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Iron Duchess mine in South Australia could soon be a pumped hydro plant

ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) announced that they will be supporting a feasibility study to assess the potential to turn a mothballed mine in South Australia into a 90MW pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) plant.

On behalf of the Australian Government, the agency is going to commit $500,000 to GFG Alliance to begin the first phase of establishing the technical and commercial feasibility of bringing a disused mine site in the South Middleback Ranges to be a potential PHES power plant.

The $1.7 million project will explore the possibility if the existing mine pit of “Iron Duchess North” could be used as a lower reservoir for a PHES plant, creating an estimated capacity of 90 MW and 390 MWh of storage.

Expected to be completed by late 2018, the first stage of the study will be about the high-level designs, engineering studies, network studies, geotechnical investigation, market modeling and commercial evaluation.

The $170 million Middleback Ranges PHES plant could be built by 2022 if successful.

off grid solar

off grid solar

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the feasibility study was the first stage in assessing possible sites to store South Australia’s growing renewable energy generation.

“South Australia has ideal wind and off grid solar power resources to support large-scale renewable generation, so we will need energy storage options to harness and store this capacity so it is available at all times.

“We are excited to explore the potential of old mining assets being turned into renewable energy storage which can provide dispatchable and reliable power,” he said.

Alongside feasibility studies into other pumped hydro across Australia including Snowy 2.0, Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation projects and EnergyAustralia’s proposed seawater PHES project at Cultana, ARENA is also providing funding to support the Kidston hybrid solar and PHES project in a mine in Queensland.

“We thank ARENA for its support to this important project. This unique pumped hydro storage project is a great opportunity for SIMEC ZEN Energy (part of GFG Alliance) to obtain real-world insights and apply the learnings to offer expert energy contracting solutions to customers seeking secure, affordable and low emission energy to transition through their current energy challenges,” says SIMEC ZEN Energy CEO Geoff Titus

“We look forward to working with Liberty Onesteel in the first instance on the benefits this project will provide, and then establishing partnerships with other large energy users across Australia seeking a new way of contracting energy for their long-term success.”

Titus also said that the project would offer many benefits for the company and residents.

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Affordable Driving instructors & Lessons in Brisbane

Finding good Brisbane driving instructors Brisbane can be challenging, as there are many in the AU. Though there are many driving instructors in Brisbane, not all of them offer high quality driving lessons in Brisbane. Irrespective of their experience level, all of them claim to offer the best lessons. Therefore, it is our responsibility to spend enough time to find the best instructor.

When you are trying to find your driving instructors Brisbane, you must look for certain qualities.

The first factor to take into consideration is the experience of your driving instructor. He should have enough experience as a driver before you can consider him as your driving experience. Secondly, your instructor should have passed all the qualifying exams and have the necessary certification and license to operate as a driving instructors Brisbane. Thirdly, it is not enough to just have the required certification. Your instructor should also have enough experience as a driving instructor besides being an experienced driver. The next important factor should be easily approachable and friendly. Your instructor should be capable of imparting all the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge to their students. They should give priority to their student’s safety and above all, their driving lessons in Brisbane should not be too expensive so that you can afford them.

driving instructors Brisbane

driving instructors Brisbane

If you are wondering whether you will be able to find a reliable instructor with all the above qualities, then you do not have to go too far. Driving instructors in Brisbane are probably the best. They possesses each of the above qualities that you are looking for and more. You will certainly not regret choosing as your driving school.

You should never take your lessons lightly as driving is one of the most essential life-skills. There are many people who even make their living through their driving skills. If you want to attain a high level of expertise in driving, you should have a good foundation and for that, you need to have a good driving instructors Brisbane. Will certainly be the best fit for such needs.  Instructors are very friendly and polite who offer great instruction skills. With their driving lessons, you will never have to worry about your driving test and the theory exam. You will be prepared well for both driving test and the theory exam and the driving lessons will not merely concentrate on passing you’re driving exams. The lessons will make driving second nature.

Instructer has a unique style of instructing their students, which elicits a great interest in their students. They use a well maintained vehicle. As their top priority is your safety, they use only dual control vehicles. Though they use dual control vehicles while they instruct you they doe not intrude unless it is absolutely necessary to intervene. They have flexible timings to suit your specific needs and availability. If you need, you can even opt for crash courses and complete your driving lessons in a much shorter period. Whether it is regular driving lessons or crash course, you will get complete instructions that are required to make you an excellent driver and to help you pass the driving test and the theory exam. Crash courses are just meant to offer intensive driving courses to help you manage your time more easily.

For those who like to brush up their driving skills or to enhance their driving skills also offers pass plus lessons. If you are thinking that with all these qualities, are expensive, then you are wrong. Instructor are very competitively priced so that everyone can afford them.

All instructors have gone through driving instructor training from driving schools in Brisbane. They are part of driving school franchise. This should give you a great backing for the quality and the professionalism. You will not be able to find driving instructors Queensland with such high credentials. Go ahead, book your driving lessons with Instructor, and start enjoying your lessons. Highest standard driving lessons at most affordable prices.

Driving should be a pleasurable experience and that is what we aim to achieve as well as getting you to your goal, from learner driver to NEW DRIVER!

All instructors use dual-control vehicles and our instructor cars are replaced every 3 years with a brand new car, to give learners a smooth, reliable drive. In the unlikely event there are any problems with the car, it will be replaced within 24 hours making sure you don’t miss any tuition or, even worse, your test.

Not only are all instructors DSA approved, they also take a friendly patient approach to teaching you to drive. We believe the more you can relax the more you can learn. And if you enjoy your lessons, you’ll build up your confidence and your driving skills more quickly.

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Reality Gaming

Reality Gaming

With the next-gen gaming consoles tapping into an online gaming market that has existed for many, many years on the PC front, gaming squads are arguably more popular than ever. For most, it’s just about hanging out with some people or being part of the most kick-ass team and getting some big wins under the belt. Whatever way you chop it up, people are in these squads for selfish reasons, matters of the go. Perhaps they want attention, good stats, or want to make a living out of professional gaming. Motives vary all the time.

The nasty trend is this: you see many faceless gaming squads that come and go every day. People leave solid squads where they may be appreciated and truly needed, just to make their own squad and get the ego rush of being able to boss people around. It is on that end that many clans fail: there is too much ego and the clashing becomes inevitable. Note that I use clan and squad separately. It’s all a matter of your principles: clans have ideals that go beyond just competing or owning in any single game. They are bound by friendship, building up a rich legacy and history, and always establishing a principle-based leadership. Many gaming squads lack real principles: it’s all about getting the best stats, dominating other clans, and perhaps employing the latest exploits to keep your competitive advantage significant. To me, a clan, whether new or old, big or small, multi-game or single-game is only as good as it’s leadership. Again, this nasty ego thing comes up. People mistakingly assume that leadership is all about making people fear you and blindly follow anything you demand. The truth of leadership is that it is probably a more about listening than it is talking. It is true that some people need to be micro-managed, motivated, and even commanded but, in most cases, people respond better to positive reinforcement and mutual exchange than they do drill-sarge-style screaming.

By many standards, I can be considered a newb simply because I don’t take gaming very seriously. I have fun with it and I try to make sure my guys do too. Our clan, Supreme Reality Gaming, is meant to be a clan that doesn’t take itself seriously in the sense that we know to have fun and still compete, stay organized, and keep the order. Sure, we get our fair share of eager beavers and know-it-alls but, with time and wisdom, systems and processes become a lot more turn-key and intuitive so things operate smoothly. I wouldn’t say I am one of the best leaders but I’ve learned the worst things to do as a gaming clan leader and some things that seem like “common sense” are really not regarded as such.

Reality Gaming

Reality Gaming

I’d like to share some quick tips on what a clan leader should and should not do if he cares about the longevity and happiness of his clan. First and foremost, do not start a squad for the wrong reasons. This means that you should not make a squad just cause you to want to feel important, be cool, or try to steal players from other clans. Such squads fail in the long run simply because they never really mesh. You have to have goals if you are making a squad. Goals set the pace and tone for your squad and give you a direction to go in.

You need to manage your expectations and those of your clanmates as well. This is huge. If you only plan to get a bunch of people that like hanging out together, matching personalities should be a major focus and skills should definitely be secondary. If you want to do that but also remain competitive, you have to make sure your guys know the unique culture you are building up so no one questions the guy that pretty much sucks but likes to hang around and is probably very active regardless of competitive efforts. Most importantly, if you are trying to form a pro team, you have to be ready to make sacrifices and probably lose some friends, if you are not careful at least.

The trend now is for any major clan to have multiple tiers and squads. I believe this is only a good thing for a leader to do if they can truly identify other leaders in their squad. Many people want to lead but what they really know how to do is manage/boss, which is completely different. The responsibility of being a leader is much greater than what 90% of people that start clans are ready for.

Here’s another big tip for clan leaders: do not be fooled into thinking that just creating a tag, having a website, and being on ladders means you have a real clan or even a squad. Keeping members engaged is all about creating a solid foundation where communication is a major focus. You need to have a clear chain-of-command so that there are not too many chiefs and not enough Indians. You also have to groom your top, most active guys to become leaders. Hopefully, they really internalize what the squad is about but, be ready, most people that join a squad will inevitably leave because of simple reasons: boredom, they don’t know what they want, or their ego is not being stroked enough.

I mentioned positive reinforcement and I will elaborate on this because it leads to some other important tips. As a leader, patience is not an option. You’ll run into different types of people so clashes are inevitable. Once again, managing expectations becomes a huge strategy as you make sure that everyone knows what are the optional traits to possess and what values are considered core in the squad. Establishing these core values will only happen if you build good relationships. Make yourself approachable by never scolding someone for sharing friendly advice and constructive criticism. Practising an open door policy is key, especially if you designate key liaisons and provide them with multiple means for reaching you, in case you are not “online.” Positive reinforcement is not just about giving people patting people on the back when they do well, it is about making people feel like an integral part of the group and helping them identify their strong points. When you focus on the good things people do, you can get them in a comfort zone where they can naturally start to eliminate their bad habits.

On the matter of patience, a clan leader needs to be ready to get bombarded, disappointed by the performance, annoyed with inactivity, and even ridiculed at times. Every clan has black sheep and bad moments so you have to not only be ready for this but expect at any turn. I feel that the worst thing that people do as clan leaders is scream at their guys when they messed up, rather than pointing out what they did well and how they can use that to their advantage next time. I don’t know many people that like to be screamed at and belittled yet this is the style of leadership you’ll often see, sadly. It’s boot camp all over again.. Where’s the fun in that?

Leadership is a tricky thing. Leaders get criticized regardless. It’s a love-hate thing most of the time. Some will adore you, some will deplore you, and some will you out. Being a leader is actually hardly ever glorious and that’s the truth. You need to have a giving attitude and realize that your efforts will not always be reciprocated. This is the price to be paid. I reiterate this: reasonable expectations are critical for yourself and your guys. Everyone needs to be ready to pay the price because a clan is like a squad: it’s not going anywhere without something to fuel it. w3rd.

All metaphors and fluff aside, I can’t stress enough how tough it really is to run a clan. My kudos go out to any team leaders that have squads running for over a year; hell, these days, 3 months is a huge milestone. Let’s not even talk about keeping a vital core. Like I said, leadership is huge in a clan but it’s not about those that have been designated as leaders or given titles, it’s about the collective effort and how many people take ownership, pride, and dedication into everything they do. That stuff about the chain being only as strong as it’s the weakest link is very true.

Leadership is a topic I am very passionate about and I can go on about it forever but the point is that you can never be a perfect leader. It’s an ongoing process. Every day I find myself taking notes from other fellow leaders and re-evaluating my methods. Everyone is bound to lose their cool at some point but there are no true failures until one completely gives up. In the end, if you want to lead a gaming clan you have to make a few simple decisions: do you want to have fun or do you want to compete seriously? Can you do both? Sure but that leads to this important question: are you willing to pay the price? It’s one thing to say you want to do something or have dreams but you need a plan or it was all just talk.

Indeed, gaming has turned into serious business (hence the growing number of professional, sponsored teams, and people that think they’re THAT good) so, if you do not want all the headache, join an existing squad in arcade toronto. A clan should only be established once there is a strong core and if there are a unique enough culture and spirit. When joining a gaming squad, make sure that you are the kind of person they are looking for and that you like what that clan is about: their culture, their goals, their history, their outlook, etc. Even the most casual of gamers should be wary not to make a poor decision and just put on a tag. A tag does not make you a clan member. w3rd. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

2008 UPDATE: There’s a concept some call “magnetic sponsoring” that I think is very relevant to clan leadership. Recruiters become leaders and example-setters in their own regards. It’s important for those people to become the things they want to see in their prospect. In that manner, you can attract the right people. This also applies to people that want to be scouted by the right clans. I’ve seen some of the biggest, most successful clans out there take a gamble on people based almost completely on personality. Why? Skills can be developed but an asshat is quite hard to turn around!

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team building games

Importance Of Team Building Games

Anyone who has worked in the corporate world may have participated in training related to team building activities and games, such workshops include some team building games and some part of the content is presented in the form of lecture. Most of the business owners feel that such activities have a lot of benefits for team building. The employees are an asset to any organisation.

Companies spend a lot of money on selecting their team building program. It is important to spend the funds on out of the box ideas and planning for team building games. There are many companies that offer training arrangement and take care of everything. Avoid experimenting with games and hire the best agency to plan the team building games based on your requirements and objectives. Choosing an outdoor team building activity and games can be a good idea as the employees would feel refreshed. Playing in a different environment would make the staff members feel good.

team building games

team building games

A scavenger hunt is a popular team building game that involves a group of people working together towards a common goal. Each team is givengibe a list of items to be located and the group determines how the duties are assigned. Each person in charge has to find the items and all employees work together but they are given different tasks.

Benefits of team building games

Health has become a major concern in the corporate world these days. Obesity is a common problem nowadays and it gives rise to health issues and concerns like heart disease, stroke, and stress. Team building games can help the employees get stress-free. When the employees stay healthy and happy, one can expect better productivity.

It can be a good idea to plan an outdoor team game such as mini Olympics building activities. Summer activities like soccer, football, track and field, volleyball, and others can also be arranged to be a part of team building activities. Teams compete with each other and it needs a lot of strategic thinking and cooperation. Everyone is friendly and can gel well at work.

A good team building program can create a happy and healthy company. Studies have shown that employees that are happy and comfortable with each other in an organisation result in greater productivity and efficiency of the business. Once you engage the team members in such events, they would be happier and healthier. This would have a positive impact on the success and growth of your business.

Once you have decided to hire the right company for planning team building activities, you can talk to a few industry experts to get an idea about their service offerings. To make the learning more fun, you can ask the professionals to add an element of humour. The participants should be able to build effective relationships with the other team members so that they can work comfortably when they get back to work.

LevelUp Reality is a one stop solution for team building games and activities in toronto. The expert professionals plan the best games to increase your business efficiency.

Make your workplace productive with the right kind of team building games. There are many companies that can plan and arrange effective team building events to make your employees feel comfortable with each other and gel well.

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