Concentrated solar thermalProject Conversion of Coal to Hybrid Solar Thermal/Gas
A report on the environmental and regulatory assessment, planning, network transmission line relocation studies.
RATCH-Australia Corporation Limited (RAC), in partnership Transfield Infrastructure Pty Limited, and The University of Queensland (UQ), is undertaking all the preparatory development work to assess the viability of converting an existing 180MW coal fired power station to a 30MW hybrid solar thermal / gas power station at the Collinsville Power Station (CPS) in Queensland (the Project).
As part of the Project, RAC will also examine the feasibility of using Novatec’s Supernova Linear Fresnel Solar Thermal technology to generate superheated steam to be supplied directly to a steam turbine to provide grid connected electricity. The dual-fuel boiler will also be designed to use natural gas to enhance grid reliability from the Project.
The Australian Government, through an Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Emerging Renewables Program Funding Agreement, is partly funding the feasibility study.
This Knowledge Sharing Report for Public Release contains a summary of the learnings and knowledge gained during this phase of the Project, including information from the public release versions of the:
- Environmental and Regulatory Assessment Studies;
- Network Transmission Line Relocation Study; and
- Planning Study Report from Ergon Energy.