Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant

Solar thermal power plant, 'biggest of its kind in the world'.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
South Australia is set to build the largest single-tower solar thermal power station in the world (Credit: SolarReserve)

The government of South Australia has recently announced that building the world’s largest single-tower solar thermal plant. They revealed that a California-based solar tech company, SolarReserve will develop it.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
The power station uses mirrors to heat a molten salt mass allowing for consistent power generation across day and night(Credit: SolarReserve)

Scientists actually want to develop this project named Aurora, as part of the Rice Solar Energy Project in California. Once developed, this single-tower solar thermal plant will focus solar energy onto a central tower.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
The Aurora Solar Energy Project is the largest of its kind in the world(Credit: SolarReserve)

The plant originally uses molten salt technology to store that energy as heat. By using this, the plant could efficiently provide 1,100 megawatts of energy storage capacity, which equates to eight hours of full load storage. Using molten sea salt technology generate electricity even when sunlight is shining down.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
The proposed location for the power station in South Australia(Credit: SolarReserve)

The Aurora project has the capacity to benefit 90,000 homes. It is required to have the capacity to take into account around five percent of South Australia’s aggregate vitality needs.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
An artist rendering of the proposed SolarReserve, dual-tower project in Chile(Credit: SolarReserve)

There are two or three other giant solar thermal facilities around the globe, but none have as substantial a solitary tower control yield as this proposed Aurora office in Australia.

This single-tower solar thermal plant called Aurora Solar project will commence development one year from now. It would have liked to be prepared to deliver power by 2020.

Engineers are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant
An operational solar thermal station in Nevada(Credit: SolarReserve)

Mr. Weatherill said, “this project will deliver more than 700 jobs, with requirements for local workers. It would transform the energy market in SA and be a flagship project for the entire nation.”

Senator Xenophon said, “This will make a difference in the South Australia energy market. It will secure the grid and mean more baseload power than intermittent power. It would lead to more stable energy in the market, which would lead to lower power prices.”

Key Features of this Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant:

  • 150-megawatt solar thermal power with eight hours of storage
  • Plant will deliver 495-gigawatt hours of power annually, or 5 per cent of SA’s energy needs
  • Equivalent to powering more than 90,000 homes
  • Located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta