A solar thermal power station uses collectors of some format to collect and concentrate the heat from the sun,

and then uses this heat to create steam to drive a turbine, which in turn drive a generator to create electricity.

This form of renewable energy can create "base load" power by storing excess heat during the day and using

this stored heat to generate power at night, and can potentially replace all coal fired power stations. Other forms

of heat such as biofuel burners can supplement the solar collectors during cloudy weather. The diagram below shows how it's done.


Beryl, near Gulgong, is an ideal site for a solar thermal power station. Mudgee District Environment Group

have been promoting this site for several years now. If and when it's built it will create jobs in the Gulgong area.


Solar Thermal Power Station Project

Beryl Solar Thermal Power Station