Australian news, and some related international items

Alice Springs – solar energy centre

These projects will demonstrate large-scale renewable energy technologies, including a variety of cutting edge solar photovoltaic concentrator [pictured] and solar thermal technologies.

CPV in Australia’s Red Centre A town called Alice: How CPV is springing up in Australia. Renewable Energy World, by Brian Elmer July 27, 2010 London — Located in the arid desert region in the heart of Australia, the small town of Alice Springs, with a population of 28,000 is normally best known as the jump off point for one of Australia’s best known natural icons, Uluru…….. Over the last few years though, Alice Springs has been attracting attention for another reason, its development of world-leading expertise in its use of one of the region’s other natural and abundant resources – solar energy.

Indeed, the central Australian region receives more sunlight than any other region in Australia, with over 7 kWh/m2/day of incident radiation, Continue reading

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In USA solar powered electricity now cheaper than nuclear

Having dropped below nuclear power, solar power is now one of the least expensive energy sources in America.

Study: Solar power is cheaper than nuclear | The Energy Collective, July 27, 2010 by OshaDavidson The Holy Grail of the solar industry — reaching grid parity — may no longer be a distant dream. Solar may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power, according to a new study by two researchers at Duke University. Continue reading

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Aboriginal anti-nuclear candidate for Central Australian electorate

She has also worked closely with the Greens to protest against the proposed Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump,

Town camp resident to run for Greens in Lingiari, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) By Amy Marshall Jul 27, 2010 Alice Springs town camp resident and community leader Barbara Shaw is running for The Greens in the Central Australian seat of Lingiari.   Continue reading

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Wind power going ahead in a big way

(USA) San Diego team behind world’s largest wind farm,, By Onell R. Soto , July 26, 2010 A development team based in San Diego is leading an effort to build the world’s largest wind farm in Mojave.The $1.6 billion Alta Wind Energy Center consists of more than 600 wind turbines on desert ridge lines between Lancaster and Bakersfield.The 1,500 megawatt project is estimated to produce enough power for 275,000 homes, said Randy Hoyle, head of wind development for Terra-Gen Power. San Diego team behind world’s largest wind farm –

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Julizan Burnside QC to lead Aboriginals’ legal action against nuclear waste dump

Lane Jangala has instructed Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Surry Partners and Julian Burnside QC, to commence proceedings against the use of the site for disposal of radioactive waste.

NT landowners appoint firm to nuclear waste legal action 27 July 2010 | by The New Lawyer “……The Traditional Owners have instructed law firm Maurice Blackburn and Surry Partners to commence a Federal Court challenge against the Federal Government and the Northern Land Council over the plan to build a nuclear waste dump on their land at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek…… Continue reading

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Review of “Countdown to Zero”

…Nuclear weapons are supposed to be a deterrent. They are supposed to keep us safe. But that’s crap.

Take a Friend to the Movies — Before It’s Too Late, Steven Crandell, 23 July 2010, “………. They are designed to kill civilians in cities, to wipe out families, neighborhoods and communities. Continue reading

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