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Rise of the Guardians (PG) Saturday 19 January at 7pm • The CSIRO’s solar research tower in Newcastle, NSW, uses solar thermal energy

Sun to shine on pioneering Pilbara power plant By Ben Leahy Australian and US scientists hope to build an innovative solar thermal power station in the North West after the Federal Government last week approved funding for the project. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation scientists have begun designing the power plant in partnership with researchers from multinational corporation General Electric. The Pilbara plant’s innovation is in its ability to take energy from the sun and store it in a natural gas to create a “supercharged” fuel, commonly known as Solargas. Solargas releases 25 per cent more energy when it is burnt in a combined cycle power plant to power gas and steam turbines and generate electricity. Project leader Robbie McNaughton from the CSIRO said the Pilbara was chosen as the location for this pioneering project because it was hungry for energy. “The Pilbara is one of the premier solar locations in the world,” Mr McNaughton said. “And it has also got the added driver of being the only place in Australia at the moment that is really looking to build new power generation.” “However, as an isolated area, it would cost a lot of money [to build the infrastructure] to connect it to the grid in Eastern or South Western Australia.” If proven successful, the technology used in the Pilbara plant could be adopted around the world. GE already operates a number of combined cycle power plants and is interested in harnessing Solargas to

boost their efficiency. Mr McNaughton said Solargas was created in a process similar to using a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun’s rays. In the Pilbara power plant’s case, giant mirrors will capture and concentrate the sun’s rays to a single point to produce very high temperatures. Scientists then use the heat generated to induce a chemical reaction between natural gas and water. “That reaction adsorbs the concentrated solar heat and actually stores the energy in a chemical bond.” This creates the hydrogen-rich Solargas fuel. Mr McNaughton said “the process will allow the Pilbara plant to generate enough electricity to power a town the size of Karratha.” The ability to store the solar energy means that the power station has the potential to maintain a consistent 24hour energy output, rather than one dependent on direct sunlight. The technology and operational lessons developed at the plant could also help further research being undertaken at the CSIRO, such as solar driven liquid fuel production. Mr McNaughton said that instead of refining fuels from fossil fuels dug out of the ground, solar thermal energy could help scientists make fuels from scratch, including synthesised diesel. The emergence of SIZZLING such an industry would suit the Pilbara, which already SUMMER has plenty of sunlight and large-scale infrastructure to exportDEAL! liquid natural gas. Mr McNaughton hopes his project can light the way forward.

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Your “Summer Glamp it Up” Package. Only $255. Your “Glamp(Available it Up”from Package. November to 27th March – low season operations apply). Only $325 (value $525). • Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Eco Tent with ensuite for 2 adults*.

(glamp/ing) (glamp/ing)

pronunciation: /glampin//glampin/ Glamping pronunciation:

(glamp/ing) (mass (mass noun) british noun) informal british informal

An epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. (Family, Animated, Adventure, Run Time 110mins).

Wreck it Ralph (PG) Saturday 2 February at 7pm Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. (Family, Animated, Adventure, Run Time 108mins).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MA15+) Saturday 9 February at 7pm Follow the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. (Action, Adventure, Run Time 150 mins).

Pronounciation: /glampin/ A luxury form (mass noun)•British informal

• A luxury form of camping of camping which

high-class facilities, • A luxurywhich formincludes ofincludes campinghigh-class which • Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Eco Tent with ensuite for 2 adults*. includes high-class facilities, luxury • Freshly cooked hot breakfast in our locally renowned Alfresco Restaurant & Cafe. luxury food &&drink etc. facilities, luxury food food & drink etc. • Freshly cooked breakfast in our locally renowned Alfresco Restaurant & Cafe. • Origin: Blend of glamorous drink etc. • Packed picnic lunch for 2 in your own Karijini insulated quality backpack to take home. • Origin: Blend of glamorous and • Packed picnic lunch for 2 in your own Karijini insulated quality backpack to take home. and camping. • Origin: Blend of glamorous Available 1st November to 27th March – low season operations apply camping. • $50 credit towards your dinner and drinks at the Restaurant in the evening. • $50 credit towards your dinner and drinks at the Restaurant in the evening. and camping. • Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Ecofrom TentSav withBlanc, ensuite forSav, 2 adults* . Cab or Rose. • A bottle of Frog Belly wine - choose Cab Shiraz • A bottle of Frog Belly wine - choose from Sav Blanc, Cab Sav, Shiraz Cab or Rose • Freshly cooked hot breakfast in our locally renowned Alfresco Restaurant & Cafe. • An exclusive Frog Belly sports towel - great for trekking the gorges! • An exclusive Frog Belly sports towel - great for trekking the gorges! Bookings can be made via email to • Packed picnic lunch for 2 in your own Karijini insulated quality backpack to take home. reservations@karijiniecoretreat.com.au • A funky clear Karijini souvenir Ice Wine bag. • Acredit funkytowards clear Karijini souvenir Wine bag. • $50 your dinner and Ice drinks at the Restaurant in the evening. • Extra night available for just $200 including continental breakfast (max. 1 night at this rate) • A bottle of Frog Belly wine - choose from Sav Blanc, Cab Sav, Shiraz Cab or or Rosecall us on (08) 9425 5591

Your Summer “Glamp it Up” Package Only $255

• Extra night available for just $150 including continental breakfast.

• An exclusive Frog Belly sports towel - great for trekking the gorges!One child 12yrs and under stays free including continental breakfastecoretreat (other meals additional). $50 restaurant credit to be spent in one transaction - no change Visit our website www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au given - not redeemable for cash. In the event of the additional inclusions not being available as stated, a replacement item to the same value will be offered. • A Visit funky clear Karijini souvenir Ice Wine bag. our website www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au karijini • Extra night available for just $150 including continental breakfast * Terms & Conditions: Valid to 31st October 2012. Payment in full is required at the time of booking. Package subject to availability. Must be pre-booked.

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* Terms & Conditions: Valid from November 2012 to 27th March 2013 (low season weather and operational conditions apply – please call or see website for low season information) or call us on1st(08) 9425 5591. Package subject to availability. Must be pre-booked. One child 12yrs and under stays free including continental breakfast (other meals additional). $50 restaurant credit to be spent in one transaction - no change given - not redeemable for cash. In the event of the additional inclusions not being available as stated, a replacement item to the same value will be offered.

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