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‘Unique’ Solar-Storage Solution Providers Plot 300MW / 3.6GWh Australia Project

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

The first two paragraphs outline the system.

A 1,200 hectare site in South Australia has been secured by a developer hoping to use it to build a 300MW solar power site with 3.6GWh of energy storage, based on a novel technology solution.

Europe-headquartered renewables company Photon Energy is working to roll out the technology created by Australian company RayGen. It combines a kind of concentrating solar power (CSP) + solar photovoltaics (PV) hybrid that RayGen calls ‘PV Ultra’, paired to a long-duration energy storage tech dubbed ‘thermal hydro’.

Thermal hydro appears to be an interesting concept, which uses hot and cold water reservoirs to store energy. Electricity is retrieved using a Rankin cycle engine and the claimed roundtrip efficiency is seventy percent.

This power plant might seem to be very futuristic, but a 4MW solar with 3MW / 50MWh of energy storage project is already under construction and should go on-line in the middle of next year.

The developer; Photon Energy hopes to get the giga-plant ready-to-build by the end of 2023.

This concept could be a very useful one, where there is enough sun for concentrating solar power.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment