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August 4, 2011
THE Defence Science and Technology
Organisation and Melbourne-based HRL
Technology are working on a concept to
turn a range of solid wastes or rubbish into
They have developed the waste-to-
energy concept using technology capable
of processing up to 5000kg of solid waste
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said a typi-
cal battalion of 500 soldiers generated
between 1000kg and 2000kg of waste a
day on deployment.
"The aim of the waste to energy sys-
tem is to recover the embodied energy of
the rubbish and generate power for the
base, reducing the need for diesel," Mr
One of the biggest fuel usages in a
deployed environment is power genera-
tion for headquarters, field hospitals, and
humanitarian relief sites.
Research by the joint team over two-
and-a-half years found the most effective
way to generate power was to use hot
gases from waste combustion in a grate
furnace, which heated compressed air for
expansion through a turbine.
Mr Snowdon said the system could
potentially generate 200kW of power --
enough to power 240 homes and heat 3000
litres of water an hour while using about
2000kg of rubbish a day.
"This would equate to a fuel saving of
up to 1300 litres of diesel per day," he said.
The technology is relatively small and
deployable and requires little or no water.
The system could also be used at mili-
tary bases between deployments to gener-
ate power and reduce the ADF's green-
house gas emissions by diverting waste
Mr Snowdon said the system would
also be suitable for use in disaster relief
The next stage of development
involves the construction of a prototype
unit to demonstrate the concept and this
should be completed within two years.
PERSONNEL have raised more than $60,000 for
Queensland flood victims by consuming more than
7600 cups of coffee and muffins.
The appeal was initiated by Frontline Defence
Services, which pledged 10 per cent from every item
sold during the appeal from May 30 to June 4.
Donations were also received from Frontline sup-
pliers and members of the public.
The floods have resulted in restoration and recon-
struction costs estimated at more than $5 billion.
Frontline's marketing and public relations manag-
er, Joni Edson, said the money would be given to the
Air Force Welfare Fund and Army Relief Trust Fund
for distribution to flood-affected personnel.
"All items, from breakfasts, burgers, coffee,
Cokes, muffins and groceries to alcohol contributed to
this great result," Ms Edson said.
Robertson Barracks (Darwin) sold the high-
est amount, with a total of $6500 raised from their
"RAAF Base Edinburgh will receive a certificate
of appreciation for their high level of customer sup-
port, which included a daily photo of Air Force and
other base personnel enjoying a coffee at the canteen
and helping their colleagues out," Ms Edson said.
"RAAF Base Townsville hosted the Townsville
Coffee Van at the Wirraway Club and had a great
turn out from both personnel and support staff alike,
while RAAF Base Amberley kicked off the week with
Senior ADF Officer WGCDR Clive Wells having a
coffee in store."
for flood victims
CUP OF KINDNESS: Above, LAC Christopher Hall gets
ready to tuck into a hot coffee at the Have a Coffee and
Help a Mate charity event at RAAF Base Richmond; left,
SGT Michael Barr is all smiles as Frontline baristas Krystal
Richards, centre, and Meg Burger pour him a coffee.
Photos LAC David Said
FORMER ADF personnel will find it
easier to maintain contact with each
other, thanks to the new Defence
Alumni Network (DAN) website.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon, who
launched the site on July 21, said DAN
would provide a great service.
"For the first time, ex-service
members will have access to their
own alumni network, which will
enable them to keep in contact with
mates who have also left the ser-
vices," he said.
The website will enable former
Air Force, Navy and Army members
to share photos and stories, keep
abreast of current Defence events
and find the latest opportunities
The website will also enable
Defence to keep in touch with its
alumni and re-engage with people
who may want to rejoin.
DAN can be can be accessed via the
internet at www.dan.gov.au after
completing a verification process.
Stay in touch, with new website
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