Australian Institute o f Energy

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AIE Sydney | “Concentrating Solar Thermal Power - A Solution to the Intermittency Challenges of Variable Renewables”

Venue: K&L Gates, Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney

Date: Mon 09 Mar 2020 @ 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Kurt Drewes is the Project Director of Vast Solar ( He will be discussing the intermittency challenges associated with variable renewable energy sources (VRES) as they deliver increasingly more bulk renewable energy to the world’s power grids.

 Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP) technology delivers utility scale renewable energy generation with affordable, scalable, thermal storage. This provides the ability to generate renewable energy during the day and to dispatch renewable energy 24 hours – during the day and night. By helping to re-engineer the future of large scale energy storage, Vast Solar’s technology will help resolve these intermittency challenges

 Since 2009, Vast Solar has been scaling and refining its modular CSP technology and capabilities and now operates the world’s first multi-array sodium CSP plant. This 6MWth,1.1MWe grid-connected pilot plant is located at Jemalong near Forbes, in New South Wales, Australia, and was fully commissioned in June 2018.

Kurt will present their planned solution for low cost base load power generation that relies on the Vast technology, as is being planned for a project in northern Queensland.

Time:       Registration from 5:30 pm for 5:45 start.  Drinks and canapés from 6.45pm to 7.30pm.

Venue:    K&L Gates, Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney

Cost:       Non-members $50; AIE Members free.

RSVP:      Register online HERE by 12:00PM Monday, 2 March, 2020. Register early as places are limited.

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