September 18 (Solar) – Australian concentrated solar power (CSP) technology firm Heliostat SA has teamed up with California-based SolarReserve to produce tracking mirrors for the latter’s 150-MW Aurora plant in South Australia.
The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they will work together on the development of plans and processes for the supply, fabrication and assembly of over 12,800 of SolarReserve’s SR96 heliostat assemblies in Australia. The move is seen to create around 200 local jobs, SolarReserve said on Monday.
“Heliostat SA plans to exploit our supply chain knowledge across the SR96 program, to ensure a very high local South Australian content is achieved,” said David Linder-Patton, Heliostat’s CEO. Heliostat and SolarReserve are now working to complete the final agreement, according to the announcement.
The Aurora CSP park near Port Augusta will incorporate 1,100 MWh of molten salt energy storage capacity. The CSP facility itself will have a capacity of about 135 MW when operating under normal conditions and will have the ability to increase that output in favourable conditions. It is expected to produce about 500 GWh of electricity annually, serving the state government’s needs and supplying all schools, hospitals, police stations and government buildings. An option to add a solar photovoltaic (PV) component to the scheme, to be used in peak demand periods, is also being developed.
The Aurora project is part of SolarReserve’s wider project to install six solar thermal power plants in South Australia in the next decade.