As an alternative to conventional tracking trough systems, one may use line focus Fresnel reflector systems. Before the current Australian work, each field of Fresnel reflectors was directed to a single tower. However, efficient systems of very high ground utilisation can be set up if a field of reflectors uses multiple receivers on different towers (Mills and Morrison, 1999). This paper describes an Australian line focus system, called the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) system and a project to produce an initial 25MWe solar array. The array will be used as a retrofit preheater for a coal fired generating plant. Future use of such arrays as stand alone high capacity factor powerplants in New South Wales are discussed.

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