Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative

The Australian solar thermal research initiative (ASTRI) supports long-term research programs and aims to transform Australia into a global leader in concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies.

CSIRO, Australian universities and our US partners will be working on targeted research programs and producing large-scale collaboration on CSP across Australia.

This $87.3 million initiative will move Australia to a leading position on solar energy research by building our capability and knowledge.

CSIRO will also be part of a number of other projects, contributing to the significant US‐Australia Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics, micro-urban solar integrated concentrator centre and the ‘consumer and utility interest in active participation in the distributed energy market’ project.


  • Australian National University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Adelaide
  • Flinders University
  • University of South Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Arizona State University.

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