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by Tamara Treichel

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- With the Olympics having just kicked off in Rio, have you ever fantasized about racing against time in an Olympic sprint, pearls of perspiration running down your face, and snatching that coveted gold medal? Probably. How about doing the same while strapped to a wheelchair? Probably not.

At an exhibit "The Paralympics Spirit - From Heidelberg to Beijing" that opened on July 26 in the Olympic Training Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and runs through September, visitors can try out conventional and racing wheelchairs to get a better idea of what it is like to have impaired mobility.

Jointly organized by the Heidelberg Municipal Archives and the Beijing Municipal Archives, the exhibit looks back at Heidelberg's host role in the 1972 Paralympics and Beijing's host role in the 2008 Paralympics with display panels, historical photos and a short film on the Beijing Paralympics.

Next to staff from the Heidelberg and Beijing Municipal Archives and the Chinese Consulate in Frankfurt, some of the contemporary witnesses from the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics were present for the opening ceremony, for example Hennes Luebbering, a wheelchair-bound athlete who proudly wore his medals to the opening.

Besides being a dignified platform for disabled athletes to compete with their peers, across the decades, the Paralympics have raised awareness of the everyday challenges people with disabilities face and even led to some positive changes.

Dr. Peter Blum, the director of the Heidelberg Municipal Archives, said the aim of the exhibit was not only a reflection on the past of the Paralympics, but more importantly a projection of a future vision - namely, the social inclusion of disabled people. He believed archives have a special role to play in this.

He suggested that archives should make their cultural heritage accessible to help achieve a solution to both contemporary and future problems. "One could say that today's archives have a socio-political task, so to say, a task that transcends borders and cultural barriers," Blum said.

CANBERRA Under Armour Mens Shoes Outlet , 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.

On Tuesday, experts applauded the announcement of the ground-breaking facility Under Armour Womens Shoes Outlet , which would also include a battery to store up to eight hours' worth of electricity in case of emergency.

Dr. John Pye, energy expert at the Australian National University (ANU), said it was "very exciting to see large-scale CSP finally coming to Australia."

"This project, like all large projects in the global CSP market Under Armour Shoes Outlet , 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.

"Beyond CSP for electricity, at ANU we think that CSP will one day be the answer to de-carbonizing a wide range of industrial heat applications Under Armour Training Shoes , and maybe even a way for Australia to export higher-value renewably-processed metals, instead of raw materials like ore."

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 Under Armour Basketball Shoes , it also "coheres with climate change imperatives".

"The proposal will help to make the market more competitive and coheres with climate change imperatives," she said in a statement.

"In the current phase of renewable transition however, with steady industry development and stronger government support, the project looks positive."

Meanwhile Under Armour Running Shoes , 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 Under Armour Youth Shoes , 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 Under Armour Boys Shoes ," Weatherill said.

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