Jemalong Solar Thermal Station CSP Project

This page provides information on Jemalong Solar Thermal Station CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Jemalong Solar Thermal Station
Location: Jemalong
New South Wales Australia
Owners (%): Vast Solar
Technology Power Tower
Nominal Capacity: 1.1 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2017

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2014
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 2.2
Lat/Long Location -33.4,148.1
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 0.1


Developer Vast Solar
Operator Vast Solar
Electricity Generation Offtaker Essential Energy


Total Construction Cost (2017) 21.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $16.41 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 14919.4
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.64
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Concessional Funding or Other Support AU$8.89 million from ARENA

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 15000
# of Heliostats (or dishes for dish systems) 3500
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Vast Solar

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Liquid sodium
Tower Height (m) 30
Receiver Manufacturer Vast Solar

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 1.1 MW
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Cooling Type Dry

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank direct
Storage Capacity (Hours) 3
Storage Description Liquid sodium

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