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China takes up Australian solar thermal technology

Australia’s world leading solar heliostat technology will be used for concentrating solar thermal (CST) electricity generation in China.

The CSIRO has partnered with a Chinese company Thermal Focus to manufacture, market, sell and install CSIRO’s patented low cost heliostats, field control software and design software in China, with a shared revenue stream back to Australia to fund further climate mitigation research.

Solar thermal technology uses a field of computer-controlled mirrors (heliostats) that accurately reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on top of a tower.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said he was proud of his solar thermal technology team and the contribution they making to support Australia’s contribution to mitigating the impacts of global warming.

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