International solar experts focus on Australia

SolarPACES – the ‘United Nations’ of concentrating solar power. The event, where over 20 countries were represented, was recently held at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle.

It’s one of the biggest international events of the year for solar thermal experts and for the first time it was held in Australia!

SolarPACES symposium attendees viewing CSIRO's solar tower in action.

‘Future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.’ SolarPACES symposium attendees viewing CSIRO’s solar tower in action.

The SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) executive committee meeting and conference enticed experts from countries including USA, Spain, Germany, France and China. During the event they discussed important solar thermal issues and all the latest developments in the technology, markets and the future of the technology.

CSIRO’s Wes Stein told us, ‘We’re hearing from the experts about their experiences in their different countries, not only around research and technology programs, but also around the measures that have made advancements possible in their country.’

This is important stuff for the future of solar thermal research and technology – to help get this technology operating efficiently and make it more affordable. 

CSIRO’s two solar towers were operating for the visitors during the event as working examples of the technology.

The SolarPACES executive committee and CSIRO's Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark.

The SolarPACES executive committee and CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark, strike a pose at the Newcastle Energy Centre.


7 Comments on “International solar experts focus on Australia”

  1. mahalingam says:

    Nice Info…lot of useful tips..

  2. SilverJoy says:

    That’s for sure the biggest international event of the year for solar thermal experts and for the first time it was held in Australia! Congrats!

  3. Andrew Hayes says:

    Thanks, CSIRO. You help Australia catch up after Germany in uptake of solar energy.

  4. Mark says:

    Are you going to be continuing to blog? I found this useful but it was from May last year ?? Mark

  5. jeff says:

    Good to see that there is a renewed focus on sustainable energy in Australia

  6. Jenee Vie says:

    I am glad to know this. I am greatly encouraged to install my own Solar Power System at home knowing that a many people already supports this idea. Please keep on posting such informative updates. Thank you.


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