Vast Solar has joined forces with the Queensland University of Technology to help optimise its planned $600 million clean energy project in Mount Isa.

The North West Queensland Hybrid Power Plant will use concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) technology based on mirrors. This will be integrated with a solar PV system, a large-scale battery and gas engines.

Vast Solar said the new plant’s performance would be affected by the cleanliness of the solar mirrors, and the selection of the plant materials.

It is working with the QUT Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and Advanced Materials (AM) teams, which are funded by the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI)

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