Generation II Big Dish solar concentrator
The ANU Generation II Big Dish solar concentrator
is the world's largest paraboloidal
dish solar concentrator, with 489 m2 of mirror aperture area.
At the focal plane it produces an average concentration
of 2,100 suns over
a disk with diameter 530 mm, and a peak concentration of 14,000 suns.
Construction of this facility was completed in June 2009,
and it first generated steam on sun in July 2010.
The Generation II Big Dish
was developed and built by ANU in collaboration
with Canberra-based company Wizard Power, with support
from an AusIndustry Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) grant.
This dish is a prototype of a design
that is intended for use in large scale solar thermal power generation
systems, where large arrays of dishes are joined to feed energy
to a central power generation plant. The ANU prototype is used
to obtain experimental data supporting investigations into energy
conversion processes, to seek design improvements and to support
efforts to license and commercialize the technology.
ANU 500-m2 Generation II Big Dish solar concentrator