Companies involved in large scale solar thermal energy observe significant misconceptions among policy makers and investment decision-makers in Australia about the cost of solar thermal power, and a lack of understanding of the rapidly improving cost dynamics of large scale solar thermal demonstrated in other markets. AUSTELA is growing a high quality membership – that includes leading technology providers, government agencies, academic institutions, component manufacturers, consulting engineers and advisors to government – that encourages productive discussion and presentation of contemporary insights to AUSTELA’S stakeholders.

The following companies are members of AUSTELA:

Novatec Solar was founded in 2006 by management shareholders Martin Selig, Dr. Max Mertins and Gerhard Hautmann. Novatec Solar is based in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Novatec management team is made up of experts from solar energy research and development, automotive mass production and power plant design. Novatec Solar’s focus is the production, development, implementation and operation of solar thermal steam generators using proprietary Linear Fresnel Technology.

Transfield Holdings is one of Australia’s largest privately held investment companies with a portfolio of businesses focused on infrastructure, renewable energy and related sectors.   After beginning life as a contractor, Transfield Holdings now specialises in the management and development of and investment in businesses and privately funded infrastructure projects. Transfield  Holdings is the majority shareholder in Novatec Solar

Vast Solar was founded in 2008 to develop a concentrating solar thermal power system capable of competing on price with wind power in the near term.  Vast Solar has developed innovations in central receiver (power tower) design that significantly reduce the cost of the solar array – the largest element of capital cost in a solar thermal system – while maintaining the economies of scale and turbine efficiencies achieved from centralised, high temperature power block configuration, and delivering cost efficient thermal energy storage.  Based in Sydney Australia, with a highly experienced executive team with international expertise in innovation, manufacturing, energy and carbon markets, finance and project development, Vast Solar is backed by a leading Australian agribusiness, and by funding from a major Australian utility.


Cobra Group Australia Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo Cobra, a Spanish-based EPC contractor and industrial services company. Cobra has completed the EPC of some the most important solar thermal references in the world, including the Andasol plants in Andalucia, and the Gemasolar power tower near Seville. Cobra has been a pioneer in the development of molten salt storage capacity for solar thermal plants, making possible the commercial delivery of baseload solar power.

Abengoa (MCE: ABG) is an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating energy from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste. Abengoa´s solar business develops proprietary CSP and PV solar energy technologies to foster sustainable development and energy independence.

Ferrostaal is a global provider of industrial services in plant construction and engineering, offering development and management of projects, financial planning and construction services for turnkey industrial and energy plants. Ferrostaal employs around 4,600 people in more than 40 countries. In 2011, its annual turnover amounted to approximately A$ 1.2 billion. Ferrostaal is part of MPC Group of Hamburg, Germany.

Flagsol is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrostaal, specialising in engineering and EPC services for solar thermal power plants. Flagsol is one of the pioneers of the parabolic trough technology and a leading exponent of the use of molten salt in thermal energy storage systems. In 2012, Flagsol and Ferrostaal completed the planning and construction of the solar thermal power plant Andasol 3 in Andalusia, southern Spain. Flagsol is currently extending the application of molten salt as a heat transfer fluid in CSP systems including parabolic trough and solar tower.



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

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