CSIRO Newcastle solar tower opens: pics

CSIRO Newcastle solar tower opens: pics

Summary: CSIRO opened Australia's largest solar thermal research hub over the weekend, providing the Hunter region with another source of renewable energy and industry with a new hub for research.

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    Unlike most concentrated solar thermal power stations, the facility does not require the use of water. It will initially be used to develop and test a 200kW solar air turbine, which generates electricity by compressing and heating air. The turbine also does not require water for cooling, making it suitable for remote areas or where water supply may be an issue. In times of intermittent solar coverage, the turbine can also be driven using natural gas.

  • (Credit: John Marmaras)

    The facility, which covers an area of 4000 square metres, will operate as an international hub for solar tower research, development and commercialisation in areas such as solar energy storage, high-temperature steam generation, solarised fuels and thermoelectric generators. It has already entered into partnership with two international organisations: Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Spain's Abengoa Solar.

    Watch the video below for a graphical representation of how the solar tower operates.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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