According to The Australian Financial Review, a $600 million solar hybrid power plant that could produce electricity round-the-clock for 30 years has been proposed for Mount Isa in Queensland, where, its backers say, it could undercut competing fossil power generation.
The proposed 50 megawatt project would use a combination of solar panels, battery storage, gas and innovative solar thermal technology developed by Vast Solar, which has yet to prove commercial at scale in the domestic market.
It would use mirrors and receiving towers to gather and store the sun's energy, then use it to power engines that support the solar PV generation, allowing clean energy to be available 24 hours a day rather than just when the sun is shining. Eighty-five per cent of the output would be "clean" energy, with the rest generated by gas.
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