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Micro-grid for Kalbarri in Western Australia!

As exciting as Elon Musk’s bet, and subsequent giant battery may be, there is a hell of a lot more going on in Australia that never gets a mention. Not sexy enough I suppose. Well, I think micro grids, renewables and batteries are very sexy so have a look at this:

This is the proposed plan for a micro grid in Kalibarri, WA. Kalibarri is a rural community which relies on power coming in via the Geraldton Feeder. Just one single source of power. When that power goes down, Kalibarri goes dark. Kind of hard to run homes, not to mention businesses, without power.

But all that will be a thing of the past once the micro grid is up and running. It will include power from the windfarm as well as power contributed by individual homes running solar panels. All that power will charge a 2 MWH [megawatt hour] battery, and the Geraldton Feeder will be there as well. All that equates to power security for a community that has had anything but. On a national level, the Kalibarri micro grid is also an example of what Australia can do in spite of the idiots in Canberra.

You can read the whole story here:

https://westernpower.com.au/about/media/contract-awarded-for-kalbarri-s-renewable-microgrid/

And now a big thank you to Dawn who found out about this development and sent me the URL. Dawn is a Silversmith who loves cheering people up. She would call this a cheeryuppy story and I couldn’t agree more!

Keep smiling, only four more days ’till the weekend. đŸ˜€

Meeks


#Dollshouses and micro-houses

Did you know I used to build dollshouses? I did, and the pic below is proof:

dollshouse 005

 

This dollshouse, and two others, were ostensibly made for the Offspring, but if I’m honest I have to say I made them for myself as well. We were renting for a long time, and I think these small houses soothed the need to create a people-sized house of my own.

If you look at the left hand side of the pic you’ll see a white plate on the wall with a chrome handle sticking out. That is the winder for one of the fire-resistant shutters in my office.

The plate is about  5-6 inches long in the old parlance, so you can see that the dollshouse next to it isn’t all that small. Today, however, I stumbled across some wee houses that truly are tiny. Created by Rosa de Jong, these micro-houses fit inside large test tubes!

I’d show a picture of one of them but a post I read yesterday has put the fear of the Creative Commons in me. I do not want a fine for displaying something that maybe I shouldn’t. Sadly the operative word is ‘maybe’. I thought I knew how copyright worked on the internet but now I’m not so sure. Working out what is and is not ‘free’ to post is bloody hard and I’m going to take the easy way out.

Anyway, copyright aside, if you go to the following site you can read a post which includes legit pictures of the test-tube houses:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/12/vertical-dwellings-rosa-de-jong/

Enjoy. đŸ™‚

Meeks

p.s. My thanks to Marian Allen for introducing me to these lovely little landscapes.

 


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