Galaxy Resources has placed an order with Swan Energy to install 15 large solar panels and two wind turbines generating a total 214 MWh/y of clean green energy at its lithium operation in Ravensthorpe. The company will be the first mine site in Australia to install the state-of-the-art solar generation tracking technology which will supplement its diesel power generation. Managing Director, Iggy Tan: “Our renewable energy installation will remove about 190 t/y of CO2 emissions from the mine site which is the equivalent of planting 19 ha of forest every year.“The capital cost of the installation has already been factored in to the Mt Cattlin A$79 million construction budget and provides an attractive payback”. The tracking features will improve photovoltaic (PV) conversion efficiency by more than 40% over conventional fixed solar panels.Tan said that effective energy storage is the key to unlocking the potential benefits of renewable energy. Renewable energy generation from wind, solar and wave is by nature, variable and often inconsistent. When coupled with energy storage systems such as large banks of lithium ion batteries, there is a competitive energy source.“Electric vehicles are now moving from a concept to a reality with many car manufacturers planning hybrid or electric models in the coming years. The only reason this is happening is the development of technology associated with lithium batteries,” he said.Galaxy is on track to commission its lithium mine in Ravensthorpe by the third quarter of this year and produce lithium carbonate at its wholly owned Chinese plant by the end of the year.
POLICE IN THE UK say they have received more than 5,000 phone calls and messages from people in the wake of a re-enactment of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the investigation, appeared on BBC1′s Crimewatch programme last night, six weeks after the re-enactment of the 3-year-old’s disappearance was broadcast.Redwood said that a lot of people who were in Praia da Luz in Portugal at the time of the disappearance in May 2007 have contacted police with information.Police made the appeal after they established a number of significant changes to the established timeline of what happened in Portugal, leading to a new line of investigation. The appeal was targeted at the UK, Germany and Holland.“The media appeals produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries with a total of 3,500 calls and messages in the UK, 850 to Germany and 650 to Holland,” Redwood said.“Lots of people have called to say they were in Praia da Luz at the time. All of this information has obviously produced a very large volume of work for the Operation Grange team [the name of the investigation] to work through,” he said.Police in Portugal said last month that they are to reopen the investigation into the disappearance, five years after the original police investigation concluded.Read: Police in Portugal re-open Madeleine McCann case > Read: Police receive more than 300 calls after Madeleine McCann appeal >