- Lead Organisation
Raygen Resources Pty LtdLocation
Melbourne, Newbridge, VictoriaARENA Program
27 June 2017
29 November 2019
- Project PartnersVictorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and PlanningThis solar project was completed on 29 November 2019.
The RayGen PV Ultra Commercialisation Project will see RayGen Resources Pty Ltd scale up the development and deployment activities of its proprietary ‘PV Ultra’ concentrating photovoltaic technology.
The RayGen PV Ultra Commercialisation Project has reduced costs, increased manufacturing capacity and grown cumulative deployment to approximately 1MWAC and 2MWth. This progress has enabled the company to be in a position to sell its co-generation product to large C&I customers for commercial returns.
The RayGen Resources PV Ultra Commercialisation Project is supported by ARENA funding to assist in bridging the PV Ultra technology through CRI 2 (Small Scale Commercial Trial) to be in a position for CRI 3 (Commercial Scale up).
The technology has now been deployed four times across two sites, with retail energy sales beginning more than 30 months ago. The funding is being provided in the form of convertible notes for equity in RayGen Resources.
Media Release: Scaling up Concentrated Solar PV Technology in Victoria
ARENA announced funding support for Victorian company RayGen to continue commercialisation of RayGen’s solar power system PV Ultra, including construction of a 0.5MW concentrated solar PV demonstration project of the Australian developed technology.
By supporting RayGen Resources in its project, ARENA is assisting in driving down the costs of PV Ultra to the point where it can enter the market as the lowest cost energy product for large co-generation applications. The project has enabled great technical and commercial progress and RayGen is now active in the market with two commercial products. These products can provide lowest cost electricity, heat and desalinated water (including offsetting thermal gas requirement). RayGen’s ongoing commercialisation will increase opportunities for renewable energy uptake by business and customers, as well as grow manufacturing, engineering and sales jobs in its advanced manufacturing local ecosystem.
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