I have arranged for a CD of the in-depth design, construction and
operation details of the White Cliffs project to be sent to me on CD
from NSW, Australia. Can't wait to dig into it. Will be happy to
share relevant details if anybody is interested.
Their solar thermal electric system worked reliably for well over 10
years. A few technical problems that emerged in the early years were
quickly and completely solved. The system was only shut down because
the town became grid-connected to cheap electricity and some outsiders
were eager to repurpose the mirrors for an experimental PV project.
BTW, the PV system only worked a few years before being shut down due
to module maintenance and reliability problems.
I'm told that with routine maintenance and simple repairs the solar
thermal electric system could have run for decades before any major
system component rebuilds would have been necessary, at which point it
could have run for another bunch of decades.
I wonder how many of the local White Cliff residents wish they still
had the solar thermal electric system around now that the grid-connect
electricity is no longer cheap.
On Aug 17, 2:39 pm, jamesk <jam...@virtuallygreen.com
> Hi there,
> A 25 kWe solar thermal steam engine power station operated
> successfully in White Cliffs, NSW, Australia from 1981 to 1996.
> The steam engine was converted from a diesel engine. Below is a link
> to 6 pages of a 242 page report about diesel to steam conversion:
> I'm tracking down an electronic copy of the full 242 report entitled
> "The White Cliffs Project - Overview for the period 1979-89".
> Below is a link to a brief wiki about the White Cliffs project: