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Tesla switches on giant battery in South Australia - CRN Australia

Tesla switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

"South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy," state premier Jay Weatherill said at the official launch at the Hornsdale wind farm, owned by private French firm Neoen.

Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129-megawatt hour battery for South Australia, which expanded in wind power far quicker than the rest of the country, but has suffered a string of blackouts over the past 18 months.

In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state's renewables push have argued that the battery is a "Hollywood solution" in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity.

Supporters, however, say it will help...


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Peter Glazebrook disappearance: SES, SA Police search Onkaparinga National Park for man missing since September ... - NEWS.com.au

A MAJOR air, land and water search is underway at the Onkaparinga National Park in Adelaide’s south for a missing father who police fear may have fallen victim to foul play.

Grave fears are held for Peter Glazebrook, who was last seen in Adelaide’s CBD on September 14.

The SA Police Special Task and Rescue (STAR) Group and SES volunteers launched a large-scale search of the Onkaparinga National Park, on Piggott Range Rd, after receiving a tip-off the 44-year-old was spotted there.

More than 60 people are taking part in the land and water search.

Detective Chief Inspector Charmaine Peters said police were keeping an open mind as to why Mr Glazebrook, who suffered from an acquired brain injury and was “quite vulnerable”, had disappeared.

“We are going through all avenues at this stage,” she said.

“One (is) whether he did actually become quite disoriented or whether he took a wrong path...


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TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

ALARMING shortcomings have been revealed in a report on 16 courses run by TAFE SA, of which 14 have now been axed.

Incredibly, the Australian Skills Quality Authority report found basic failings in some of their most popular courses, including not being taught up-to-date hygiene practices in cookery, and it highlighted a lack of safety issues in motorcycle mechanics.

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course came under attack for not proving students had been exposed to “sufficient practical training” or had the opportunity to put their training into a simulated kitchen environment.

A Motorcycle Mechanical Technology course required students to work on two different motorcycles with brake issues, but the report found not all pupils had access to the appropriate motorbikes.

It meant there was a failing that they could “diagnose and rectify” motorcycle brake faults.

Students...


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Read more: TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

ADELAIDE Brighton has signed two energy supply deals to provide its local operations with “continued certainty” of power at competitive prices.

The gas purchase agreement with Beach Energy starts in the new year while an electricity supply deal with Lake Bonney wind farm operator Infigen is already in place since October.

The direct agreements are part of strenuous efforts by the cement and building products maker, which uses up to six petajoules of gas a year in its kilns, to cut its energy bill.

The group has estimated its energy bill will rise by $8 million for the full year.

Besides the high cost, the publicly listed group suffered a $9 million hit following a 36-hour shutdown due to the statewide blackout in September 2016 and the temporary closure of the Heywood interconnector in July 2016.

Infigen is expected to power the Birkenhead and Angaston cement making plants and its...


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Read more: Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

SA secures more than $75 million in medical funding - The Advertiser

SOUTH Australian scientists have secured almost double their annual funding from Federal Government grants for research into health discoveries, treatments and cures.

Breast cancer research, cardiovascular health, diet and nutrition, and women’s and children’s health are among the project areas funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s latest round of grants. More than $75 million has been awarded to SA scientists so far this year, up from more than $40 million last year. A total of $640 million of grants were announced yesterday for 732 new projects across the nation.

Adelaide University received $23.2 million, Flinders University $21.35m, UniSA $10.7m and SAHMRI $3m.

Adelaide University said its funding would “support breakthrough discoveries” in cancer, diabetes, infection control, traumatic brain injury and women’s and children’s health.

Flinders University...


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Woman in critical condition after stabbing in North Haven - The Advertiser

A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed multiple times at North Haven.

Police arrived at the Himalaya Drv home to find the 56-year-old woman in a pool of blood about 9.40am on Thursday.

The woman, who was in a relationship with the man, was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition to undergo emergency surgery.

Police at a home in North Haven, where a woman was stabbed multiple times on Thursday morning. A man has been charged. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Fisher said a man, 59, was taken into custody outside the home and later charged with attempted murder.

The man was “compliant” and “not aggressive’ when police arrived at the scene.

Chief-Insp Fisher said the weapon could be a knife and did not comment further. He refused to say if the incident was mental-health related.

“There were multiple stab wounds...


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Battlelines drawn over competition under National Energy Guarantee - The Australian Financial Review

The Torrens Island power station contributes to AGL's strong market share in South Australia.

The federal government's National Energy Guarantee proposal has got renewables companies and junior power retailers hot under the collar.

Even if the political obstacles can be overcome, the issue of market concentration looms as a serious threat to their businesses.

As the chief architect of the NEG, Kerry Schott, has spelt out, in a supply system underpinned by contracts between generators and retailers, vigorous competition in each state power market is essential. Only with effective competition within both the retail and generation parts of the industry will the policy achieve its twin goals on reliability and emissions reductions at least cost to consumers.

But there lies the problem, with AGL Energy's strength in both generation and retailing in South Australia cited the stand-out....


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New hope as orange-bellied parrot sighting reported by ranger in old South Australian habitat - ABC Local

Orange-bellied parrot

A sighting of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot has been reported in an area of South Australia where the bird has not been seen for nearly two decades.

The bird thought to be the rare parrot was spotted by a ranger along the coast of Canunda National Park, near Millicent, in South Australia's south-east.

The coordinator of the South Australian Orange-Bellied Parrot (OBP) Recovery Team, Bob Green, is investigating the claim and said it would have exciting implications for researchers and conservationists if legitimate.

"It would confirm that we do have birds moving into South Australia," he said.

"The last orange-bellied parrot known in South Australia was five years ago at Port MacDonnell.

"We need to know if they're still using habitats on this side of...


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TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

ALARMING shortcomings have been revealed in a report on 16 courses run by TAFE SA, of which 14 have now been axed.

Incredibly, the Australian Skills Quality Authority report found basic failings in some of their most popular courses, including not being taught up-to-date hygiene practices in cookery, and it highlighted a lack of safety issues in motorcycle mechanics.

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course came under attack for not proving students had been exposed to “sufficient practical training” or had the opportunity to put their training into a simulated kitchen environment.

A Motorcycle Mechanical Technology course required students to work on two different motorcycles with brake issues, but the report found not all pupils had access to the appropriate motorbikes.

It meant there was a failing that they could “diagnose and rectify” motorcycle brake faults.

Students...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students left unaccredited - The Advertiser

HUNDREDS of TAFE SA students in substandard courses will be forced to undergo new assessments, as Education Minister Susan Close declared the organisation “in crisis” and announced that its chief executive had quit.

Dr Close said she would also ask Governor Hieu Van Le to dismiss TAFE SA board chair Peter Vaughan because she no longer had confidence in him.

Robin Murt has quit as TAFE SA chief executive

Chief executive Robin Murt has resigned and an independent review of the organisation would be announced soon, she said.

“TAFE SA is in crisis, this is very serious for them. There are deep problems but we will fix them,” Dr Close (above right) vowed.

A scathing report released by the Australian Skills Quality Authority on Monday found problems with all 16 of the courses randomly selected for audit. Enrolments have been suspended in 14 of the courses — four of which TAFE SA no...


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Read more: TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students...

Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

ADELAIDE Brighton has signed two energy supply deals to provide its local operations with “continued certainty” of power at competitive prices.

The gas purchase agreement with Beach Energy starts in the new year while an electricity supply deal with Lake Bonney wind farm operator Infigen is already in place since October.

The direct agreements are part of strenuous efforts by the cement and building products maker, which uses up to six petajoules of gas a year in its kilns, to cut its energy bill.

The group has estimated its energy bill will rise by $8 million for the full year.

Besides the high cost, the publicly listed group suffered a $9 million hit following a 36-hour shutdown due to the statewide blackout in September 2016 and the temporary closure of the Heywood interconnector in July 2016.

Infigen is expected to power the Birkenhead and Angaston cement making plants and its...


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Read more: Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

Alarming spike in viral gastro cases affecting SA babies | Adelaide ... - The Advertiser

A DANGEROUS strain of gastro has struck down babies and young children in record numbers in the past 12 months, prompting health authorities to issue a warning.

The cases of potentially deadly rotavirus have more than doubled this year with 1255 reports compared to 447 last year.

Almost 60 per cent of those cases have occurred in children under 10 years old.

SA Health’s chief medical officer Professor Paddy Phillips said it was concerning there was a 180 per cent increase in the last year and reminded people to be mindful of hand hygiene.

“There has also been a 120 per cent increase in cases of rotavirus in infants this year, with 658 cases to date, compared to just 299 reported cases for the whole of 2016,” he said.

“While the virus is easily spread between children, this can be prevented if parents ensure their children practise good hand washing and are vaccinated in line with...


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Read more: Alarming spike in viral gastro cases affecting SA babies | Adelaide ... - The Advertiser

This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia's largest, for a while ... - RenewEconomy

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South Australia has led the world with the integration of wind and solar into the grid, but the element that has been missing is large-scale solar farms – it’s all been made up of wind farms and rooftop solar to date.

That is about to change. The 220MW Bungala solar farm, near Port Augusta, is under construction, and will be followed by other large projects such as Tailem Bend, the Whyalla steel solar farm, and DP Energy’s wind-solar hybrid, amongst others.

Beating them all to completion will likely be a 4.9MW solar project in Peterborough, north of Adelaide and little more than a rainbow’s distance from the Hornsdale wind farm and the Tesla big battery near Jamestown.

Renew Power Group has applied for a generation license for the Peterborough Solar Farm from the state regulator and hopes it will be up and running by March, selling the output on market (merchant) rather than...


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Read more: This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia's largest, for a while ... - RenewEconomy

This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia's largest, for a while ... - RenewEconomy

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conergy_solar

South Australia has led the world with the integration of wind and solar into the grid, but the element that has been missing is large-scale solar farms – it’s all been made up of wind farms and rooftop solar to date.

That is about to change. The 220MW Bungala solar farm, near Port Augusta, is under construction, and will be followed by other large projects such as Tailem Bend, the Whyalla steel solar farm, and DP Energy’s wind-solar hybrid, amongst others.

Beating them all to completion will likely be a 4.9MW solar project in Peterborough, north of Adelaide and little more than a rainbow’s distance from the Hornsdale wind farm and the Tesla big battery near Jamestown.

Renew Power Group has applied for a generation license for the Peterborough Solar Farm from the state regulator and hopes it will be up and running by March, selling the output on market (merchant) rather than...


Read full article on News GN South Australia


Read more: This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia's largest, for a while ... - RenewEconomy

TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

ALARMING shortcomings have been revealed in a report on 16 courses run by TAFE SA, of which 14 have now been axed.

Incredibly, the Australian Skills Quality Authority report found basic failings in some of their most popular courses, including not being taught up-to-date hygiene practices in cookery, and it highlighted a lack of safety issues in motorcycle mechanics.

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course came under attack for not proving students had been exposed to “sufficient practical training” or had the opportunity to put their training into a simulated kitchen environment.

A Motorcycle Mechanical Technology course required students to work on two different motorcycles with brake issues, but the report found not all pupils had access to the appropriate motorbikes.

It meant there was a failing that they could “diagnose and rectify” motorcycle brake faults.

Students...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

ALARMING shortcomings have been revealed in a report on 16 courses run by TAFE SA, of which 14 have now been axed.

Incredibly, the Australian Skills Quality Authority report found basic failings in some of their most popular courses, including not being taught up-to-date hygiene practices in cookery, and it highlighted a lack of safety issues in motorcycle mechanics.

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course came under attack for not proving students had been exposed to “sufficient practical training” or had the opportunity to put their training into a simulated kitchen environment.

A Motorcycle Mechanical Technology course required students to work on two different motorcycles with brake issues, but the report found not all pupils had access to the appropriate motorbikes.

It meant there was a failing that they could “diagnose and rectify” motorcycle brake faults.

Students...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: TAFE SA report: What the Australian Skills Quality Authority found ... - The Advertiser

TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students left unaccredited - The Advertiser

HUNDREDS of TAFE SA students in substandard courses will be forced to undergo new assessments, as Education Minister Susan Close declared the organisation “in crisis” and announced that its chief executive had quit.

Dr Close said she would also ask Governor Hieu Van Le to dismiss TAFE SA board chair Peter Vaughan because she no longer had confidence in him.

Robin Murt has quit as TAFE SA chief executive

Chief executive Robin Murt has resigned and an independent review of the organisation would be announced soon, she said.

“TAFE SA is in crisis, this is very serious for them. There are deep problems but we will fix them,” Dr Close (above right) vowed.

A scathing report released by the Australian Skills Quality Authority on Monday found problems with all 16 of the courses randomly selected for audit. Enrolments have been suspended in 14 of the courses — four of which TAFE SA no...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students...

TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students left unaccredited - The Advertiser

HUNDREDS of TAFE SA students in substandard courses will be forced to undergo new assessments, as Education Minister Susan Close declared the organisation “in crisis” and announced that its chief executive had quit.

Dr Close said she would also ask Governor Hieu Van Le to dismiss TAFE SA board chair Peter Vaughan because she no longer had confidence in him.

Robin Murt has quit as TAFE SA chief executive

Chief executive Robin Murt has resigned and an independent review of the organisation would be announced soon, she said.

“TAFE SA is in crisis, this is very serious for them. There are deep problems but we will fix them,” Dr Close (above right) vowed.

A scathing report released by the Australian Skills Quality Authority on Monday found problems with all 16 of the courses randomly selected for audit. Enrolments have been suspended in 14 of the courses — four of which TAFE SA no...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: TAFE SA boss Robin Murt quits, chairman Peter Vaughan set to be dropped as hundreds of students...

Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

ADELAIDE Brighton has signed two energy supply deals to provide its local operations with “continued certainty” of power at competitive prices.

The gas purchase agreement with Beach Energy starts in the new year while an electricity supply deal with Lake Bonney wind farm operator Infigen is already in place since October.

The direct agreements are part of strenuous efforts by the cement and building products maker, which uses up to six petajoules of gas a year in its kilns, to cut its energy bill.

The group has estimated its energy bill will rise by $8 million for the full year.

Besides the high cost, the publicly listed group suffered a $9 million hit following a 36-hour shutdown due to the statewide blackout in September 2016 and the temporary closure of the Heywood interconnector in July 2016.

Infigen is expected to power the Birkenhead and Angaston cement making plants and its...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

ADELAIDE Brighton has signed two energy supply deals to provide its local operations with “continued certainty” of power at competitive prices.

The gas purchase agreement with Beach Energy starts in the new year while an electricity supply deal with Lake Bonney wind farm operator Infigen is already in place since October.

The direct agreements are part of strenuous efforts by the cement and building products maker, which uses up to six petajoules of gas a year in its kilns, to cut its energy bill.

The group has estimated its energy bill will rise by $8 million for the full year.

Besides the high cost, the publicly listed group suffered a $9 million hit following a 36-hour shutdown due to the statewide blackout in September 2016 and the temporary closure of the Heywood interconnector in July 2016.

Infigen is expected to power the Birkenhead and Angaston cement making plants and its...


Read full article on News GN SA Adelaide


Read more: Adelaide Brighton secures more power for SA operations from Beach Energy, Infigen - The Advertiser

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