Opus International Consultants (New Zealand)
Company•Wellington, New Zealand•
About: Opus International Consultants (New Zealand) is a(n) company organization based out in Wellington, New Zealand. It is known for research contribution in the topic(s): Heat exchanger & Heat recovery ventilation. The organization has 5 authors who have published 4 publication(s) receiving 154 citation(s).
01 Oct 2010-Energy and Buildings
TL;DR: In this article, the authors investigated the thermal performance of an enthalpy/membrane heat exchanger and compared it with a conventional air conditioning cycle using in-house modified HPRate software.
Abstract: The thermal performance of an enthalpy/membrane heat exchanger is experimentally investigated. The heat exchanger utilizes a 60gsm Kraft paper as the heat and moisture transfer surface for HVAC energy recovery. The heat exchanger sensible, latent and total effectiveness have been determined through temperature and moisture content measurements. The annual energy consumption of an air conditioner coupled with an enthalpy/membrane heat exchanger is also studied and compared with a conventional air conditioning cycle using in-house modified HPRate software. The heat exchanger effectiveness are used as thermal performance indicators and incorporated in the modified software. Energy analysis showed that an air conditioning system coupled with a membrane heat exchanger consumes less energy than a conventional air conditioning system in hot and humid climates where the latent load is high. It has been shown that in humid climate a saving of up to 8% in annual energy consumption can be achieved when membrane heat exchanger is used instead of a conventional HVAC system.
James Cook University1, Charles Darwin University2, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center3, Opus International Consultants (New Zealand)4, University of British Columbia5, University of Amsterdam6, Autonomous University of Barcelona7, United Nations Environment Programme8, Bogor Agricultural University9, SOAS, University of London10
01 Nov 2017-Forest Policy and Economics
TL;DR: The Agrarian Change Project (ACP) as mentioned in this paper is a multi-disciplinary research initiative that applies detailed socio-ecological methodologies in multi-functional landscapes, and assess the subsequent implications for conservation, livelihoods and food security.
Abstract: The expansion of agriculture has resulted in large-scale habitat loss, the fragmentation of forests, significant losses in biological diversity and negative impacts on many ecosystem services. In this paper, we highlight the Agrarian Change Project, a multi-disciplinary research initiative, that applies detailed socio-ecological methodologies in multi-functional landscapes, and assess the subsequent implications for conservation, livelihoods and food security. Specifically, the research focuses on land use impacts in locations which exhibit various combinations of agricultural modification/change across a forest transition gradient in six tropical landscapes, in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Bangladesh. These methods include integrated assessments of the perceptions of ecosystem service provision, tree cover loss and gain, relative poverty, diets and agricultural patterns of change. Although numerous surveys on rural livelihoods are undertaken each year, often at great cost, many are hampered by weaknesses in methods and thus may not reflect rural realities. We attempt to highlight how integrating broader socio-ecological methods can be used to fill in those gaps and ensure such realities are indeed captured. Early findings suggest that the transition from a forested landscape to a more agrarian dominated system does not necessarily result in better livelihood outcomes and there may be unintended consequences of forest and tree cover removal. These include the loss of access to grazing land, loss of dietary diversity and the loss of ecosystem services/forest products.
31 Oct 2008
TL;DR: In this article, the authors discuss the high cost of bus bar distribution from 50 Volt-DC systems on lower floors of multi-storied buildings and the installation of NGN equipment often required the retrofitting of new 50 Volt DC bus bars.
Abstract: Telecom New Zealand was faced with supplying increased DC power capacity to the ldquoNetwork Equipmentrdquo floors in multi-storied buildings. Many of these buildings have floor weight restrictions that make it costly to install high Amp Hour capacity batteries on them. There was also the high cost of bus bar distribution from 50 Volt DC systems on lower floors. Additionally the installation of NGN equipment often demanded the retrofitting of new 50 Volt DC ldquoBrdquo feeds into existing buildings where there is limited space in the electrical risers to accommodate new 50 volt DC bus bars.
18 Apr 2011-Proceedings of SPIE
TL;DR: How more reliable and detailed data can assist in managing network and bridge risks is demonstrated and a rationale for application of higher data collection levels for bridges characterized by higher risk and criticality is provided.
Abstract: Bridges are critical to the operation and functionality of the whole road networks. It is therefore essential that specific data is collected regarding bridge asset condition and performance, as this allows proactive management of the assets and associated risks and more accurate short and long term financial planning. This paper proposes and discusses a strategy for collection of data on bridge condition and performance. Recognizing that risk management is the primary driver of asset management, the proposed strategy prioritizes bridges for levels of data collection including core, intermediate and advanced. Individual bridges are seen as parts of wider networks and bridge risk and criticality assessment emphasizes bridge failure or underperformance risk in the network context. The paper demonstrates how more reliable and detailed data can assist in managing network and bridge risks and provides a rationale for application of higher data collection levels for bridges characterized by higher risk and criticality. As the bridge risk and/or criticality increases planned and proactive integration of structural health monitoring (SHM) data into asset management is outlined. An example of bridge prioritization for data collection using several bridges taken from a national highway network is provided using an existing risk and criticality scoring methodology. The paper concludes with a discussion on the role of SHM in data collection for bridge asset management and where SHM can make the largest impacts.
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