A Symbol of What Could Have Been for Australia’s Clean Energy Future

Australia's Clean Energy Future

Australia’s Clean Energy Future ( Solar Thermal Magazine )

This was supposed to be a symbol of hope for Australia as a path forward to energy security , but with the new government in place, it is likely that coal will be the fuel of the future for the land down under. Very sad indeed.

Very few Australians are aware of molten salt storage technology and how it allows us to switch to 100% renewable energy in a very short space of time.
Russell Beard of Earthrise goes on a tour of Gemasolar, near Seville, Spain – the first Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plus molten salt storage (CSP+) plant to produce energy 24 hours per day.

This power tower plant produces 20MW, enough to power 25,000 homes but much bigger CSP+ plants are now being in the Middle East and the US that will produce 110MW

 

According to the video producers, Research by Beyond Zero Emissions (www.bze.org.au) and the Energy Research Institute, Melbourne University shows that a combination of

Energy efficiency and an upgraded grid plus a mix of:

  • 60% CSP+ (comprising 12 solar regions each containing 19 220MW plants located in the high-insolation vicinities of Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie (WA), Port Augusta (SA), Mildura (VIC), Bourke, Dubbo, Moree, Silverton (NSW), Roma, Longreach, Charleville, Prairie (QLD)) and
  • 40% wind (comprising 23 wind regions in Albany, Bunbury, Esperance, Geraldton (WA), Cape Jaffa, Ceduna, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay, Yongala (SA), Cooma, Crookwell, Orange, Silverton, Walcha (NSW), Ballarat, Mt Gellibrand, Port Fairy, Wonthaggi (VIC), Atherton, Collinsville, Georgetown, Stanthorpe (QLD)) and
  • A small hydro/biomass backup for a few days in winter┬ácan provide all of Australia’s energy needs including those of transport assuming a fuel-switch from oil to electricity. Plans on Buildings, Transport, Land Use & Agriculture, Industrial Processes and Coal Revenue Alternatives will be coming out over the next two years.

Enjoy the video

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.