Ausra Inc was awarded the “S” Stamp certificate of authorization from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for manufacturing the company's industrial solar steam power boilers. Ausra is the first and only solar steam power boiler manufacturer to receive this certificate under ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Code.
An ASME “S” Stamp indicates that a product conforms to the latest edition of the ASME BPV Code and is considered the industry hallmark of acceptance and certification. It is recognized in more than 100 nations as a means of meeting government safety regulations, and complies with all safety laws and regulations in the United States and Canada.
With the ASME “S” Stamp certificate, Ausra is also accredited to use the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors “NB” Stamp for its solar boilers.
Ausra's solar thermal steam systems incorporate Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology to: fuel standalone solar thermal and solar-natural gas hybrid power plants, augment power generation for new and existing fossil-fired power plants, and generate direct solar steam for industrial applications. These include enhanced oil recovery, desalination, and food processing.
The company's Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant in Bakersfield CA is the first solar thermal power plant to come online in California in nearly 20 years. The facility generates electricity for California's peak summer demand period. Kimberlina is also the first solar power boiler to be permitted in California and serves as a testing and demonstration facility for Ausra's solar steam customers.
In Australia, Ausra provides solar-generated steam for the New South Wales-based utility Macquarie Generation's 2,000-megawatt Liddell coal-fired power plant, allowing the utility to generate electricity with less emissions.