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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International Energy Agency (IEA) - World Energy Outlook 2011 and Solar Perspectives 2011

IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. Founded in response to the 1973/4 oil crisis, the IEA’s initial role was to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in oil supply through the release of emergency oil stocks to the markets.

Two recent publications of the IEA provide useful information in relation to the role and potential of solar thermal power in the world's energy markets:

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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