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w00t! Solar Thermal in Port Augusta

w00t! 5+ years of campaigning and we finally have some great news. Solar Thermal is going to be build in Port Augusta! Key Points 150MW CST (Concentrating Solar Thermal) plant. The South Australian state government is buying the power from it at a maximum of $78 per megawatt hour. It’ll be build close to Port…

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Fixing SA’s power network

There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about a Twitter conversation between Elon Musk and Mike Cannon-Brookes about fixing South Australia’s power issues. Elon says he can fix the issue in 100 days by providing 100+MW of battery storage. Mike Cannon-Brookes says he can find the money and deal with the politics. As a member…

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SA Power outage Blackstart in relatively plain English

On Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 4:16pm South Australia had a state wide power outage, a black start event. I, like most people were still at work and managed to continue working for a couple of hours thanks to laptop batteries and mobile phone internet. Although riding my bike home would have been crazy given the…

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Lets Treat Violence like a Contagious Disease

A number of years ago I watched Gary Slutkin’s TED talk on treating violence like a contagious disease and it has drastically changed the way I think about terrorist attacks, military war, police brutality, world peace and more. If you haven’t watched the presentation already I HIGHLY recommend you do. Actually the rest of the…

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Civilisation Breakdown

I don’t think Civilisation will collapse as everyone keeps being worried it will, it is more likely to either break down or undergo multiple major paradigm changes at once. Henceforth I will try and use the term ‘Civilisation breakdown‘, instead of  ‘Civilisation collapse‘. It gives me more leeway in being able to say “I told…

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Wholistic Thinking Approach… Zoom levels

The aim of this post is to show how your perspective on a problem can alter your approach to solving it. Lets take water as an example. You live in South Australia, the driest state in one of the driest continents in the world where there is constant water shortages. You are having a shower,…

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