Australia

Aurora project may still include concentrated solar power as 1414 signs with Vast Solar

The once languishing Aurora Solar Energy Project has taken another important step forward this week after developer 1414 Degrees announced it may add modular concentrated solar power to the project’s current proposed mix of solar PV, battery storage and 1414’s proprietary thermal storage. Aurora was supposed to be the location [...]

Australian mining town picked for first large Concentrated Solar Power plant

Vast Solar in talks to build Concentrated Solar Power plant in Queensland. Vast Solar is in talks to build a 50 MW hybrid Concentrated Solar Power -PV-gas plant in the off-grid Mount Isa mining town in Queensland, Australia, local media reported. The A$600 million ($420.0 million) plant would combine Concentrating [...]

SolarPACES Award Winner Vast Solar Plans a 50MW 24/7 Australian Concentrated Solar Power Project

Australian solar thermal developer Vast Solar has unveiled plans to take its technology into the mainstream, unveiling a $600 million proposal to build a “baseload” solar plant in Mt Isa that will combine solar thermal, solar PV, battery storage and fast-acting gas generators. The plan, being supported and advised by [...]

Vast plans $600m “baseload” concentrated solar power plant for Mt Isa

Australian solar thermal developer Vast Solar has unveiled plans to take its technology into the mainstream, unveiling a $600 million proposal to build a “baseload” solar plant in Mt Isa that will combine solar thermal, solar PV, battery storage and fast-acting gas generators. The plan, being supported and advised [...]

RayGen and KMI (Jiangyin) announce strategic alliance

Jiangyin Kinematics Manufacturing Co., Ltd (KMI (Jiangyin)) and RayGen Resources Pty Ltd (RayGen) have recently formalised a strategic alliance that will include the supply of world-leading, reliable slew drives for RayGen’s Solar Power Plant (‘solar hydro’) technology. The first project under this alliance will be a fully dispatchable renewable energy [...]

Raygen signs up global developer Photon, plans huge 1000 MWh solar storage project

Melbourne-based solar plus storage developer RayGen Resources says it has brought in international solar project developer Photon Energy as a minor equity partner, and has plans for a huge 100MW/1,000 MWh solar plus storage project. RayGen recently secured $3 million in funding for a pilot project of what it calls [...]

Australia funds feasibility study for hybrid Concentrated Solar Power-hydro plant

RayGen Resources has secured A$3 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to conduct a feasibility study for a pilot Concentrated Solar Power plant that uses water as storage medium. Located at Carwarp in north-west Victoria, the facility would deliver 4 MW of solar power generation, including 17 hours [...]

Concentrated Solar Power the way forward for is Australia despite hiccups

As the world looks to Germany as a shining example of how to shift away from polluting coal power, a Queensland-based nuclear expert says solar thermal power is the way forward for Australia. Paul Wilson, a nuclear engineer with almost five decades' experience, told ABC Radio Brisbane's Steve Austin he [...]

How Australia could have already transitioned to 100% renewable energy

Released in 2010, The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan (ZCA2020) — a joint collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute — set out to demonstrate that Australia’s economy could be powered by renewable energy within a decade. The first report of its [...]

New hope for Port Augusta’s failed SolarReserve Concentrated Solar Power project

Port Augusta's failed solar thermal project has been revived by a South Australian company with big plans for the ill-fated Aurora site. Thermal energy storage company 1414 Degrees is set to acquire SolarReserve Australia, which owns the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta and two solar sites in New [...]

Vast Solar in talks with Australian mining groups for first Concentrated Solar Power plant

Modular Concentrated Solar Power developer Vast Solar sees Australia's mining sector as the greatest deployment opportunity before wind and PV growth creates wholesale market openings, Craig Wood, CEO of Vast Solar, told New Energy Update. Concentrated Solar Power with storage can meet mining operators' demand needs. Vast Solar's quest to [...]

Japan and Australia Test Solar Hydrogen Component

For countries such as Japan or South Korea with poor DNI and little space for wind and solar, the value of hydrogen is that it can be made overseas with renewable energy, then stored and shipped, and used to produce electricity, heat, or propulsion. This way, regardless of local solar [...]

Vast Solar closes capital raise to finance Concentrated Solar Power project

Australian concentrated solar power (CSP) company Vast Solar has finalised a capital hike to progress development of its 30-MW solar thermal power reference plant. Vast Solar did not disclose how much it raised through the capital increase but mentioned that it gained further support from existing investors. In February, it [...]