See the ACMA’s announcement at
Clean Energy Council home battery assurance program – Electrical connection
A new Battery Assurance Program developed by the Clean Energy Council provides consumers with independent information on the safety of home battery products…
The new program confirms which home battery products have been tested against the industry’s best practice guidelines… Products that qualify for the Battery Assurance Program … have been independently tested to confirm they are up to the necessary electrical safety and quality standards.
Source: Clean Energy Council launches home battery program – Electrical connection
ELECTRICITY NOT AS DANGEROUS AS SOME BELIEVE
(Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald, March 20th, 1890, about the electrification of Sydney’s street-lighting, replacing gas, and the electrification of the steam-tram network. Post borrowed from the Old Sydney Album in Facebook)..
IF ORDINARY PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN THERE IS INFINITELY LESS DANGER IN THE USE OF ELECTRICITY THAN IN THAT OF GAS.
During the past decade (1880-90) there were in the whole of Europe only 13 deaths occasioned by electricity.
The city of Sydney,with a population of less than the 1000th part of that of Europe, can furnish a much heavier record of mortality against gas, and yet people have long ago ceased to complain of the danger attaching to the use of the latter agent.
There are far more deaths attributable to the careless use of “Rough On Rats” and many other household poisons, than to electricity.
No less than 300 persons were injured and 135 killed by the explosion of a cartridge factory at Antwerp last September, and 13 women were killed by the collapse of a carpet factory at Glasgow last November, whilst nearer home, and still more recently, about 150 lost their lives in the ill-fated SS QUETTA – still no one suggests dispensing with cartridge and carpet factories and mail steamers.
Every week has something to record in the way of boiler explosions, killing in the majority of cases over a dozen persons; gas explosions are items of every-day occurrence, yet the cranks who become furious at the bare mention of an electrical accident hardly think such mishaps worthy of mention.
During the year ending December 31, 1888, out of a total of 1258 deaths by accident in New York, electricity gave only 6, versus illuminating gas 32, kerosene 17, and drowning 173 – this alone should suffice to show that electricity is, relatively speaking, safe, and the testimony may be considered of especial value, coming from New York, where nearly every street, shop, and store of importance, and a very large number of public buildings and private dwellings, are lit by electricity, whilst a large number also of factories and workshops and tramway systems are supplied with power by the same agent”.
Wilfred J. Spruson
(photo from City of Sydney Archives shows electric tram, electric arc-lamp and telephone wires in Redfern St Redfern, c.1909.)
Electrical safety compliance | WorkSafe New Zealand
All suppliers and manufacturers of electrical products in New Zealand have to ensure those products are safe. This includes meeting essential standards, showing regulatory compliance marks, and conforming to other regulations.
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.”
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.
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
Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display
“The new integrated system combines a flexible, deformable display with a lightweight sensor composed of a breathable nanomesh electrode and wireless communication module. Medical data measured by the sensor, such as an electrocardiogram, can either be sent wirelessly to a smartphone for viewing or to the cloud for storage. In the latest research, the display showed a moving electrocardiogram waveform that was stored in memory … The display is stretchable by as much as 45 percent”
Source: Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display
Extended call for papers: IEEE 2018 TENSYMP: “The Impact of the Internet of Things”
IEEE 2018 TENSYMP
July 4th-6th, 2018
Hosted by IEEE Region 10 & the IEEE NSW Section
“The Impact of the Internet of Things”
Due to many requests the closing date for paper submission has been extended further to 16 April 2018 (final deadline).
The aim of Tensymp is to bring engineers and scientists together to discuss and share advances in electronics, communications, computer technology, and power engineering. Papers are being sought on the following topics relating to, but not limited to, IoT:
- Power Engineering
- Healthcare and Biomedical Engineering
- Artificial Intelligence
- Internet of Things
- Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation
- Industry Presentations
- Social Implications of Technology
Submissions may be made as an extended abstract (up to 2 pages), or as full paper (maximum of 6 pages). Authors intending to submit a poster, shall submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages) for review.
Industry presentations are also invited, these may be power point only presentations. Authors may also submit full papers. They should cover topics of interest to practitioners, thus they need not cover latest research. Industry presentations should be either 30 or 60 minutes in length as more detailed coverage is expected compared to the short oral research presentations. Please submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages) for review
All accepted presentations will be published in the conference proceedings that will be submitted to IEEE Explore and for indexing.
Please visit the following website for more details:
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
“Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) represents the collective input of several hundred participants from six continents who are thought leaders from academia, industry, civil society, policy and government. The goal of Ethically Aligned Design is to advance a public discussion about how we can establish ethical and social implementations for intelligent and autonomous systems and technologies, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritize human well-being in a given cultural context.”
Request for public input (by 12 March 2018) : “Public comments are invited on the second version of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) that encourages technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation of such systems.”
HP Notebook and Mobile Workstation Battery Safety Recall (worldwide)
“In January 2018, in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, HP announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries. These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers. For this reason, it is extremely important to check whether your battery is affected.”
“HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500, with one report of a minor injury involving a first-degree burn to the hand,” CSPC said in a statement
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