Petrol in Blackouts

Australia & New Zealand have had more than their fair share of disasters of late that included extensive disruption to electricity supply. These days petrol bowsers are electrically powered so the question arises as to how people fill up during a persistent disruption? Could the SA State Government or the RAA automobile association survey service stations to compile a list of those that have independent electricity generators (or solar cell/battery systems)  to power some or all of their bowsers?

Does such a list already exist and, if so, is there a web site and/or a GPS-aware mobile phone application available to quickly locate them?

In all likelihood there are  too few with backup power to cope – so these measures would be only a first step in a program to encouraged more of them. A useful corollary might be to survey (and increase) the number of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)  backed traffic lights on major routes.


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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