Hybrid technologiesProject Port Augusta Solar Thermal Feasibility Study
A report covering the Siting and Options Study key findings and progress.
Alinta has completed the next stage of investigations into the feasibility of installing a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in Port Augusta. This part of Stage One of the study comprises the Options Study and the Siting Study. Alinta engaged Parsons Brinkerhoff to undertake these studies with the reports identifying and assessing the CSP technologies which could be installed in Port Augusta along with potential locations for the construction of a CSP plant.
During the progress of the Options Study, Alinta uncovered information that changes the nature of some of the assumptions that were made in the original Project Definition Report (Milestone 1). Those changes relate to the potential for a hybrid plant to be installed at Port Augusta. Alinta has now determined that Playford B power station is not a suitable candidate for hybridization and that the use of assets from Northern Power Station will not be feasible for continued use by a CSP plant following the closure of the power station.
The Options Study considered six potential CSP technologies for installation at or near Alinta’s Augusta Power Stations:
- Stand-alone parabolic trough
- Stand-alone power tower
- Stand-alone linear Fresnel
- Hybrid parabolic trough
- Hybrid power tower
- Hybrid linear Fresnel