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Areva Predicts Concentrated Solar to Grow by 20% and Acquires U.S. Solar Thermal Energy Developer

Areva Predicts Concentrated Solar to Grow by 20% and Acquires U.S. Solar Thermal Energy DeveloperAREVA announced this week the 100% acquisition of U.S.-based Ausra, a leading provider of large-scale concentrated solar power solutions for electricity generation and industrial steam production. This acquisition launches AREVA’s new global solar energy business. It reflects AREVA’s strategic objective to be the world leader in concentrated solar power (CSP) and will further strengthen and diversify its renewables portfolio.

Combining Ausra’s proven technology and AREVA’s world leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) skills, the group is committed to building the most cost-effective CSP plants for utilities, independent power producers and industrial customers around the world.

The market for concentrated solar power plants is expected to grow substantially in the next decade with an average annual growth rate of 20% and should reach an estimated installed capacity of over 20 GW by 2020. With this acquisition, AREVA is poised to capture the leading position of this attractive and growing market.

Anil Srivastava, Business Group Renewable Energies Senior Executive Vice President, said:

“By acquiring Ausra, AREVA has taken a major step forward to achieve its strategic ambition in renewables. The Group intends to become the world leader in the CSP market thanks to a reliable, cost-effective product.”

Ausra’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Robert E. Fishman declared:

“Today is about making a strong company even stronger. With AREVA, Ausra is joining forces with one of the world’s global energy leaders. Combining AREVA’s financial and commercial strengths, and its energy expertise, with Ausra’s proven technology and experienced management team will help position AREVA for even greater success in the renewable and carbon-free energy industry.”

AREVA will leverage and reinforce Ausra’s team to strengthen its Global Solar business unit, led by Dr. Robert E. Fishman. It will be operated out of Ausra’s existing Mountain View, Calif. headquarters.

This acquisition is expected to close in the next few months, subject to customary regulatory approval.

 Ausra designs, develops, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the global power generation and industrial steam customers. The company’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar steam generators are designed for existing fossil-fired plants, new standalone solar and solar/fossil hybrid plants, and a diverse range of industrial customers. Ausra manufactured and built the first solar thermal power plant to deliver electricity to California’s power grid in nearly 20 years and developed and installed the world’s first solar/coal-fired power augmentation facility for a major Australian utility. Ausra is a privately-held company with operations in the United States and Australia.Date of creation: 2006Headquarters: Mountain View (CA), USA

Offices and industrial sites: US and Australia

Number of employees: 70 in 2009

Tags: Areva, Ausra, Australia, California, concentrated solar, renewable, solar power, solar thermal

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