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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.


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Geeky, but an interesting point. Wikipedia ( seems to think that the tighest EU standard is 230V +/- 6% (so 13.8V either way) which comfortably allows 240V, but you are right about 230V being the requirement. It is of course worth my scoring geek points in return by pointing out that 230V is the Root Mean Square (RMS) voltage which puts the actual peak voltage during an AC cycle up at about 325V.

Pat Galea

Shall I be incredibly geeky, and point out that the UK is technically on 230V, not 240V? ;-)

It changed some time back in the 1990s (I think) to bring the UK into line with the EU. In fact, it was a nominal change in tolerances, rather than a physical change.

Carly Smith

Thanks for using one of my photos! It was taken from inside the car, driving at 110km/h (68 m/h), so I'm lucky it turned out as well as it did.

I didn't realise people from Adelaide were the highest visitor rate to this site - that just means we're the coolest city. :-)
Hello to all Pylon of the Month fans, wherever you are!

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