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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    CSIRO

    Location

    New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Australian Solar Institute

  • Start Date

    December 2012

    Status

    Current

  • Project Partners
    None

Summary

ASTRI Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute is a consortium of leading Australian research institutions collaborating on ‘over the horizon’ concentrating solar power (CSP) research projects in close partnership with US research organisations and leading CSP companies.

Need

Reductions in the cost of delivering solar thermal energy are required for the technology to be ready to compete with fossil fuels by 2020.

The Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) is a consortium of leading Australian research institutions that are collaborating with the aim of transforming Australia into a global leader in concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies.

This is being achieved through a series of highly targeted ‘over the horizon’ research projects in close partnership with US research collaborators and leading international and Australian CSP companies.

ASTRI will achieve its outcomes by leveraging on the US Department of Energy ‘Sunshot’ intiatives into the Australian CSP industry, and mobilising the international CSP industry to invest in Australia. It is coordinating a focused program with rigorously prioritised efforts, informed by an overarching economic model.

Together, the ASTRI partner organisations are producing large-scale collaboration on CSP across Australia, serving as a platform for new international linkages. This is developing a step-change in the commitment of Australian researchers to the success of CSP, as well as highly-trained graduates ready to deliver success in CSP industries.

Benefit

ASTRI projects are expected to deliver the next wave of cost reductions, novel technologies, know-how, publications and patents, and concepts ready for development and commercialisation.

Read more about the concentrated solar thermal (CST) technology.

Last updated 20 November 2019

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