SolarReserve and Heliostat to support Aurora solar energy project

19 September 2018 (Last Updated September 19th, 2018 11:12)

Global solar power projects developer SolarReserve has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South Australian heliostats and heliostat components manufacturer Heliostat.

SolarReserve and Heliostat to support Aurora solar energy project
Aurora solar thermal energy project near Port Augusta. Credit: Business Wire.

Global solar power projects developer SolarReserve has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South Australian heliostats and heliostat components manufacturer Heliostat.

Under the new partnership, Heliostat and SolarReserve will support the manufacturing and supply of more than 12,000 massive mirror assemblies for the Aurora solar energy project located near Port Augusta, South Australia.

The Aurora project is a 150MW solar thermal power station incorporating eight hours of storage (1,100MW hours).

It will have an option to make use of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to produce electricity from the concentrating solar power (CSP) facility during peak demand periods.

SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith said: “We’re excited to have formed a long-term partnership with Heliostat SA and look forward to teaming up with them to bring manufacturing of our world-class heliostats to South Australian workers.

“SolarReserve is committed to supporting South Australia’s goals which will attract investment, create South Australian jobs and build an exciting and growing new industry.”

“SolarReserve is committed to supporting South Australia’s goals which will attract investment, create South Australian jobs and build an exciting and growing new industry.”

The partnership is expected to create nearly 200 jobs, of which more than 115 will be skilled labour positions related to manufacturing of steel components and heliostat assemblies.

The construction phase of the project will see an additional 650 full-time jobs being created on site and more than 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the region.

SolarReserve is also planning to build six solar thermal projects in SA over the next ten years.

Heliostat is part of Fusion Renewables Group, which includes Precision Components, Fusion Capital, and the University of South Australia.

Heliostats are large tracking mirrors in a solar thermal power station that follow the sun throughout the day and are designed to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver.