Vast Solar selected by Australian and German governments for AUD$19.48m and EUR13.2m to advance green methanol production to power zero emission shipping and aviation

Australian cleantech company Vast Solar, a world-leader in concentrated solar thermal power (CSP), and the Solar Methanol Consortium have been selected to receive AUD$19.48m and EUR13.2m from a collaboration between the Australian and German Governments to develop a world-first green methanol demonstration plant, SM1 in Port Augusta, South Australia. The German-Australian [...]

Vast Solar and Sage Geosystems Announce Strategic Collaboration on Hybrid Power Generation and Storage Projects

Vast Solar Pty Ltd. and Sage Geosystems Inc. (Sage) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate global opportunities to integrate concentrated solar power (CSP) generation and long-duration energy storage (ES) deep in the earth to supply clean, dispatchable baseload electricity. Vast Solar Logo Wind and solar are [...]

Vast Solar Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase 13,500 Sodium-Ion Batteries from Natron Energy in 2023

Leader in concentrated solar power (CSP) aims to integrate sodium-ion batteries to maximize energy storage performance. Vast Solar, an Australian company and leading developer of concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) technology, today announced a collaboration with Natron Energy, Inc. ("Natron"), a global leader in the manufacturing of sodium-ion batteries. This [...]

Sodium Heat Transfer to Magnesia gets Storage Test

Solar researchers are testing thermal energy storage in stacked ceramic magnesia bricks – using a liquid metal; sodium, as heat transfer fluid. The magnesia bricks will be held in a packed bed in a single storage tank; so it will contain the liquid sodium in both its hot and “cooled” [...]

Repowering Port Augusta for superior concentrated solar power storage

Port Augusta’s on-again, off-again solar thermal power plant is on again. But this time, the heat is on to prove the technology in time to transition other power station towns. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Port Augusta’s concentrated solar power plant is back from the dead. Vast Solar's [...]

Concentrated Solar Power Tower: Use Molten Salt as an Energy Storage System

One of the most difficult tasks is to use renewable energy to decarbonise Australia’s industrial sector. One potential clean, renewable energy source is concentrated solar power or CSP systems. Australia needs to use solar concentrating electricity since it generates energy without releasing harmful greenhouse gasses. The solar power tower name [...]

Vast Solar plans “Concentrated Solar Power gigafactory” for heliostats and receivers in Queensland

Australian concentrating solar thermal developer Vast Solar has unveiled plans to establish a “CSP gigafactory” to manufacture its heliostats and solar receivers on Australian soil, after a successful trial at a pilot plant. The company – which is hoping to develop a 30 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant with 12 [...]

Vast Solar wins US backing for concentrated solar power

Australian renewable energy company Vast Solar is part of a US grouping that has received US$2.3 million from the US government to develop its concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The company is developing modular solar thermal power, utilising liquid sodium as the solar heat transfer fluid. This is being deployed [...]

Concentrated solar power touted as part of Queensland’s clean energy future

An Australian company says its technology can help solve the problem of around-the-clock clean energy as Queensland gears up to become a renewable energy powerhouse. A concentrated solar thermal plant reflects sunlight into arrays at the top of towers.(Supplied: Vast Solar) A chronic issue for the most common renewable energy [...]

‘Solar At Night’ resolves renewable storage gap

A new campaign called Solar At Night has been launched to ensure Australia’s future energy system includes the storage required to produce reliable and renewable energy overnight. Without investment in long-duration storage, Australia risks increased night-time price volatility and unnecessary reliance on fossil-fuel generation, Australia’s peak body for solar thermal [...]

RayGen connects concentrated solar power towers to the grid, but storage component will have to wait

A Melbourne-based solar storage technology company hoping to combine solar power and long duration energy storage (LDES) has announced that one component of its flagship site in Western Victoria is now connected to the grid. RayGen – backed by AGL and a host of big international energy companies – said [...]

Vast Solar to grow Port Augusta Concentrated Solar Power to 150 MW at old SolarReserve site

When SolarReserve proposed a 150 MW tower Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) power plant for Port Augusta, the firm was fresh off completing Crescent Dunes, the world’s first attempt at utility scale tower CSP with storage. The startup was unable to get funding to build the Port Augusta project, but it [...]

Could a storage target or a capacity incentive provide a lifeline for concentrated solar power?

Advocates for Australia’s fledgling solar thermal industry argue that an appropriately designed storage incentive – either a specific target or a capacity incentive – could support the emergence of new solar thermal and long-term energy storage technologies, without propping up ageing fossil fuel generators. Director of the Australian Solar Thermal [...]

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