Kenthurst Combined Probus Club

Kenthurst Probus Club meeting on Monday 19th February to hear an address by Linton Bradford on the topic: “Keeping the Lights On”.

Linton outlined the need of Australians for electric power, which is increasing exponentially with rising population numbers and expansion in uses for electricity.

He explained how present needs are met by coal-fired generators, by wind, solar and hydro power, with some assistance from battery and other storage facilities. The long term prospects are questionable, with coal-fired power generation being closed down in anticipation of other sources making up the shortfall.

Kenthurst Probus Club meeting

Not an easy future, with increased running costs and the short term aspects of wind and solar power: His opinion is that pumped hydro, epitomized by the Snowy Mountains scheme in course of construction (and the like) can generate base load power in peak times and store power during the off-peak: he said it could be “our biggest battery”.

Linton’s talk was well received. The Club’s next meeting is the AGM on Monday March 18th at the same venue: there will be no guest speaker that day, with the Club’s Annual Report being considered, and office bearers for 2014/2015 being elected.

Meetings are held in the Kenthurst Uniting Church at 9.30 AM. on the third Monday of the month Visitors are always welcome. Further details from Membership Director Burt Stuut on 9652 1239, or 0424 247 003