Aalborg CSP was selected to design and deliver the world's first Integrated Energy System based on the concentrated solar power (CSP) technology for the sustainable operation of Sundrop Farms' new greenhouse facilities.


Client:    John Holland
End user/Owner:         Sundrop Farms
Location:    Port Augusta, Australia
Status:    Operational
Technology:    Integrated Energy System

Aalborg CSP developed and supplied an Integrated Energy System to support Sundrop Farm’s desert-farming operations in Port Augusta. The concentrated solar power (CSP)-based technology is the first one in the whole world to support horticultural activities at commercial scale producing more than 17,000 tons of tomatoes annually. The system provides multiple energy streams (heating, desalination, electricity, steam, cooling) through one carbon-free system. The energy production is tailored to the seasonal needs of the greenhouses and is balanced throughout the year to achieve the lowest possible energy costs.

Aalborg CSP first completed a pre-engineering study and determined technical and economic viability of the project as well as the scope of the system. More than 23,000 heliostats collect the sun’s rays and reflect them onto the top of a solar tower. The concentration of energy generates high temperatures which is used to heat greenhouses, to provide fresh water by desalinating seawater and to periodically run a steam turbine to produce electricity. 

Philipp Saumweber, CEO of Sundrop Farms

Strong partnerships are essential to the Sundrop model and Aalborg CSP have consistently delivered on promises and guaranteed the reliable operation of our greenhouse, contributing to the success of this truly sustainable, world-first facility