by Warwick Johnston, SunWiz
This study into the costs and economics of concentrating solar power in Australia formed the major part of a one-year investigation towards completion of Warwick Johnston's Master in Science (Renewable Energy). This dissertation analyses the costs of thermal trough CSP and its revenue from connection to Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM). As the wholesale price of electricity typically peaks well after midday, the investigation assesses the optimum amount of energy storage in order to maximise Internal Rate of Return (IRR).
This report was produced as an outcome of Warwick Johnston's George Alexander Foundation/International Specialised Skills Institute fellowship for Solar Air Conditioning.
It looks at the commercially available solar air conditioning technologies, and those under development at that time. It assesses the areas of Australia that each technology is most appropriate, and assesses the economic viability of solar air conditioning in 2005.
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