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

Baig, Mirza, Surovtseva, Daria and Halawa, Edward (2015). The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia. Journal of Solar Energy,2015(Article No. 617356).

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Title The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia
Author Baig, Mirza
Surovtseva, Daria
Halawa, Edward
Journal Name Journal of Solar Energy
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 2015
Issue Number Article No. 617356
ISSN 2314-6230   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
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 are McArthur River Mine, Ranger Mine, 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.
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