Australian Representative, Sener Engineering and Systems
Thermal storage and CSP: Viability needs past success
Craig Aspinall is the Australian Representative for Sener Engineering and Systems and is responsible for leading the development of concentrated solar thermal and waste to energy projects in Australia. Craig is a Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the delivery of building and infrastructure projects across five countries, and over the past four years has focused on the feasibility and development of dispatchable renewable energy projects in Australia.
There is currently over 5GW of installed concentrated solar thermal (CST) power generation in the world, much of which contains thermal storage (TS). China’s CST target will triple that capacity by 2020, while Africa and the Middle East are also moving forward strongly with CST development. Australia has ideal conditions for CSP and TS to play a major part in both renewable generation and energy storage. Sener Engineering and Systems was established over 60 years ago, and is the world leader in CST and TS engineering, procurement and construction with a track record of over 2GW across 29 operational plants, two thirds of which have thermal storage. Most recently Sener commissioned the Noor I, II and III projects in Morocco, with Noor III reaching 90% capacity within its first month of operation. These three plants include two parabolic trough systems and one power tower system, totalling over 500MW of capacity, and varying thermal storage of upto 8 hours. Australia has ideal conditions for CSP and TS to play a major part in both renewable generation and energy storage. This is an opportunity to hear from a world leader in an energy storage solution well suited to Australian conditions.