Australia picks Areva for solar energy project

Solar panels are seen in France
Solar panels are seen in France. French state-owned energy group Areva announced Tuesday that it had won a bid to participate in an Australian solar energy programme.

French state-owned energy group Areva announced Tuesday that it had won a bid to participate in an Australian solar energy programme.

Australia awarded the first phase of its Solar Flagships programme to a consortium uniting Areva Solar -- the group's 100 percent-owned subsidiary -- CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP, an Areva statement said.

The Australian government programme hopes to develop and commercialise Australia's important capacities, said the statement.

This specific project, dubbed "Solar Dawn", foresees for the construction of a hybrid thermal solar and natural gas plant capable of generating 250 .

The Australian federal government pledged 464 million Australian dollars (342 million euros) to the project, with the state of Queensland contributing an additional 75 million Australian dollars.

The consortium must now work with Australian authorities and stakeholders to win permissions and financing for all aspects of the project.

Solar Dawn will be based in southwest Queensland near Logan Creek where Areva Solar recently won a CS Energy contract to compliment a coal-fueled with solar thermal energy.

Solar Dawn will combine Areva's solar thermal technology with natural gas so that the plant provides power around the clock.


Explore further

Italy to host Europe's biggest solar plant: company

(c) 2011 AFP

Citation: Australia picks Areva for solar energy project (2011, June 21) retrieved 25 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-australia-areva-solar-energy.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more