Posts Tagged ‘power stations’

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 […]

A history of synchronous condensers in Victoria

In the past decade wind and solar generation has been displacing older coal fired power stations in Australia, with the stability of the electricity grid coming into question. One of the proposed solutions is something called a synchronous condenser – a technology that the State Electricity Commission of Victoria took advantage of fifty years ago. […]

Photos from ten years ago: March 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is March 2010. Build it up Work on the $48.5 million Kororoit Creek Road duplication project in Altona North had just kicked off. Including the replacement of the Werribee line level crossing with a road overbridge. Work on the project was […]

Photos from ten years ago: December 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is December 2008, where I spent the month travelling around Victoria on the hunt for trains to photograph. Roadtrip! I started my journey in the south-west down at Camperdown, where I caught up with this short train made up of just […]