowered sampling and analysis requirements and the associated time delays, contractor equipment stand-down etc”.

For hydrocarbon contaminated soils, there is an opportunity for on site bioremediation when there are minimal inorganic contaminants and high concentrations of biodegradable hydrocarbons. Laboratory trials show that some hydrocarbons can be bio-remediated following addition of nutrients and compost.

There were a number of “lessons learned” in the clean-up of this soil contamination project:
– Ensure initial desktop investigation is thorough.
– Speak to the right people who had historic involvement with the site.
– If possible, require statutory declarations from information suppliers.
– What is thought to be the limits of contamination based on early investigations is not necessarily what you will find when you commence remediation earthworks.
– The weather may disrupt, hamper or derail remediation efforts.
– Manage your neighbours well.
– The timeline and budget for such a contaminated land project has the potential to blow out.
– Stockpile management can be a challenge
– Utilise appropriate machinery and skilled professionals.
– The client, consultant, auditor and contractors can work well together given opportunity.
IMEMS is currently undertaking similar projects at large former heavy industrial sites in North Qld.

For more information about Remediation of Soil Contamination,
see CISC member IMEMS Environmental.


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Inbuilt Insulation in the Walls

The Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) building system combines the strength of steel-reinforced concrete with the insulating properties of expanded polystyrene to creates a strong and energy-efficient structure. All walls are fully insulated automatically.

ICFs are hollow blocks or panels that a construction crew stacks to create the exterior walls of a residential or commercial building. Reinforcing steel is added and the gap between the two layers of foam is then filled with concrete. After the concrete has hardened, the forms stay in place and become the insulation for the walls.

Any conventional interior or exterior wall covering can be accommodated. Standard single story, two story, multi-story, even curved walls can be achieved!

The one system includes structure, insulation, vapour barrier, fire wall and battens. ICF construction is safe and strong. Reinforced concrete provides protection from natural disasters, and is resistant to storms and high winds. It offers increased design flexibility with no joints or weak points. Clear spans of more than 20 feet are easily achieved.

ICF construction provides sound attenuation making outside noise inaudible inside. Buildings situated in areas of high traffic noise, aircraft, train, vehicular and severe weather noises will benefit. From partition walls in senior complexes, to churches, to commercial structures.

It combines expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation with the concrete’s thermal mass to give you 30-50% savings in heating and air conditioning costs. Walls are airtight and have an R-3.5 insulation value.

There are air borne glass fibres to breath as well as no insulation settlement to be concerned about. With ICF, high fluctuations in room temperatures will become a thing of the past and consequently you and your family will experience overall comfort like never before.

There are significant, consistent long-term savings building with ICF. Its easier and cheaper to transport as components allow assembly on site. Because most of an Eco ICF Block home is concrete, it is considered masonry construction, ultimately resulting in lower insurance costs.

Covered EPS does not settle or deteriorate and there is no food value for termites in an ICF construction. Use of wood products in construction is significantly reduced.

ICF structures are built from footing to rafter typically have their floor joists hung by engineered systems so that you have a full height reinforced insulated concrete wall. Savings from heat loss are possible by eliminating drafts that are typically found where conventional floor joists rest on foundation walls.

Walls built with Insulating Concrete Forms have a three-hour plus fire rating. Any interior or exterior finish can be applied including Rockcote.

A house can be constructed in one day with a four-man crew with the three-step process – stack, brace and pour.

Eco ICF Builders specialise in ICF construction and is a 35 year old Australian family owned business.

 For more information about Insulating Concrete Forms, see CISC member Eco ICF Builders. 


Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Cleantech Stocks Significantly Outperform ASX

The Australian CleanTech Index has significantly outperformed the wider market for the full 2015-16 financial year, a new report has shown, capping off a “stellar three years” with returns of nearly 70 per cent for investors that have held the course.

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Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Clean Energy Summit Leads the Way

UPDATE: PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE, SEE BELOW

The Australian Clean Energy Summit is the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia’s energy transformation and was on in Sydney from 27 – 28 July 2016.

The event draws the most senior people from the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry together in one place.

This year’s speakers include Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition and Richard Di Natale, Leader of The Australian Greens.

The Clean Energy Summit included two days of sessions where heads of industry, government and finance shared the models, trends and technology innovations that they’re leveraging to drive renewable energy adoption, and overcome barriers in its deployment.

Read more about the Clean Energy Summit

Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast Inc. (CISC) is a member organisation for businesses established or represented in the greater Sunshine Coast region, with clean technology or sustainability products, services or innovations. Our aim is to support members through promotions, collaborations and professional development opportunities. Learn more.