New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Queensland Solar Dawn Project

As discussions continue in relation to funding arrangements for the Solar Dawn project, the largest concentrating solar thermal power project planned in Australia and one of the largest in the world, Solar Dawn has released a new independent report highlighting the economic benefits to Queensland and Australia to be gained from the project. Learn more...

AUSTELA Member Novatec Solar enters the South African market

Novatec Solar has joined ABB in entering the South African CSP market. ABB has signed an agreement with FG Emvelo, an independent solar power plant company, to develop high-efficiency concentrating solar power (CSP) plants at Karoshoek Solar Valley in Northern Cape province, South Africa. Learn more...

Solar Flagships Deadline Extended

In welcome news for solar thermal power in Australia, an extension has been granted until 30 June 2012 for the Solar Dawn consortium to achieve financial close.

The Solar Dawn project will use AUSTELA Member AREVA Solar's Australian developed Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector technology in a 250MW power plant on a 450ha site 20kms from Chinchilla in south western Queensland. It will be Australia's first large-scale solar thermal power plant and one of the largest solar thermal power plants in the world. Demonstrating the versatility of solar thermal power, gas-fired backup capacity may be added in a future stage to enhance despatchability and security of supply from the plant. More information on the Solar Dawn project can be found here.

AREVA Solar's media release in relation to the extension of time can be viewed here

See here for AUSTELA's perspective.

New NREL Report confirms CSP's value in the electricity grid

A report released by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratories confirms the potential for solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power as complementary technologies, and the value of solar thermal power generation with thermal energy storage to improve electricity grid efficiency. Learn more...

AUSTELA Member Abengoa Solar succeeds in South Africa

The South African Department of Energy has awarded to AUSTELA Member Abengoa Solar the first two solar thermal power projects to be constructed in the country.  Abengoa Solar's 50MW solar tower 'Khi Solar' and 100MW 'KaXu' parabolic trough projects will help to position South Africa as a leader in development of solar energy generation. Learn more...

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