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Solar thermal power plants with 10+ hours of thermal energy storage available now!

Dr Keith Lovegrove, Managing Director of ITP Thermal Pty Ltd and a director of AUSTELA, recently highlighted that solar thermal power plants with 10+ hours of low-cost built-in thermal energy storage have been in operation internationally for several years, and are proven technology (Read his full article HERE). AUSTELA has long advocated that the benefits of integrated energy storage, providing in-built dispatchability, should be taken into account when comparing electricity costs derived from different generation technologies.

AUSTELA continues to engage in the public debate to raise awareness of the benefits of solar thermal power technologies, including their immunity from risks of supply, cost and carbon emissions associated with gas-fired power generation, and CSP’s cost advantages over battery technology at large scale.

Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market

The Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, lead by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, is likely to play a pivotal role in the ongoing debate around Australia's electricity system and the role of renewables with energy storage such as CST.

AUSTELA has made a submission to the enquiry and participated in the 'technical expert' consultation session in Sydney on 15 February 2017.

The submission can be downloaded HERE.

Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan

The NSW government has embraced the need to decarbonise the energy system by 2050. They have release a Climate Change Fund Draft Strategic Plan.

AUSTELA responded to the call for submissions and attended the consultation workshop.

The submission can be downloaded HERE

Senate Select Committee into the resilience of electricity infrastructure

The Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World is considering amongst other things “the role of storage technologies and localised, distributed generation to provide Australia’s electricity networks with the resilience to withstand the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events driven by global warming.”

AUSTELA has made a submission (number 43 on the Committee's website) and will present at the hearings in Melbourne on 7 March.

The submission can be downloaded HERE

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Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association Ltd
ACN: 149 005 210
PO Box 6127
ACT 2602, Australia