Repowering Port Augusta

Port Augusta is a town at a crossroads. Two coal-fired power stations have closed, and people are deciding how to replace them, with Australia's first "solar thermal plants" or a "combined cycle fossil gas plant". The Repower Port Augusta Alliance has developed a solid proposal to replace the coal plants with 6 solar thermal plants [...]

By | 12 Aug 2016|Concentrated solar thermal, Publications|Comments Off on Repowering Port Augusta

Crescent Dunes Solar Thermal Power Station: Nevada USA

The Crescent Dunes Solar Thermal power station can generate electricity 24 hours a day, with its solar tower, solar collectors and thermal storage. In February 2016 it successfully generated electricity at its full 110 MW capacity.  Now it is supplying power for Nevada on demand, day or night. Many mirrors all redirect sunlight onto molten [...]

Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power Plant

The Gemasolar CSP Plant in Spain began operation in 2011 and in 2013 set a solar energy record by producing energy 24 hours a day for 36 days straight. The 19.9 MW plant is capable of producing more than 110 GWh per year as well as being able to run for up to 15 hours [...]

By | 28 Jan 2016|BZE Articles, Concentrated solar thermal|Comments Off on Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power Plant

A/Prof Frank Bruno wins Eureka Prize

Associate Professor Frank Bruno is the Leader of the Thermal Energy Storage Group within the Barbara Hardy Institute at The University of Adelaide. Frank and his team are 2015 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for melting salt to store solar power. They have developed this low-cost energy storage system using the phase-change system. Frank's current [...]

By | 28 Sep 2015|BZE Radio, Concentrated solar thermal, Energy Storage, Solar energy storage, Technology Show|Comments Off on A/Prof Frank Bruno wins Eureka Prize

Robert Mierisch CTO Terrajoule Australis

Robert Mierisch has a distinguished career in engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, education, academia and it was during his work at Hydro Tasmania that he was head hunted by Ausra to work with Dr David Mills on pioneering solar thermal power plants when the company moved from NSW to California USA. After the company's sale to [...]

By | 03 Jul 2015|BZE Radio, Concentrated solar thermal, Energy Storage, Solar energy storage, Technology Show|Comments Off on Robert Mierisch CTO Terrajoule Australis

The race to build Australia’s first 24-hour solar power is on

Climate solutions think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions welcomes news that power company Alinta will pursue a solar-thermal “power tower” to replace its ageing coal power stations at Port Augusta in South Australia. Alinta announced today that its preferred option is a 50 megawatt plant that can store enough solar energy (as heat) to run for 15 [...]

By | 03 Jul 2014|Concentrated solar thermal|Comments Off on The race to build Australia’s first 24-hour solar power is on

Solar thermal is coming. But where will it land?

By Stephen Bygrave. Climate Spectator, January 30 2014. With the news that Chile is to join the solar thermal club, Australia could before long become the only inhabited continent without this revolutionary electricity generation technology. Spanish developer Abengoa is set to build a large solar thermal 'power tower' with a capacity of 110 megawatts for the [...]

By | 06 Feb 2014|Concentrated solar thermal, News Articles|Comments Off on Solar thermal is coming. But where will it land?

ARENA, Alinta agree funds for Port Augusta solar thermal study

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, 15 January 2014 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has finally come to an agreement with the privately-owned Alinta to co-fund a feasibility study into a solar thermal power station to augment or replace the existing coal fired generators in the South Australian township of Port Augusta. ARENA announced on Wednesday it [...]

By | 06 Feb 2014|Concentrated solar thermal|Comments Off on ARENA, Alinta agree funds for Port Augusta solar thermal study

Living Green: Power in Renewables

Dr. Jenny Riesz, Newcastle Herald, Sept. 8, 2013 THE Australian Energy Market Operator released a landmark study last month, showing that Australia could reliably supply 100 per cent of its power needs from renewable energy. AEMO is the organisation responsible for "keeping the lights on" for the entire east coast of Australia, so its assessment [...]

By | 07 Oct 2013|Concentrated solar thermal|Comments Off on Living Green: Power in Renewables