- Jan 21, 2020 2:31 pm GMT
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Most news items about Australia's current bushfire crisis have focused on the disaster wrought by the fires.But the fires are also having a profound effect on the refashioning of contours of Australia's existing grid. As this article points out, remote locations - those located in the Outback - are now considering hooking up their grid connections with solar panels and batteries. Previously, they were connected to the grid via above ground cables. Underground cabling, the other alternative to protect grids from fires, is expensive.
In cities, however, smoke could prove to be a complicating factor. Base stations are being built underground and plastic cabling, used for communications, is being "cocooned" in fire-retardant insulation. The big winner in this rejig could be Tesla, which already has a significant presence in Australia and was responsible for installation of the world's biggest battery in South Australia.