solar thermal energy -Australia’s Energy Security – 24/7 Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plus Molten Salt Storage (CSP+)February 22, 2012 – 9:31 am
Russell Beard ** Earthrise goes on a tour of Gemasolar, near Seville, Spain – the first concentrated solar thermal power with molten salt storage (CSP +) plant to produce energy 24 hours a day. This plant produces 20 MW power tower, enough to power 25,000 homes, but much bigger + CSP plants are now in the Middle East and the United States that will produce 100 MW and 150 MW. Even the larger plants + CSP are possible. A search of Beyond Zero Emissions (www.beyondzeroemissions.org) and the Energy Research Institute at the University of Melbourne shows that a combination of energy efficiency and a mix of 40% wind and 60% CSP + (which includes 12 solar regions each containing 19 220MW plants in high insolation near Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie (WA), Port Augusta (SA) Mildura (VIC), Bourke, Dubbo, Moree, Silverton (NSW), Roma, Longreach, Charleville, Prairie (QLD) in able to provide all Australia’s energy needs including a fuel-switch with transport from oil to electricity.