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WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY ASSOCIATION

 

The Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA) was formed on 31 January 2011 as the industry body solely dedicated to solar thermal energy generation in Australia.

AUSTELA assists energy sector policy-makers, investors, analysts, commentators and the Australian community, to better understand the benefits of large-scale solar thermal power generation; output to meet peak electricity demand, dispatchable power with no carbon emissions, cost-efficient energy storage, and the ability to operate in hybrid configuration with biomass, geothermal and fossil fuels.

 

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The NREL System Advisor Model for Australian CSP Stakeholders (SAM)

Predicting the output of a CSP system is a complex process.  Thermal systems include multiple subsystem whose behaviour at any point in time depends not only on the instantaneous conditions the whole system experiences, but also the recent history of its operation.

There is a range of approaches to modelling CSP systems and it is an on-going area of R&D. One of the most respected is the free to use System Advisor Model (SAM) developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA.

 

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CSP Today

Call for Abstracts: 2015 Asia-Pacific Solar Conference, Brisbane 8-10 December

Showcase your research
Abstract submissions - due now! Deadline - Friday 21st August 2015

The theme for the 2015 Conference - information, collaboration and integration

Share information on the latest solar research by submitting an abstract.
Network and advance through collaboration by registering as a delegate.


Learn more about solar energy integration through participation in Australia's only technical research conference on solar energy.
The Organising Committee invites the submission of abstracts that report new outcomes across the breadth of solar research, development and deployment in Australian and across the region.Registrations are also open now.

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Fulfilling the Promise of Concentrating Solar Power

Low-Cost Incentives Can Spur Innovation in the Solar Market

By Sean Pool and John Dos Passos Coggin. June 2013, Center for American Progress.

Concentrating solar power—also known as concentrated solar power, concen- trated solar thermal, and CSP—is a cost-effective way to produce electricity while reducing our dependence on foreign oil, improving domestic energy-price stabil- ity, reducing carbon emissions, cleaning our air, promoting economic growth, and creating jobs. One physicist has even touted it as the “technology that will save humanity.”

Grandiose claims aside, concentrating solar power has recently garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy. The agency has created the SunShot Initiative to lead research into the technology—work that aims to increase effi- ciency, lower costs, and deliver more reliable performance from concentrating solar power. Additionally, high-profile U.S.-based companies such as IBM have invested in CSP research. Increasingly, private and public stakeholders believe that the technology holds the greatest potential to harness the power of the sun to meet national sustainability goals.

The Full Report can be downloaded HERE (1.2 MB )

CSP Alliance Report.

The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Literature Review and Research Needs

 

The CSP Alliance

The CSP Alliance is a public policy advocacy organization dedicated to bringing increased awareness and visibility to this sustainable, dispatchable technology.

Our membership includes many of the world’s largest CSP corporations and their supply-chain partners. Our objectives include advancing the industry’s value proposition, addressing issues of job creation and environmental sustainability, and setting the foundation for future uses of the technology.

The first version of this report was released in December 2012. This next version includes expanded discussion of methodology and new study results available over the course of 2013-14. 

The Full Report can be downloaded HERE (10.9MB )

AUSTRALIAN SOLAR THERMAL POWER INNOVATION PROJECT AN EXAMPLE OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT LEVERAGED BY AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY

VAST SOLAR | MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 20 May 2014

Australian solar thermal power innovation company Vast Solar (www.vastsolar.com) announced today it had commenced construction of a 6MWth (1.1MWe) concentrating solar thermal (CST) power pilot plant near Forbes, New South Wales.

The project, which will demonstrate Vast Solar’s low cost, high efficiency CST generation system, is funded by majority private investment with significant support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The first-of-kind project, which includes 3 hours’ thermal storage that will enable the plant to generate electricity day or night on demand, is expected to be operating to supply electricity into the National Energy Market by the end of the year.

Vast Solar’s CEO Andrew Want today said that when completed the Jemalong Solar Thermal Station would be the only standalone solar thermal power plant with thermal energy storage generating power to the grid in Australia.

“Concentrating solar thermal (CST) power is important for Australia and for many sunny regions around the world,” Mr Want said.

Full Media Release here

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