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Articles about solar thermal

From Typical Outback to Futuristic Power Plant

Posted by Peter, on August 16, 2017

In 1959 and1960, Carriewerloo Station, a pastoral lease north-west of Port Augusta, was the location for scenes of the outback in the film The Sundowners. Now, Carriewerloo Station is o be the largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in the world.  Continue reading »

China to Use CSIRO Solar Technology

Posted by Peter, on December 1, 2016

The CSIRO has partnered with the Chinese company, Thermal Focus, which will use the Australians organisation’s solar heliostat technology for concentrating solar thermal electricity generation in China.   Continue reading »

ANU Sets Solar Thermal Efficiency Record

Posted by Peter, on August 23, 2016

A team at the Australian National University has developed a solar thermal dish with a high sunlight to steam conversion ratio which they believe makes it the world’s most efficient solar receiver.  Continue reading »

CSIRO-developed Solar Air Conditioning Installed on Shopping Centre

Posted by Peter, on June 18, 2016

A novel solar thermal air-conditioning system developed by the CSIRO, that uses energy from concentrated heat from the sun to cool large commercial spaces, has been installed at the Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre in Ballarat.  Continue reading »

Alinta Says Port Augusta Solar Thermal “Not Viable”

Posted by Peter, on September 25, 2015

In 2013, Alinta Energy announced that it had abandoned plans to establish a solar-thermal plant in Port Augusta to replace its coal-fired powered stations in Port Augusta with a solar thermal plant. But in January 2014, the company announced that it would go ahead with a feasibility study, partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy […]  Continue reading »

S.A. Car Parts Maker to Supply Solar Products to India

Posted by Peter, on August 11, 2015

Heliostat South Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Global Wind Power Limited to manufacture and develop solar products for use in the development of utility scale solar projects in India. Heliostat SA was formed by the car parts manufacturer Precision Components and employs former auto industry workers and uses machinery previously used […]  Continue reading »

$21.5 million for Solar & Storage Research

Posted by Peter, on September 1, 2014

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has granted funding for 12 solar and energy storage projects from a field of 110 applicants.  Together with ARENA’s investment of $21.5 million, contributions by Australian and international partners, will bring the total investment in the projects to $70 million. The projects include: development an innovative tandem solar cell […]  Continue reading »

CSIRO Makes Solar Thermal Breakthough

Posted by Peter, on June 3, 2014

Researchers at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle have described their success in using solar energy to generate hot and pressurised supercritical steam at the highest temperatures ever achieved outside of fossil sources as a game-changer for the renewable energy industry. The researchers achieved a pressure of 23.5 megapascals and temperatures up to 570 degrees […]  Continue reading »

Solar Thermal with Storage Project Commences

Posted by Peter, on May 21, 2014

Australian solar thermal power company, Vast Solar, has commenced construction of a pilot 1.1 megawatt concentrating solar thermal power plant near Forbes, New South Wales The Jemalong Solar Thermal Station comprises five units, each consisting of a 27 metre tower surrounded by 700 heliostats. It includes three hours thermal storage that will enable the plant to […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Renewables Are Cheaper Than Coal or Gas

Posted by Peter, on March 4, 2014

A study produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that wind energy in Australia is 14% cheaper than new coal and 18% cheaper than new gas. The analysts expect that large-scale solar photovoltaic will be cheaper than coal by 2020 and that solar thermal will be cheaper than coal by 2030. Since 2011, the […]  Continue reading »

Port Augusta Solar Thermal Project Revived

Posted by Peter, on January 15, 2014

Six months ago, we reported that the energy company, Alinta, had abandoned plans to establish a solar-thermal plant in Port Augusta following the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA's) rejection of Alinta's application to fund a feasibility study into establishing the solar-thermal plant. ARENA has now announced that it will contribute $1million to the feasibility study. […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Company Using Steam Engine Technology for Power Storage

Posted by Peter, on November 15, 2013

A group of Australian engineers has formed a company, Terrajule, to develop a novel energy storage solution. The Terrajoule system combines concentrated solar thermal energy, steam engines and an integrated storage system using an insulated pressure vessel. The concentrated solar thermal energy is used to produce steam. Since it is impractical to store steam for […]  Continue reading »

Solar Thermal Project Abandoned

Posted by Peter, on July 24, 2013

The energy company, Alinta, has abandoned plans to establish a solar-thermal plant in Port Augusta following the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's rejection of Alinta's application to fund a feasibility study into establishing the solar-thermal plant. As we reported a year ago, Alinta had been planning to close the 240 megawatt Playford B coal-fired power station […]  Continue reading »

Clean Energy Park to Replace Coal Power Station

Posted by Peter, on February 22, 2013

Ratch Australia is to develop a 50 megawatt "clean erergy park", to replace a 180 megawatt coal-fired power station, which it is currently decommissioning, at Collinsville, south-west of Bowen, in Queenland. The clean energy park will have a combination of solar PV and solar thermal installations with a gas fired booster. The company has been awarded […]  Continue reading »

Brightsource May Target Australia for Solar Thermal

Posted by Peter, on October 25, 2012

U.S. solar thermal developer, BrightSource Energy, and Europe’s second largest power-equipment maker, Alstom, say that they plan to expand their geographical partnership to India and Australia, where solar conditions best suit BrightSource’s tower technology, BrightSource Energy recently anounced that it has reached the halfway mark of construction of the world’s largest solar thermal project – […]  Continue reading »

Renewable Energy Resource Maps Now Online

Posted by Peter, on March 15, 2012

The Directory section of this website now includes maps of Australia’s renewable energy resources overlayed with a map of the electric power grid, making it easy to see where the best areas for renewable energy projects might be. You will find links to the maps in the sidebar of the Directory section or you can […]  Continue reading »

Solar Flagships Round One Winners Announced

Posted by Peter, on June 19, 2011

The Australian Government has announced that a consortium led by BP Solar and the "Solar Dawn" proposal by the French nuclear giant Areva have won Round One funding under the $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program. These projects are expected to be operational by December 2015. The Solar Flagships Program aims to establish 1,000 megawatts of […]  Continue reading »

Liddel Solar Power Array To Be Doubled

Posted by Peter, on December 17, 2010

New South Wales Government-owned Macquarie Generation is to approximately double the size of the solar array alongside its Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley. A new 18,000 square-metre field of mirrors with generating capacity of 9 megawatts – enough to power 1000 homes – will be used to generate steam, acting as a ”solar […]  Continue reading »

Spanish Solar Energy Company Proposes Big Australian Plant

Posted by Peter, on March 18, 2010

The Spanish solar energy company, ACS/Cobra Energy, has confirmed that it is interested in developing a large solar energy plant in Australia. ACS/Cobra Energy operates a number of solar thermal plants in Spain, including the Andasol-1 and Andasol-2 solar thermal plants near Grenada. The Andasol plants, with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts are the […]  Continue reading »

French Nuclear Company Buys Ausra

Posted by Peter, on February 9, 2010

The French nuclear power company, Areva, has acquired the concentrating solar-power plant manufacturer, Ausra, for an undisclosed price. Ausra was founded by Australian, David Mills, who developed the technology when he was head of the Solar Energy Group at the University of Sydney. Dr Mills moved to California to secure funding from venture capitalists including […]  Continue reading »

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