President’s Report – October 2017

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It’s great to be back after 13 weeks away journeying up and back from Cape York – many thanks to the trip participants for helping us have a wonderful time.

Whilst we’ve been away the Committee has been busy and I thank Steve Pearson and all permanent and temporary Committee members for their efforts.     We welcome new members Bill Gommers (965) and Arif Wirawan (966) and look forward to their participation in Club events.

A reminder to book into the Willunga Caravan park 24- 26 November for our annual Xmas event.

SAPOL – Police have commenced an education program for drivers updating their knowledge when merging into traffic.

THE FUTURE OF FOSSIL FUELLED VEHICLES  : During a recent 972 AM radio program sourced from the BBC it was claimed that up to 50,000 premature deaths in Great Britain annually can be linked to air pollution largely generated from fossil fuel powered vehicles (with diesel vehicles being the highest polluters).
If this is correct I wonder about the negative health effects from the over 1 billion fossil fuelled vehicles worldwide.    China has significant issues with air pollution and is planning to heavily curtail the production of fossil fuelled vehicles.    “Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle early next year and envisions 70% of all its cars available in China will have electric options by 2025”.

70% of World energy is fossil based and we apparently have about 10yrs to avoid another 1 degree in Global Warming where very significant negative effects on World food production will occur.
The radio program used this as an introduction to the necessity for Electric Vehicles ‘EV’s’.   It claimed Norway is leading the way by not charging VAT (GST) on EV’s.    In addition, EV’s also qualified for free city parking and free access to Toll roads and can legally use bus lanes.    Additional taxes are charged on new fossil fuelled vehicles in proportion to their level of emissions.

The average fossil fuel vehicle has a life of 15 years and with EV batteries only lasting 5 to 10 years there is a shortfall with the new technology.    The travel range of EV’s of between 200 to 300 km is also a major issue.   Perhaps the ‘sleeper’ in all of this is where the extra electrical power used by EV’s is sourced from.    When we would look to the ‘base load’ of our electricity system we find coal and gas at its source – with strong political pressure currently being applied to various Australian states to open up new Coal Seam Gas supplies.
In summary, challenges still lie in the need for further technological advances in battery design and the provision of base load electricity supplies, however in the meantime the human toll resulting from toxic air continues to climb.    The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ may well be very close to home.    The world’s largest Lithium Ion battery system output of 100 MegaWatts is being built 200kms north of Adelaide at Jamestown.    This will enable our locally produced wind power (Hornsdale wind farm) to be stored and will also help avoid power outages due to ‘load shedding’, particularly over summer.    As I understand it, the new Battery will also provide ‘frequency stability’ to the Hornsdale wind farm and together they can stabilize other wind farms and keep them online when ‘base load’ supplies from interstate interconnectors are cut.

Des Leach
Ps. It’s the second mouse that gets the Cheese.