Solar power plant feasibility study
ARENA capital provided / dedicated: $1, 000, 000 complete project price: $2, 300, 000
This task focuses on the pre-feasibility work needed seriously to gauge the viability of a stand-alone solar power thermal plant using ‘power tower’ technology that would see a field of mirrors concentrate light into a main receiver near the top of a tower. The high conditions created by power tower technology allow it to be most compatible with molten-salt storage space.Lead organization: Project lovers: place: Port Augusta, SA Technology: ARENA programme: Start day:
In late 2011 Alinta Energy began to evaluate potential solar power thermal possibilities in regional Southern Australia (SA). Its Solar Concept research figured SA is a high-quality area for solar power thermal power, hence stand-alone concentrated solar powered energy could possibly be feasible.
Alinta then commissioned Parsons Brinkerhoff in 2014 to examine the available solar thermal technologies and prospective areas for a solar thermal power-plant in SA. The experts discovered that a 50MW solar power thermal plant near Port Augusta’s current energy stations ended up being technically feasible.
A 50MW plant will be capable of harbouring many hours of storage space, allowing for the plant to give to give a steady circulation of energy through the night and during cloudy times.
The stand alone option ended up being favoured over hybridising existing coal-fired flowers because of the reduced technology risks in addition to capability to function over a longer life pattern.
Alinta is favouring a site found to the south-east for the Port Augusta Power facility, big enough for large variety of mirrors, while profiting from close distance to a grid-connection point.
The task can give a better indication of this expenses, logistics and overall feasibility of this plant.
If viable, solar thermal generation gets the potential to cut back the reliance of Port Augusta Power Stations on brown coal and increase their particular economic life. It would also stabilize the generation variety in Southern Australia and lower the impacts of extortionate wind generation in state.
The feasibility study will offer crucial technical knowledge for the industry along with information for the Port Augusta neighborhood how the task may unfold.
Media release – 03 Jul 2014: Port Augusta solar power thermal examination continues
Media launch – 15 Jan 2014: ARENA commits $1 million for solar thermal research in South Australia