ASI announces 8-year ASTRI funding program
The Australian Government, via the Australian Solar Institute (ASI),
today announced funding for a $35 million eight-year program
in the area of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP).
ANU is a major partner in this new program,
named the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI),
which is to be led by CSIRO with the following Australian partners:
- Australian National University
- University of Adelaide
- University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- Queensland University of Technology
- Flinders University
The project is funded from the ASI's United States–Australia Solar
Energy Collaboration (USASEC) scheme, and also involves the following
initial US collaborators:
- Sandia National Laboratories
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Arizona State University
The overarching goal of ASTRI is to deliver the next wave of CSP
cost reductions to deliver solar electricity at between 9–12
cents per kilowatt-hour, and to maintain the option of a large CSP
industry for Australia. If met, this goal will allow CSP to compete
with fossil fuels in target initial applications by 2016.
The overall project includes $15 million of ASI funding for the first
four years, followed by $20 million of funding from the new Australian
Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The total project value including partner contributions is $87.3 million.
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