South Australia is putting out the call to startup incubators and accelerators to establish themselves in the state to build startups with expertise in space science, training and technology -- and has earmarked $4 million in a space innovation fund over the next four years.
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Tesla is building the world's largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia -- an installation 60 per cent larger than any other large-scale battery energy storage system on the planet.
In partnership with the SA government and French renewables company Neoen, alongside the third stage of the Hornsdale Wind Farm, the PowerPack battery farm will top 100 megawatts of capacity and provide 129 megawatt-hours of energy generation to the region -- load balancing the state's renewable energy generation and allowing emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy production is predicted.
It took "one of the most significant severe thunderstorm outbreaks in recent decades", with seven tornadoes and a storm producing phenomenally damaging wind speeds, to bring down South Australia's power grid and cause a blackout in late September. Although the national electricity market operator and conservative commentators were quick to blame renewable energy, it's now clear that the entire network was at risk -- and the blackout could have been lessened had precautionary steps been taken.
Australia’s energy markets got a big shock in July this year, when wholesale electricity prices spiked in South Australia, alarming the state government and major industrial customers. Commentators rushed to find the immediate culprits. But the real issues lie elsewhere.
As of 1 July UberX, and other app-based ride sharing services, will be able to legally operate in South Australia.
In response to the impact this will have on the taxi industry, an "assistance package" has been put together by the Government, consisting of a $30,000 payment per taxi licence, $50 a week (for a maximum of 11 months) payment for licence lessees, and no new taxi licences to be issued for at least five years.