The way we get power to our homes is changing, especially in regional WA. We’re looking at all sorts of new ways to make things better and safer for the whole community. This means less time without power and more time to do the fun things your family likes to do.
Print out (or import into a digital drawing App) colour in and add your own drawings to these designs featuring some of these new energy solutions.
The designs illustrate examples of three innovative ways we are powering the lives of West Australians.
- Ask children to identify what is making or generating the electricity in the pictures.
- Tell them how electricity travels through wires, sometimes these wires are underground and sometimes they are above ground – ask the children to think about where these wires would be in the pictures (what is connected to what.)
- Talk to the children about how a battery can store electricity and how the development of batteries allows for little independent networks. Ask the children to work out where the battery in the picture is (it does not look like a battery as they will be familiar with.) There is a battery in the Microgrid and Standalone Power System.
- Microgrids are a collection of small electricity generation sources such as solar panels on homes feeding unused electricity into a large battery which stores it until it is needed for example, when everyone gets home after schools and work or during a storm when there are faults in the main grid
- Stand-alone power systems, or SPS, are being used on remote properties like farms that are often a long way from the nearest town. Instead of running power lines long distances to the farms - these standalone systems can generate, store and supply all the electricity the farm needs on site – keeping the power on and the farms busy.