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February 2011

Pylon of the Month - February 2011


This month's sees Pylon of the Month in the southern hemisphere for the first time.  A fan of the website from Australia sent this picture with the following information:

"Here are a few snaps from a recent road trip from Adelaide, South Australia to Melbourne, Victoria."

I use Google Analytics to see where my blog traffic is coming from and having just checked it, I can see that out of 32,781 visits since I started in June 2008 only 42 are from Australia.  If you really want to dig into the detail, 30 are from Adelaide, 8 from Sydney, 2 from Brisbane and 1 each from Perth and Melbourne.  The average time on the blog is just over a minute from Adelaide, but the lightweights from Brisbane can only hack it for an average of 27 seconds.  I'll be watching over the next few weeks to see if this changes.

Like the UK, Australia has 240V 50Hz electricity, and here are a few electricity factoids for Australia (from the World Nuclear Association website, so perhaps not entirely independent).

  • Australia is heavily dependent on coal for electricity, more so than any other developed country except Denmark and Greece. Three quarters is derived from coal. 
  • Natural gas is increasingly used for electricity, especially in SA and WA. 
  • Australia has 27,640 km of transmission lines and cable (220 kV and above - 10,300 km 330 kV and above), mostly state-owned and operated, transporting 209 TWh* of electricity per year (2008-09).  There is no connection between the east of SA and WA.

*TWh is Terawatt hours where Tera means 1 x 1012 or a thousand billion.