The Aurora Solar Energy Project – Thermal Energy Storage System is a 150,000kW energy storage project located in Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia. The rated storage capacity of the project is 1,100,000kWh.
The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2017 and will be commissioned in 2021.
The Aurora Solar Energy Project – Thermal Energy Storage System is being developed by SolarReserve. The project is owned by The Government of South Australia (100%).
The key applications of the project are renewable capacity firming and renewable energy time shift.
The Government of South Australia is the owner. SolarReserve is the developer.
SolarReserve has signed a long-term Generation Project Agreement (GPA) to build a 150 MW solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta. The Generation Project Agreement is similar to a Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy, except that emphasis is placed on the available capacity of the facility during peak demand periods rather than just the energy that can be delivered in kilowatt-hours. Aurora will deliver power into the National Electricity Market (NEM) at high value electricity periods, providing additional capacity, energy security and reliability services, as well as competition into the South Australian market.
SolarReserve LLC (SolarReserve) is a developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology that offers clean fuel and renewable energy services. The company is headquartered in United States.
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