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|CANBERRA Cheap Nike Air Max Shoes , Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Energy experts on Tuesday hailed the South Australian government's decision to build the world's largest solar thermal power plant as a very exciting development for clean energy in Australia.
Late on Monday, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced that construction on a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant would begin in the town of Port Augusta in 2018 at a cost of 650 million Australian dollars (512 million U.S. dollars).
According to the government, the power plant will be the biggest of its kind in the world and would employ the use of mirrors to reflect light and heat to form concentrated solar power (CSP) and provide up to 100 percent of the state government's needs.
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"This project, like all large projects in the global CSP market, are critically important in helping CSP to 'come down the cost curve' and allowing CSP to take up a role in the wide range of technologies that needed for around-the-clock, fossil-free power for Australia anywhere else where the sun shines brightly," Pye said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Professor Samantha Hepburn, director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resource Law (CENRL), said not only will the plant provide South Australia with a more secure electricity grid, it also "coheres with climate change imperatives".
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Meanwhile, Dr. Ariel Liebman from Monash University said the CSP solar thermal power plant would complement Tesla founder Elon Musk's South Australian battery storage project, announced last month.
"The Port Augusta Solar Thermal plant will be a great complement to the range of new technologies now in South Australia and the rest of the nation such as wind, solar PV and electric battery such as the NeoenTesla battery announced last month," Liebman said.
When announcing the plant on Monday night Cheap Air Max Sale , Premier Jay Weatherill declared catastrophic blackouts -- such as those experienced in South Australia over summer -- would be a thing of the past once the solar thermal plant and Tesla's battery storage facility are completed.
"This, in addition to our state-owned gas plant, and the world's largest lithium ion battery, will help to make our energy grid more secure," Weatherill said.
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MEXICO CITY, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Mexico expects to hold constructive talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with its two regional trade partners, with an eye to boosting trade and competitiveness in the region.
Mexico, the United States and Canada will sit down next week to renegotiate NAFTA, which created what used to be the world's largest free-trade area.
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The second gathering will be hosted in Mexico City at the beginning of September.
The first round will see 25 work tables installed to simultaneously tackle different areas of trade. Afterwards, the countries trade ministers will decide which path to take next, Guajardo told reporters.
Kenneth Smith, the head of Mexico's technical negotiating team, said Thursday that the two-decade trade deal still has potential for growth, thanks to the dynamism of the U.S. Cheap Air Max , Canadian and Mexican markets.
"In terms of trade growth, we have very large potential. Obviously we (Mexico) are already the second largest buyer of U.S. products and the United States is the leading destination for our exports," said Smith.
Since taking effect in 1994, NAFTA has made North America one of the world's most profitable regions, representing one-fourth of global gross domestic product (GDP), the American Chamber of Commerce says.
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The Washington-based Wilson Center says Mexicans on average consume some 1,801 dollars' worth of U.S. products a year.
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