300MW Tesla Megapack battery storage site in Australia catches fire – DCD

https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/300mw-tesla-megapack-battery-storage-site-in-australia-catches-fire/

One of the largest battery storage sites in the world has caught fire.

At around 10:15 a.m. local time on Friday, a fire broke out at a 300MW Tesla Megapack site in Australia’s Victoria state…

Plastic recycling: Why are 99.75% of coffee cups not recycled? – BBC News

Comment by tonytran2015: (https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/the-scam-of-recycling-organized-by-local-governments-part-2-recycling-plastics/).

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43739043

…Industry body the Paper Cup Alliance says the specialist plants that do
have the technology already have the capacity to recycle all the cups we
throw away – it’s the infrastructure to transport them there that’s
currently lacking…

China is the real winner of Western climate politics – China News

https://chinanews.net.au/2021/06/24/china-is-the-real-winner-of-western-climate-politics/

The G7 meeting was a genuine success for Scott Morrison and for the West generally. As Boris Johnson says, “the West is back”… The only leader who spoke with any realism on climate change was Morrison himself. Seeking emissions reductions through technology is the only possible path to a useful outcome.

With Its Power Grid On The Verge Of Failure, California Begs Residents To Change Their EV Charging Routines

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/06/22/with-its-power-grid-on-the-verge-of-failure-california-begs-residents-to-change-their-ev-charging-routines/
It appears as though California’s plans to become an environmental and socialist utopia are running face first into reality. The latest dose of reality came this week when the state, facing triple digit temperatures, began to “fret” about…

Beijing Power Players Poised To Pull Plug On Prospects To Go ‘All-Electric’ | PA Pundits – International

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/06/12/beijing-power-players-poised-to-pull-plug-on-prospects-to-go-all-electric/

Feckless far-left fantasies of trading away the 80% of American fossil-fueled energy independence and prosperity for technologies that are 80% dependent on China rare earth materials makes for a gullible green new deal that only Beijing beneficiaries can love.

Included are 17 indispensable metals including lithium, that will be needed to supply those so-called green “technologies to decarbonize industry and power.”

Such 21st Century technologies are used in the manufacture of domestic and strategic military airplanes, computers and smart phones; electricity generation and transmission systems; advanced weapon guidance systems; and yes, those solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries for utility-scale energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs).

Fears proposal to charge households with solar panels to export electricity will kill demand for solar energy – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: This is the principle of “users pay”. Renewable energy has been oversold and has turned into a scam on enormous scale.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-28/aemc-solar-panel-owners-charged-exporting-electricity-grid/100098668

  • For years, solar panel owners have been able to sell their surplus energy back into the electricity grid through feed-in tariffs
  • The AEMC is proposing a new system that would allow electricity networks to charge owners to export their electricity
  • One expert argues the proposal would discourage homeowners from installing solar, rather than encouraging them to invest in battery storage

Rooftop solar produces clean energy but most panels end up in landfill despite being recycable – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: The truth is slowly emerging. Solar energy proponents forgot about the not very long life of solar pannels (https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/solar-electricity-installations-look-like-a-gravy-train/).

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-06/what-happens-to-solar-panels-after-their-useful-life-is-over/100193244

…The lifespan of a solar panel can be anywhere from 10 to 25 years, so that means the number of panels nearing the end of their lives is about to grow exponentially…

Coal Fired Power Dying – Not So Fast – Part One – Introduction | PA Pundits – International

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/coal-fired-power-dying-not-so-fast-part-one-introduction/

By Anton Lang ~

How often have we heard that coal fired power is going extinct, becoming obsolete, a dying enterprise, a stranded asset?

Is that really true?

Well, no it isn’t true at all, and it’s more complex than just saying that.

We all know now that China, and to a lesser extent, India, are still moving ahead with coal fired power, and not just on a small scale, but on a huge scale. Now, China are also implementing, as part of their ‘Belt and Road’ Plan, the advancement of coal fired power in other Countries, nearly all of them Countries classified as still developing by the U.N. and what are sometimes euphemistically referred to as ‘Third World Countries’.

I have been writing about electrical power generation in all its forms now for more than thirteen years. One of the first things I found when I started was that China was constructing new coal fired power plants in huge numbers, opening up a new coal fired power plant every seven to ten days across that vast Country that is China. In those last 13 years, that construction rate has barely changed. Foremost among those plants in China that were being commissioned and delivering power to the Chinese grid were the new technology UltraSuperCritical (and from now on, I will refer to these by their acronym USC) and in recent years these new tech plants are being referred to by a newer acronym, HELE. (High Efficiency Low Emissions) One of these USC coal fired plants in China is shown in the image below, and this should forevel dispel the idea that coal fired plants are dirty. For perspective on the size of this Unit, note the men in the image. This is the Turbine Hall at the Waigaoqiao No. 3 plant, and as you can see, there is a second Unit in the background. Each Unit has a 1000MW generator. (As with all images on this Post, each image can be seen on a larger scale if you click on the image, and it then opens on a new tab and at the larger size)

The “D’oh” Moment In Micro-Chips

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/05/06/the-doh-moment-in-micro-chips/

Authored by Bill Blain via MorningPorridge.com, “Kids, you tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is, never try..” Forget fears of rising interest rates – the big threat is how the global economy will cope with supply chain bottlenecks and the coming commodities supercycle. These will create all kinds […]