University of Newcastle solar technology cuts energy costs for Wallsend Pool

Engineer Matt Patterson with the solar panels at Wallsend Pool.
Engineer Matt Patterson with the solar panels at Wallsend Pool.

WALLSEND Pool will dramatically reduce its running costs thanks to new heat-engine technology developed by the University of Newcastle. The $1.7 million plant combines a solar thermal field with the heat-engine technology, generating about 30 kilowatts of electrical output and 150 kilowatts of heat for the swimming pool. Surplus heat from the engine will be turned into electricity to be traded.