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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Chromasun Pty Ltd

    Location

    Victoria

    ARENA Program

    Australian Solar Institute

  • Start Date

    March 2011

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    Futuris Group
    This CST project was completed on 7 November 2014.

Summary

(Project closed 7 November 2014) Chromasun was partnering with the Futuris Group of Companies to develop and establish an Australian pilot manufacturing capability for the Chromasun Micro-Concentrator (MCT) concentrating solar thermal (CST) product. ARENA’s funding commitment was $3.4 million.

Need

Urban roofs could be better used with the development of a rooftop solar energy product that generates thermal, not electrical, energy suitable for heating and cooling buildings.

Project innovation

Chromasun was partnering with the Futuris Group of Companies to develop and establish an Australian pilot manufacturing capability for its two rooftop solar technologies: a micro-concentrating solar thermal (MCT) panel and a concentrating solar photovoltaic (CPV-T) hybrid panel. The CPV-T receivers would have been integrated into the MCT hybrid units to enable both electricity and hot water to be produced.

The ability to efficiently generate temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celcius would enable the MCT hybrid technology to easily couple with process heat loads such as thermally-driven air conditioning technologies proposed in the pilot deployments.

This project has now ceased due to Chromasun going into liquidation.

Benefit

The project intended to combine the ease of installation and maintenance of a flat solar panel with the performance and efficiency of utility scale CSP systems.

Last updated
20 November 2020
Last updated 20 November 2020
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