Coal free Collie – Let’s do it properly. #100daysofblogging #day13

Solar ThermalThe town of Collie is not something I really think of when intending to visit WA’s south west.

But that needs to change if the slated ‘SuperTown’ is to survive life after coal.

Even us Perth based locals who travel the South West often, rarely find our way to Collie. It’s a town that’s not ‘on the road to’ anywhere. As a teenager I heard stories of Collies “Friday night fight nights” and never really had a desire to visit since.

To me, Colle predominantly know as the seat of the electricity gods. All our electronic devices are belong to Collie. But the Coal will only last so long.

It’s already caused the State Government trouble, and if they decide the coal should stay in WA and only be used to fire local power plants, it may last 50 or more years. If they don’t, which wouldn’t come as a surprise, the coal will be bound for export and likely depleted within 15-20 years.

That’s not a lot of time to convert a 2 billion dollar+ economy and provide for an expected 15,000 population. But it can be done.

Continue reading Coal free Collie – Let’s do it properly. #100daysofblogging #day13

Patent Ending – Tesla opens up patents to competitors. #100daysofblogging #Day12

Tesla RoadsterYesterday one of the worlds leading technological innovators, Tesla Motors, announced it would open up free access to all of it’s technology patents.

I’ve never really been a fan of the patent-enforcement industry.

To me the idea of preventing a technological breakthrough from being used widely in society is counter-productive. The purpose of scientific discovery is not to line the pockets of investors, but to advance the efficiency and improve the lives of the whole human race, and indeed the lives of other animals too. So this is a smart move, in my opinion.

When a company as big as Tesla says the current patent system is not working, and genuinely does something to get around it, that sets a precedent. Continue reading Patent Ending – Tesla opens up patents to competitors. #100daysofblogging #Day12