Human settlements

Renewable energy

Solar thermal - Introduction

Renewable energy commercialisation in Australia

Solar thermal technology refers to the capture and utilisation of solar energy for use in heat or electricity production. Enormous potential exists to use the energy of the sun directly for a range of applications such as water heating, food drying and space heating, which have already seen widespread adoption. More sophisticated technologies are being developed for electricity generation using solar thermal collectors and steam turbines. Australia has been a world leader in the development of solar hot water systems and is a significant exporter of this technology. New technologies are being developed by manufacturers of solar hot water systems to utilise alternative low-cost materials (such as plastic) and systems are being developed that work effectively in cold climate export markets.

Projects

  1. Tidbinbilla Regional Visitor Information Centre
  2. Solar hot water provided cheaply
  3. Solar pond for industrial process heat
  4. Advanced solar water heater with pressed tray thermal collector
  5. Vacuum tube solar thermal collector
  6. Australian release of the Solartech Genius solar hot water system
  7. Solar energy can be harnessed to cool grains
  8. Stored solar energy for space heating and industrial process heat
Solar pond

Download PDFs

Project details are also available for downloading as PDF files.

  1. Tidbinbilla Regional Visitor Information Centre as PDF
  2. Solar hot water provided cheaply as PDF
  3. Solar pond for industrial process heat as PDF
  4. Advanced solar water heater with pressed tray thermal collector as PDF
  5. Vacuum tube solar thermal collector as PDF
  6. Australian release of the Solartech Genius solar hot water system as PDF
  7. Solar energy can be harnessed to cool grains as PDF
  8. Stored solar energy for space heating and industrial process heat as PDF

Before you download

Some documents are available as PDF files. You will need a PDF reader to view PDF files.
List of PDF readers 

If you are unable to access a publication, please contact us to organise a suitable alternative format.

Key

   Links to another web site
   Opens a pop-up window