Posts Tagged ‘power supply’

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. […]

High voltage power lines to nowhere

On the outer eastern edge of Melbourne there is a curious piece of infrastructure – a high voltage power line to nowhere. So why was it built, and why is it currently sitting idle? Running south-west from Coldstream to Templestowe, via Chirnside Park, Wonga Park and Warrandyte, I was first tipped off to the existence […]

Attack of the mutant electronics – hacking a computer PSU

Today I finally finished making the dummy battery I mentioned a while back. I had finished most of it, and it worked fine, but it wasn’t the proper size compared to a proper battery. It was too big to use more […]