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Lake Cargelligo

The Project uses concentrated solar power focused into a graphite Solar Storage Receiver, set out in a multi tower solar array. The Project consists of eight SSR’s each mounted on its own tower. This graphite receiver acts as receiver, boiler and storage system.

Status Date: March 20, 2017
Project Overview
Project Name: Lake Cargelligo
Country: Australia
Location: Lake Cargelligo
(New South Wales)
Owner(s): Graphite Energy (100%)
Technology: Power tower
Turbine Capacity: Net: 3.0 MW Gross: 3.0 MW
Status: Currently Non-Operational
Start Year: 2011

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Technology: Power tower
Status: Currently Non-Operational
Country: Australia
City: Lake Cargelligo
Region: New South Wales
Lat/Long Location: 33°18′ 42.0″ South, 146°24′ 35.0″ East
Contact(s): Solastor
Start Production: May 2011
Project Type: Demonstration
Incentives: AUD 5$ million grant as a part of AEST Program


Developer(s): Lloyd Energy Systems Pty Ltd
Owner(s) (%): Graphite Energy (100%)
EPC Contractor: Comet Windmills
Operator(s): Graphite Energy
Generation Offtaker(s): Australian National Energy Market

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Heliostat Solar-Field Aperture Area: 6,080 m²
# of Heliostats: 620
Heliostat Aperture Area: 9.8 m²
Receiver Manufacturer: Lloyd Energy Systems Pty Ltd
Receiver Type: Graphite solar storage receiver
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Water/Steam
Receiver Inlet Temp: 200C
Receiver Outlet Temp: 500C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 3.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 3.0 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure: 50.0 bar

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: Other
Thermal Storage Description: Core graphite thermal storage technology