Australian scientists claim great potential for Concentrated Solar Power. Concentrated Solar Power concentrates solar radiation which is then converted to steam to drive a turbine or engine for electricity generation. Unlike with the photovoltaic cells, the heat in this system may be stored to generate electricity outside of sunlight hours.
A study by researchers from The University of Western Australia has shown that Concentrated Solar Power can be looked upon to generate electricity for communities and mining interests across the Wheatbelt, one of the nine regions of the state, encompassing a range of ecosystems.
Assistant Professors Julian Clifton and Bryan Boruff of UWA's School of Earth and Environment found that areas in the central and eastern Wheatbelt are ideal sites for Concentrated Solar Power.
The research titled Assessing the potential for Concentrated Solar Power development in rural Australia was supported by the Wheatbelt Development Commission and has been published in the journal Energy Policy.
Assistant Professor Boruff said the results show there is an opportunity to consider small-scale electricity generation from renewable sources for local consumption given that the ability to supply more electricity to the region is subject to capacity constraints and the high cost of upgrades to current infrastructure.