Remember when Elon Musk gave South Australia a "100 days or your money back" guarantee that he could fix the state's power issues? Well, it turns out that 100 days only started... three days ago. And the battery's already half-built, so Tesla has a definite early lead in its 100-day countdown.
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From 2014 to 2015, copper and copper concentrates exports from South Australia were valued at over $2 billion - making it South Australia's single largest export item in value. Now, The University of Adelaide is set to lead research into advanced technologies for boosting the state's copper production, and develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector in the state.
After revealing its hydrogen energy plan last week, the South Australian government has already signed up a potential manufacturer for its fleet of renewables-powered buses: Navya, a French company that specialises not only in electric vehicles, by autonomous ones too.
South Australia's always been on the front foot when it comes to renewable energy -- even Tesla's given it the thumbs-up. On Friday, the state government revealed its "Hydrogen Roadmap", which "sets out clear pathways to capitalise on South Australia’s competitive advantages" and will "accelerate the State’s transition to a clean, safe and sustainable producer, consumer and exporter of hydrogen".
Port Augusta is about to get a $650 million, 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant - with plans to have it up and running by 2020. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced that the plant could lead to lower power prices, as well as supplying all of the power needed for state government projects.
But what do experts have to say?
Last week South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced he would take Elon Musk up on his offer to power the state, with the world's largest lithium ion battery set to be installed in collaboration with French renewable company Neoen and the State Government.
But will it solve the state's power woes? Australian experts weigh in below.
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.
Premier Jay Weatherill recently announced that that South Australia's Riverland will be host to the world's biggest battery and solar farm - comprised of 3.4 million panels and 1.1 million batteries. The Lyon Group will be developing the project, which partner David Green described as a "330-megawatt solar generation and 100-megawatt battery storage system will be Australia's biggest solar farm". The development is set to create 270 new jobs.
But what do the experts have to say?
"It's a disgrace, the way in which your government has treated our state." South Australia's premier, Jay Weatherill, didn't mince his words when he was standing face to face with the federal government's minister for energy Josh Frydenberg on live TV during a press conference about the state's energy policy.
A meterologist, a climate science professor and the Deputy Director of the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute gave us their insights on the recent "unusual" tropical weather patterns appearing in South Australia, what exactly is causing the continual blackouts, and how renewables can help.
Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.
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.
Following severe weather taking down vital parts of the electricity network, the entire state of South Australia was plunged into darkness this week -- with some areas yet to fully restore power.
Although the cause was seemingly clear, some were quick to blame the state's continued shift towards using renewable energy sources. We spoke to four leading experts about the blackout, and what effect -- if any -- reliance on clean energy had.
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.