Australia

Webinar about Concentrated Solar Power in Australia

Australia possesses one of the highest Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI) resources in the world. It’s expected that by the end of 2018 there will be 1.8GW of cumulative solar capacity available compared to less than 200MW in 2012. What is more, the ability to store and dispatch is key to [...]

SolarReserve enters manufacturing deal for Australia Concentrated Solar Power project

Australian concentrated solar power (CSP) technology firm Heliostat SA has teamed up with California-based SolarReserve to produce tracking mirrors for the latter’s 150-MW Aurora plant in South Australia. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they will work together on the development of plans and [...]

South Australia adds concentrated solar power

Late last year, the South Australian Government announced it had signed an agreement with SolarReserve to build a 150 MW solar thermal power station with eight hours of energy storage near Port Augusta. The decision came on the back of Alinta Energy’s decision in 2015 to close down Port Augusta’s [...]

Aalborg CSP among the Australian Clean Energy Council Award finalists

Danish renewable energy specialist, Aalborg CSP A/S, is among the top four finalists competing for the prestigious Clean Energy Council’s Innovation Award 2018. The company has been shortlisted for the development of Australia’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) facility that supports desert-farming operations. This ground-breaking plant in Port Augusta demonstrates [...]

SolarReserve may add 70MW solar farm to Port Augusta concentrated solar power tower

US solar company SolarReserve has sought approval to add a 70MW solar PV farm to the world leading solar tower and molten salt storage facility proposed for Port Augusta in South Australia. The plans for the additional solar PV are revealed in a development application to the South Australia Planning [...]

Path to a booming Australian Concentrated Solar Power market

A report out from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) this month published responses from industry stakeholders on the viability of a concentrated solar thermal (CST) energy market in Australia: Paving the way for concentrated solar thermal in Australia. Only 5 gigawatts (GW) of CST is deployed globally so far, [...]

Concentrated Solar Power firms eye involvement in Australian projects

Several of the CSP industry’s most experienced players have expressed interested in being involved in projects in Australia, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Thirty-one engineering firms, technology providers, and industry associations from around the world responded to ARENA’s request for information on CSP projects, among them nine [...]

New transmission line will support SolarReserve’s Aurora concentrated solar power project

SolarReserve and OZ Minerals have entered into a long term agreement to commission a new high voltage electricity transmission line in South Australia. The high voltage power line will meet the companies’ current operational requirements and accommodate their growth strategy for the region. Collaborating on a single transmission line [...]

Paving the way for concentrated solar power in Australia

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today released a report outlining how concentrated solar thermal (CST) technology could be a commercially viable form of dispatchable renewable energy within a decade. Last year, ARENA called for industry participants worldwide to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) exploring the potential for [...]

Australia’s first Concentrated Solar Power plant on schedule to open in 2020

SolarReserve is on schedule to start construction of Australia’s first commercial CSP plant in mid-2018 and to begin generating power around the end of 2020, CEO Kevin Smith has told CSP Today. The South Australian government granted SolarReserve development approval for the 150 MW Aurora project earlier last month. [...]

SolarReserve Accelerates Growth in South Australia

Company opens Australian headquarters in Adelaide, along with field office in Port Augusta, to serve as a development hub for the region and to deliver Aurora, Australia’s first concentrated solar power station with storage. SolarReserve, a leading worldwide developer of large-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, has [...]

SolarReserve wins approval for 150 MW CSP project in South Australia

The Australian government has granted SolarReserve LLC development approval for its 150-MW Aurora concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in South Australia. Final approvals for the AUD-650-million (USD 508m/EUR 426m) project are expected to be obtained in the first half of this year, with construction planned to start “shortly thereafter,” SolarReserve [...]

How the Port Augusta community helped repower the town with concentrated solar power

Port Augusta’s Lisa Lumsden was in the supermarket when news broke of the town securing a $650m solar thermal power plant – the biggest of its kind in the world. The announcement of SolarRerserve’s Aurora Solar Energy Project came with the promise of 650 construction jobs, 50 ongoing positions and delivered an [...]