Hybrid power station for WA gold mine

By Emma Brown

May 21, 2015

CLEAN power company Enerji is looking to construct its first hybrid solar thermal power station at Northern Star’s Jundee gold mine in WA.

Enerji’s accretive thermal energy node technology harnesses waste heat from power generation to produce electricity. Northern Star will supply waste heat and procure power from the plant.

Both companies identified the Northern Goldfields location as the preferred site for the project. It will include a mobile standalone Rankin cycle heat-to-power system, which will be connected to Jundee’s base-load gas-fired generators and supplemented with high quality concentrated solar thermal energy collected by the Solastor System.

The output is lower cost, zero emission electricity, that will feed into Jundee’s power systems.

Enerji chief development officer Colin Stonehouse said it was a landmark development for Enerji and paves the way for our maiden off-take agreement.

“The mandated evaluation and analysis phases will allow us to validate our unique technology and demonstrate the cost and environmental benefits we can deliver to remote location projects such as Jundee,” Mr Stonehouse said.

“We look forward to progressing discussions with Northern Star towards a commercial agreement.”

Northern Star’s chief operating officer said the company was always assessing ways to enhance operating efficiencies and this initiative could minimise environmental impact.

“We are optimistic that the outcome of the evaluation and analysis phases will be positive, demonstrating that the proposed project will deliver economically attractive energy at Jundee and potentially pave the way for adopting similar clean power solutions across additional projects.”