AUSTELA Chair Andrew Want discusses the System Advisor Model project, which set out to improve the accessibility of the technology for Australian Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) users.
Chief Engineer Andrew Tanner has won the 2014 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for Clean Technology.
A collaborative research study has shown energy derived from concentrating solar thermal power (CST) can be a cost-effective solution to augmenting Australia’s power grid, saving almost a $1b in network investment.
A project by the Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association – AUSTELA – and two universities examined the potential for concentrating solar thermal power.
Large-scale concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) generation can provide substantial economic benefits to Australia.
The technology of CSP systems has reached a high level of commercial maturity and the level of deployment has been growing at around 40 per cent per year since 2005.
AUSTELA commissioned IT Power Australia to lead the project and work with NREL researchers.