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High density solar tower field for the National Solar Energy Centre at the CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle, NSWDigital image by Cox Richardson Architects and Planners

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The NSEC will be the only multi-collector facility of its type in Australia, and home to the largest high concentration solar array in the Southern Hemisphere. At peak operation it will generate enough electricity to power more than 100 homes.

The NSEC consists of three main elements:

  • A high concentration tower solar array that uses 200 mirrors to generate more than 500kW of energy. It will be capable of achieving peak temperatures of over 1000°C;
  • A low concentration linear solar array that generates a hot fluid at temperatures around 250°C; and
  • A control room facility that will house the centre's communications and control systems and serve as an elevated viewing platform.

Photographer : Cox Richardson Architects and Planners

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High density solar tower field for the National Solar Energy Centre at the CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle, NSW<br>Digital image by Cox Richardson Architects and Planners
High density solar tower field for the National Solar Energy Centre at the CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Digital image by Cox Richardson Architects and Planners

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