The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia

Mirza Baig, Daria Surovtseva, Edward Halawa

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    Abstract

    The Northern Territory (NT) is among the regions in Australia and the world with the highest solar radiation intensities. The NT has many mine sites which consume significant amount of fossil fuel with consequent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The environmental concern related to the fossil fuel consumption and availability of immense solar energy resource in the NT open the possibilities for considering the provision of power to the mining sites using proven solar technologies. Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems are deemed as the potential alternatives to current fossil fuel based generating systems in mining industry in the NT. The finding is based on consideration of the major factors in determining the feasibility of CSP system installation, with particular
    reference to the NT mine sites.These are plant design requirements, climatic, environmental, and other requirements, and capital and operating costs. Based on these factors, four mine sites have been identified as having the potential for CSP plants installation. These areMcArthur River Mine, RangerMine, Northern Territory Gold Mines, and Tanami Operations. Each site could be served
    by one CSP plant to cater for the needs of mining operation and the local communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Solar Energy
    Volume2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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