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Breaking the Solar Gridlock - Brisbane workshop

Receive training on Australian tools designed to assist project developers, financiers, regulators, network planners and engineers with siting concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) plants and evaluate their economic performance, including potential new income streams.

Hear from lead researchers, policy makers, network businesses and renewable energy advocates on the status of CSP in Australia and overseas, current projects and funding opportunities, and key findings from two ground breaking ARENA-funded research projects.

Who should attend:

  • Organisations involved in network planning and developing non-network solutions to grid constraints
  • Organisations interested in the development of concentrating solar power projects.
  • Organisations assessing the economic viability of CSP projects.

Why attend:

  • Gain the ability to consult the mapping tools and associated spreadsheets, use the Indicative Firm Capacity maps, and identify locations where there may be additional income for CSP projects.
  • For any of the standard CSP technology types, learn how to combine technical and solar data for a particular Australian site and year, and determine output and economic performance.
  • Learn how to compare the various CSP types (tower, trough, Fresnel dish) and storage capacity, and determine the solar field size for site optimisation and required output characteristics.

Workshop format

Morning tea and registrations

Presentations: on global CSP status, headline results from the ‘Potential Network Benefits of CSP’ project, the ‘SAM project’ and funding opportunities for renewable energy projects.

Workshop 1: Training in using the ‘Potential Network Benefits of CSP’ Google Earth mapping outputs, including ‘network support’ revenue streams, indicative CSP firm capacity, and cost/benefit of installing CSP at constrained locations.


Workshop 2: Training and discussions in the use of the System Advisor Model with the Australian-specific CSP project files and solar data produced for the SAM Project.

Afternoon tea and networking


Brisbane Keynote:  Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Federal Minister for Industry (invited)

Other speakers

Ivor Frischknecht (ARENA), Ian McCleod (Ergon Energy), Andrew Want (AUSTELA), Keith Lovegrove (IT Power Group) and Jay Rutovitz (Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS)


Customs House, Brisbane



6 February 2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm



Customs House, Brisbane.

More info


$450 full; $350 EA, AIE and AUSTELA members; $150 students and NGO’s. If you bring a colleague, they only pay $150.


02 9514 4957 or 0421 642 641