Aurora

Aurora
90,000 HOMES POWERED
110 MEGAWATTS
(MW)

110 MEGAWATTS (MW)

The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power station using SolarReserve’s proprietary molten salt technology

0 FOSSIL FUEL
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0 EMISSIONS

SolarReserve’s unique solar + storage technology does not require any natural gas backup

495 GIGAWATT-HOURS
POWER PER YEAR
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495 GIGAWATT-HOURS POWER PER YEAR

Storage allows the facility to produce more than twice as much net annual output (gigawatt hours) than an equivalent sized photovoltaic (PV) solar project

880 MEGAWATT-HOURS
ENERGY STORAGE

880 MEGAWATT-HOURS ENERGY STORAGE

SolarReserve’s patented solar thermal energy storage technology enables reliable, on-demand, energy production – even after dark

8 HRS FULL LOAD
STORAGE

8 HRS FULL LOAD STORAGE

Storage will enable the plant to operate just like a conventional coal or gas power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions

40 YRS STORAGE WITH
NO DEGRADATION
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40+ YEARS STORAGE WITH NO DEGRADATION

Unlike batteries, molten salt lasts for 40 years or more, without any degradation or need for replacement; it also costs less than batteries

4,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT
AND INDUCED JOBS

4,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

The project will create approximately 4,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, the majority of which will be in Australia

1,000 CONSTRUCTION
JOBS
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1,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

The Aurora project is an example of how sustainable solutions, for energy now and in generations to come, foster new industries and create jobs by the thousands

PORT AUGUSTA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power station incorporating 8 hours of full load storage (880 megawatts-hours). Aurora will deliver 495 gigawatt-hours of power annually – providing fully dispatchable baseload electricity to the network when electricity is needed most. Storage will enable the solar thermal station to operate just like a conventional coal or gas power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions. The project is to be located approximately 30 kms north of the town on a vast pastoral station.

The Aurora project would also create much needed jobs for South Australia. The project is expected to create up to 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs during construction, the majority of which will be in Australia, and around 50 long-term jobs during the operations phase. Up to 60% South Australian content is expected in the construction phase which would support an entirely new industry for South Australia. The solar thermal supply chain which would be developed in the state would be leveraged for other solar thermal power station projects in South Australia and the broader region.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Port Augusta, South Australia
  • Technology: Solar Thermal with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage
  • Size: 110 MW facility output
  • Storage: 8 hours of full load storage, enabling on-demand energy production day and night
  • Electricity Production: More than 495 gigawatt-hours annually, which is around 5% of South Australia’s energy needs
  • Homes Powered: Equivalent of over 90,000 homes, day and night
  • Dry Cooling: Significantly reduces the use of water, saving millions of litres of water each year
  • Project Status: Advanced development

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • No requirement for natural gas or oil back up – completely emission free
  • Supports Federal and State Renewable Energy Targets
  • Energy storage provides a firm, reliable electricity product on-demand, day and night
  • Up to 60% South Australian content is expected in the construction phase which would support an entirely new industry for South Australia
  • 200,000 tonnes of CO2 will be displaced each year

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • Anticipated investment in South Australia during construction: $350M
  • Anticipated investment in South Australia during operational life: $200M

JOB CREATION

  • 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs created during construction
  • 1,000 construction jobs on site at peak
  • Equipment and services purchased across South Australia
  • 50 full-time, permanent jobs for operations and maintenance