Solar in the Pilbara

from ClimateSpectator

Following the sun

The US-based SunPower Corp has completed the installation of a 505-kilowatt solar power facility, the largest solar tracking system in the country, at two sites in the Pilbara. The facility at Marble Bar and Nullagine, built on behalf of the local government-owned utility Horizon Power, will power the world’s first high penetration, hybrid solar-diesel power stations. Suntech says the power stations will generate approximately 1,048 megawatt hours of solar energy per year and will produce between 60 and 90 per cent of daily electricity needs. The plant employs flywheel technology developed by PowerCorp that is used to smooth the energy from the solar panels and stabilise power quality between the diesel power station and the solar farm.

So many ways to skin the solar cat… and they all seem to be being released now!

Introducing… Corestar

After 18 years on the net, I can finally say I have a blog. Incredible how the time goes, and how technology changes. Having started with hardcoding HTML, then Dreamweaver templates, then HTML again, then finding PHP (v3 then v4 soon afterward) and starting to do some real code. Then writing my own content management systems, email senders, and plethora of other applications in ColdFusion, PHP4 and PHP5, ASP (Classic) and ASP.NET. All while we have been through the Browser wars, into the start of the Standards push and now finally into HTML5 and the standardisation across almost all the browsers. (can’t wait till IE9!)

We’ve all come a long way… I hope to go a lot further too. HTML5 and CSS3 are looking incredibly useful and Javascript libraries like jquery, prototype and script.aculo.us are just amazing. I am having so much fun learning them. I hope to have some really great sites up soon with some of these neat features.

So, here’s to another 15 years of creative fun and education!