What impact will Tesla Powerwall batteries have on the way we consume electricity and the price of lithium?

Reader Bob has sent me articles about the Tesla electric car and the Powerwall and Powerpack storage batteries to be manufactured by Tesla. Alan Moran has written on the Tesla electric car so I thought I would look at lithium batteries state of play and lithium prices, demand etc, whatever I can glean. There are articles boosting the Tesla Powerwall batteries and also articles more realistic. I would have thought that with Tesla and others battery production ramping up there would be a surge in demand for lithium. Yet looking at the price chart for the Nasdaq Lithium ETF – nothing much is happening – the price of LIT has halved since 2010. OK maybe this has nothing to do with lithium. Lets check a couple of lithium miners on the ASX – Orocobre Ltd extracting lithium from brines in Argentina and Galaxy Resources Ltd who mine lithium in Australia.
What can we draw from all this? Is there a boom in production of household scale lithium based batteries in motion? Or is there simply much Green hype? Have any readers ordered and paid for Powerwall batteries?

Senator Mark Butler addresses many empty seats on Environment at Labor Conference

Shows the great concern Labor has for the environment. Around 2pm Saturday I saw on ABC News24 TV Senator Mark Butler addressing the Labor Conference on environment while many seats (75%) in front rows were empty. Has a picture survived online anywhere? I dived for the camera but the scene later was obstructed by a caption. Also heard him saying how the CFMEU were great environmentalists.

Global warming causes too much ice in Hudson Bay in July!!

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation finds thick sea ice in July stops their polar expedition. The CBC is I assume the Canadian = to the Australian ABC – in April they announced – Icebergs, melting ice to be studied by Arctic expedition leaving from St. John’s – now it is – CCGS Amundsen re-routed to Hudson Bay to help with heavy ice Worst ice conditions in 20 years force change of plans to icebreaker research program
Its disgusting – thick ice in July.
And a reminder from the BBC of what happens in the Med when Senator Sea Patrol – is not around.
Mediterranean migrant crisis: Dozens ‘drown off Libya’
Throughout history people not properly prepared for the sea have often come to harm.

Was the automating of Australian lighthouses in the 1990’s a policy stupidity ?

Just thinking back to the de-personning of our lighthouses – what net money was saved? – Wondering how useful it would be to have human surveillance at those site now with all the emphasis on border protection, not to mention preventing smuggling and the odd search and rescue event etc.
There has been a negative effect on temperature data – just look at the Cape Otway 90015 record and see the gaps and data degradation after the introduction of AWS in 1994.
And this a world heritage science observing site from the late 1800’s.

Why does Google tolerate thousands of spammers using or spoofing GoogleMail addresses

In my experience at this blog most of the thousands of spam comments every day quote a GoogleMail address.
I would have thought that with Google’s power they could have shut down or wiped out or minimised these pests in some way. A miniscule sample. Most were posted under gibberish names. Continue reading Why does Google tolerate thousands of spammers using or spoofing GoogleMail addresses

The Royal Astronomical Society – Cycles within the sun predicted to result in a Maunder Minimum like global cooling event around 2030

Prof Valentina Zharkova discusses her recent solar research. Irregular heartbeat of the Sun driven by double dynamo
Fascinating that the RAS promotes this research at a time the dominant climate change research paradigm is bleating on about global warming. Even the Fairfax media picks it up. Sun cycle’s cold facts say mini ice age on way