Australia

AGL plots solar thermal storage future for Liddell

AGL Energy interim chief executive Graeme Hunt says an innovative solar thermal project envisaged for the Liddell site in NSW is an example of the repurposing of baseload coal sites expected at its PrimeCo business as it gradually pivots towards lower-carbon energy. AGL and partner RayGen have begun construction [...]

The Fastest Route to Commercialize Solar Hydrogen – is through Australian Copper Mines?

The fastest route to commercializing solar hydrogen could be by supplying hydrogen, oxygen and heat for Australia’s copper mining industry with solar thermochemistry, Christian Sattler told this reporter for SolarPACES recently. With his experience heading solar fuels research at Germany’s solar research center at DLR, Sattler sees a synergistic connection [...]

Vast Solar progresses plans for $600 million concentrated solar power plant

Australian renewable energy developer Vast Solar is calling for expressions of interest from contractors as it pushes ahead with plans to develop a $600 million hybrid concentrated solar power project in Queensland. Vast Solar announced on Thursday the project is calling for expressions of interest from contractors across a [...]

Stanwell signs up to Vast Solar’s Mt Isa Concentrated Solar Power project

A novel plan for a 50 megawatt hybrid Concentrated Solar Power project in Mount Isa has got financial backing from Queensland government-owned energy giant Stanwell Energy. The $600 million project, proposed last year by thermal solar specialist Vast Solar, would mix a unique brand of concentrated thermal solar generation with [...]

The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia

M. H. Baig,1 D. Surovtseva,2 and E. Halawa1 1Centre for Renewable Energy, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia 2School of Engineering and IT (SEIT), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia Academic Editor: Santanu Bandyopadhyay The [...]

Should Australia invest in Concentrated Solar Power rather than gas power?

Recently NSW announced that a gas power plant would be classed as critical infrastructure to speed up the planning process. This follows the Morrison government's policy that gas power is needed to transition away from coal to renewables, but that policy has met with criticism from those advocating a steady [...]

Australia’s first large Concentrated Solar Power plant hinges on Glencore terms

Vast Solar's hybrid Concentrated Solar Power project at the Mount Isa mining town would cut power prices and emissions and offtake talks are "positive," Craig Wood, CEO of Vast Solar, told Reuters Events. In July, Vast Solar announced it was developing a 50 MW hybrid CSP-PV-gas plant in the mining [...]

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 [...]