Archive for 2020

Solar powered bus stops in Melbourne

Did you know many bus stops in Melbourne are solar powered? They have LED lights at roof level. And a battery box beneath the seat. Which is recharged by solar panels on the roof. Quite a nifty design that removes the need for extending mains power to each bus stop.

Insulated fences beside electrified railways

On my travels outside Victoria I’ve noticed something curious whenever I see an electrified railways – insulated fences.

Set K82 arrives into Circular Quay on the City Inner track

A history of gas fired power generation in Victoria

The dinosaurs in the Australian fossil fuel industry have been fighting the rise of renewable solar and wind power, with a recent tactic being the promotion of natural gas as a ‘clean’ fuel for the transition from coal. This is the story of how Victoria has used natural gas for the generation of electricity. In […]

Backup generators and the 1982 New South Wales power crisis

In Australia power generation has become another front in the culture wars, as backers of coal fired power stations fight the growth of renewable solar and wind power, blaming them for any minor power outage. But back in 1980s New South Wales far worse power restrictions were put into place – and failed coal fired […]

Photos from ten years ago: June 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is June 2010. A different skyline The skyline west end of the Melbourne CBD was much emptier. Melbourne Star observation wheel still in pieces. Nothing behind Southern Cross Station. Or Docklands Stadium. Worries of flammable cladding yet to come. The asbestos […]