Industry Partnerships | Research positions | Community involvement

Industry partnerships

ASTRI is keen to develop mutually beneficial relationships with industry to help develop projects related to the various processes involved in a CST plant.  If you are interested in knowing more about how you can collaborate with ASTRI please contact us.

An ASTRI overview and capability document (pdf) has been prepared from ARENA Round 2: Industry-researcher collaboration

Research positions

Examining one of the solar fields at CSIRO

There are a wide variety of research areas involved in concentrating solar power.  If you have knowledge in engineering, chemistry, optics, mathematics, material sciences, structural modelling, analysis and design, manufacturing or a range of other disciplines, there may be a position for you through an institution ASTRI.

PhD positions

No positions currently available, but watch this space for upcoming opportunities

Postdoctoral positions

No positions currently available, but watch this space for upcoming opportunities

ANU positions

ANU presently has four research-intensive positions available in their Solar Thermal Group. The positions focus on different aspects including development of low-cost heliostats and high-performance solar receivers (sodium receivers and boilers, bladed receivers), and system modelling of entire concentrating solar thermal plants. The four roles are described as follows:

  • Position 1: mechanical / optical engineer, with experience in ray optics, programming ability in common languages (e.g. Python, C, C++) and aptitude for practical and experimental work
    • Including ASTRI Heliostat Cost Reduction and ASTRI Receiver Performance projects
  • Position 2: mechanical / thermal engineer, with strong experimental experience, heat transfer and thermo-mechanical modelling ability (e.g. computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis), and aptitude for experimental data analysis & interpretation
    • Including ASTRI Receiver Performance project
  • Position 3: process / mechanical / systems engineer, with strong numerical modelling background such as chemical process modelling, energy systems modelling, system dynamics and control, with strong interest in numerical methods, thermodynamics/heat transfer and applied renewable energy systems design
    • Including ASTRI High-temperature storage project
  • Position 4: mechanical engineer, with experience in product design, development, prototyping and testing
    • Including ASTRI Heliostat Cost Reduction project

Position 4 is also open to applicants with a non-academic background.

ANU applications close on 10 April 2016

ANU PhD positions (non-ASTRI)

In addition ANU has a full stipend available for a PhD student to work on a project investigating a concept that couples a tubular sodium boiler with a NaCl phase-change storage system for continuous energy supply. The student would examine sodium stability in highly-irradiated tubes by investigating mass, momentum, energy and radiative transport in liquid metals.

Community involvement

Installing white plates on the receiver tower

Installing white plates on the receiver tower

Learn more about concentrating solar thermal.

We are currently in the process of developing material for the website to help you understand Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) Power and the important role of CST research for the future of Australia and the world.

In the meantime there are some great resources to learn more including:

SolarPaces – The international network of researchers and industry experts for the development and marketing of concentrating solar thermal power systems and solar chemistry technologies.

  • SolarPACES Concentrating Solar Power Projects database maintained by NREL
  • AUSTELA (Australia) – AUSTELA assists energy sector policy-makers, investors, analysts, commentators and the Australian community, to better understand the benefits of large-scale solar thermal power generation.
  • Clean Energy Council (Australia) – The peak body representing Australia’s clean energy sector made up of more than 550 member companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Sunshot (USA) – The SunShot Initiative drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans
  • ESTELA (Europe) – ESTELA is a European Industry Association created to support the emerging European solar thermal electricity industry for the generation of green power in Europe and abroad, mainly in the Mediterranean region