Sample icon1 AUSTELA is working with leading research agencies to connect Australian decision-makers with leading research in solar thermal power.


Sample icon 2 Through AUSTELA’s members and partner organisations, gain unique insights into current developments and trends in solar thermal power.


Sample icon 3 If your organization is involved in solar thermal energy development, technology or investment in Australia, you need to join AUSTELA.




The Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA) was formed on 31 January 2011 as the industry body solely dedicated to solar thermal energy generation in Australia.

AUSTELA assists energy sector policy-makers, investors, analysts, commentators and the Australian community, to better understand the benefits of large-scale solar thermal power generation; output to meet peak electricity demand, dispatchable power with no carbon emissions, cost-efficient energy storage, and the ability to operate in hybrid configuration with biomass, geothermal and fossil fuels.


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The NREL System Advisor Model for Australian CSP Stakeholders (SAM)

Predicting the output of a CSP system is a complex process.  Thermal systems include multiple subsystem whose behaviour at any point in time depends not only on the instantaneous conditions the whole system experiences, but also the recent history of its operation.

There is a range of approaches to modelling CSP systems and it is an on-going area of R&D. One of the most respected is the free to use System Advisor Model (SAM) developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA.


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World Solar Thermal Electricity Association

AUSTELA has joined forces with the solar thermal industry bodies in Europe and South Africa to form the World Solar Thermal Electricity Association, whose purpose is to engage with global energy, carbon and economic development agencies. Announcement of the new organization, to be known as STELAWorld, was made in Paris on 18 October 2011, alongside the biennial International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting chaired by Australia’s Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson.

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Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association Ltd
ACN: 149 005 210
PO Box 379
Croydon Park
NSW 2133, Australia

Tel: +61 2 8001 6360