New gas and electric safety standards to protect NSW Consumers


Consumers are set to benefit from improved safety standards in the gas and electrical goods industry when amended regulations commence on 1 September 2018.

The Act will provide multiple benefits, including:

  • Implementing a consistent compliance and enforcement regime for both gas and electricity energy sources;
  • Authorising NSW Fair Trading officers to seize or remove any unsafe gas appliance where an offence has been committed or the appliance is unsafe;
  • Aligning the maximum penalties for offences relating to gas safety with those relating to electricity safety; and, most importantly,
  • Addressing deficiencies in the current gas consumer safety provisions to better provide consumers and the NSW public.

Source: Improved gas and electric safety standards to protect NSW Consumers | Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Quantum batteries could enable instantaneous charging


Dr Quach says that unlike ordinary batteries, which take the same amount of time to charge no matter how many you have, the theory is that quantum batteries would charge faster the more you have of them.

“If one quantum battery takes one hour to charge, then two would take 30 minutes, three would take 20 minutes, and so on. If you had 10,000 batteries, they would all charge in less than a second,” he said.

Read more: http://electronicsonline.net.au/content/power/news/quantum-batteries-could-enable-instantaneous-charging-1389123751#ixzz5OfQsF84u

Source: Quantum batteries could enable instantaneous charging

Best Practice Guide: Battery Storage Equipment – Electrical Safety Requirements (Australia)


“The guide provides minimum electrical safety criteria that could be applied to lithium-based battery energy storage equipment and is the result of extensive collaboration from system manufacturers, certifiers, safety regulators and industry bodies around Australia.”

“The Guide is voluntary for use by anyone in the supply chain of battery storage equipment. It is not referred to in any legislation as a mandatory requirement however, both electrical safety legislation and Australian Consumer Law requires electrical equipment to be safe and fit for purpose.”

Source: http://www.batterysafetyguide.com.au/

IEC 62368-1 Ed 3 FDIS APPROVED


IEC 62368-1 ED3: Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements has now been approved in the voting results as an international standard according to  http://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=103:52:0::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_DOC_ID,FSP_DOC_PIECE_ID:1311,1011222,319501

Twenty six P-Members voted, and 100% of those were in favour, with no negative votes recorded. For those who have TC 108 sign-in credentials, the compilation of comments document can also be downloaded from the above link.

New world record set in quantum computing simulation


Melbourne scientists have simulated the output of a 60-qubit quantum computer, which in general would require up to 18 000 petabytes, or more than a billion laptops, to describe.

The university’s simulation (was asked) to use Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm to find the two prime numbers (of) the semi-prime 961 307…. This enabled the simulation to solve the equation using just 13.8 terabytes of memory (instead of up to 18 000 petabytes).

Source: New world record set in quantum computing simulation

AS/NZS 3000:2018 (wiring rules) released


The 2018 edition of the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) has now been released. You can purchase the new standard on the SAI Global’s website.

Some of the changes from the previous edition include:

  • new requirements for safety switches
  • enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas
  • increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space
  • additional installation requirements for electrical appliances, accessories and equipment
  • enhanced safety requirements for electrical equipment installed in locations exposed to water
  • five new appendices:
    • continuity of supply for active assisted living
    • electrical conduits
    • installation of arc fault detection devices
    • guidance for the installation and location of electrical vehicle charging stations
    • DC circuit protection and switching devices.

Source: https://www.vision6.com.au/v/15149/1802717546/email.html?k=G5D9DMvjsotyBaNckJ2rmuVZTOH0MSr0MturTP8mwE8

Australian Measurement Law Review


Measurement Law Review

The Australian Government is conducting a thematic review of the legislative framework underpinning Australia’s measurement system. The Measurement Law Review aims to identify any aspects of Australia’s measurement framework that can be modernised, streamlined or simplified to better meet the needs of a modern economy. Options for reform are expected to be presented to the Australian Government in 2020.

Source: Measurement Law Review

National Measurement Act 1960

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