Australia

Demonstrators rally for Port Augusta concentrated solar power plant

More than 200 people turned out on the steps of Parliament House on Sunday, with their own makeshift solar panels, urging the State Government to back a solar thermal power plant at Port Augusta. Decked with mirror panels to mimic solar panels, the demonstrators were led by Port Augusta Mayor [...]

2017-04-30T15:02:32+00:00 30-04-2017|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , , |

Concentrated Solar Power to grow crops in the arid Australian desert

Part greenhouse, part solar plant, this farm is harvesting food from the Australian desert. Officially launched in October 2016 at Port Augusta in South Australia after a six-year pilot, it's the first outpost of Sundrop Farms. The company wants to make farming more resilient to climate change by using [...]

Solastor want to create a $700 million concentrated solar power plant in Port Augusta

Australian renewable energy firm Solastor want to create a $700 million solar-thermal power plant in Port Augusta in the near future, and they can do so without government funding. The first-stage 100 Megawatt facility would create 500 jobs during construction, including 250 on site and 30 ongoing jobs. That [...]

Australia’s first large-scale concentrated solar power project

Senator Nick Xenophon expects the deal he struck to pass the federal Coalition’s tax cuts on Friday should guarantee that Australia’s first large-scale solar thermal plant begins construction before the next election. Xenophon got the Coalition government to deliver on its pre-election promise of facilitating solar thermal by agreeing [...]

Coalition commits $110m for Port Augusta concentrated solar power towers

The federal Coalition government has announced that it will provide $110 million in concessional loans to a solar tower and molten salt storage project in Port Augusta, as part of last minute negotiations with the Nick Xenophon Party to pass major tax cuts. The commitment was announced by finance minister [...]

SolarReserve signs MOU for 70 MW concentrated solar power project in NSW

US solar company SolarReserve is showing signs of cracking the Australian solar market – but not (yet) with its preferred technology of concentrating solar and storage. Rather, the company has entered into a partnership with local engineering firm Decmil Group to build a 70MW PV plant in New South [...]

Solar thermal energy to power remote potash mine in Western Australia

A remote West Australian potash miner has set itself an ambitious target to use concentrated solar thermal energy to power 70 per cent of its operation. The Perth-based company, Agrimin Limited, owns a sulphate of potash project on the WA-Northern Territory border at Lake Mackay, approximately 540 kilometres west [...]

2017-03-28T15:10:52+00:00 28-03-2017|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , , , |

How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewables

Despite the criticism levelled at South Australia over its renewable energy ambitions, the state is nevertheless aiming to be carbon neutral by mid-century), which will mean moving to 100% renewable electricity over the next 15-20 years. The biggest challenge will be meeting the 2-3 hours of peak demand during the [...]

2017-02-23T09:00:07+00:00 23-02-2017|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , , |

South Australia energy minister offers hope for Concentrated Solar Power and storage

The threat of three state Liberal parties to unwind the renewable energy targets in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland has elicited an encouraging response from SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis about the attraction of solar thermal energy as a “dispatchable” energy source. The Liberal party in SA, led by [...]

Port Augusta community group wants action on Concentrated Solar Power

Repower Port Augusta is calling on the state and federal government to make a Solar Thermal Power Station in Port Augusta a reality. The call follows around 90,000 Adelaide metropolitan homes and businesses being without power on Wednesday night, February 8. In a February 9 press conference, South Australian [...]

Australia’s first commercial concentrated solar power plant at White Cliffs

As with any experiment, you would expect some surprises but the secrets behind Australia's — if not the world's — first commercial solar power plant are fascinating. Wandering camels and goats kept the grass down while sandwiches were toasted and billies boiled by the sun's rays. In 1979, the [...]

2017-01-16T21:27:05+00:00 13-01-2017|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , |

CSIRO Innovation Fund launched

The Turnbull Government has launched a $200 million CSIRO Innovation Fund which will commercialise early stage innovations from CSIRO, universities and other publicly-funded research bodies. This joint government-private sector fund will help Australia's home grown innovations become successful businesses, and in doing so create jobs and boost Australia's productivity and [...]

2016-12-27T14:56:40+00:00 05-12-2016|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , , |

Port Augusta pushes for Concentrated Solar Power

A campaign to transform Port Augusta’s coal fired power to renewable solar thermal technology is gaining momentum. Lobby group Repower Port Augusta has announced the result of a community vote that received 4000 responses, with 98 per cent in favour of solar thermal power over the alternative option of gas. [...]