Our Mission

To deliver renewable energy technology with the power to transform world energy systems

Cost competitive, easy to construct, flexible, utility scale renewable energy power generation and storage technology, that can dispatch clean energy, on demand, 24 hours a day.
We are innovators in the field of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP). Since 2009 we have been inventing solutions to address the issues that have held back the adoption of CSP. Our CSP system, developed through fundamental research and elegant, cost effective engineering, sets new standards of price and performance.
Vast Solar’s CSP system is smart, modular and highly cost effective to construct and operate. Our technology includes novel heat collection and transfer technologies, along with integrated storage so that we can generate and then dispatch affordable renewable energy 24 hours a day. These features, along with advanced control systems, heliostat, tower and field design, uniquely position Vast Solar’s power technology within the CSP sector. Our elegant, clean, scaleable power generation and storage system is competitive on performance and price not only with other renewable but also with fossil fuel power generation.
Ethical, professional determination and technical capability to deliver utility scale power generation with storage. We make the cost of building CSP economic so that renewable energy can be affordable.  Our team are excited about sharing our technology with partners, energy providers and the communities they serve. We are proud to enable and help drive the change that we, our families and all of our futures need now – reliable access to affordable, renewable energy.
We partner with developers and utilities to configure scaleable CSP plants that meet their unique market requirements. We bring our smart CSP engineering and design expertise coupled with our proven modular CSP approach and critical components. Vast Solar has developed a supply chain to deliver the critical components.

Low Cost, High Efficiency.

Meet The Team

Our great team and business mission is lead by passionate professionals with international experience in engineering and technology commercialisation, structured finance, business development, management and communications. Smart, elegant technology and efficient solutions are what our business is all about and we strive to reflect this in everything we do. Our professional management team is lean, team oriented and always open to the innovative ideas our people, partners and those we do business with offer. (Click on portraits for Linked In further information)

Craig Wood
Craig WoodChief Executive Officer
Craig possesses international experience in corporate management, structured finance and the energy and technology sectors. Prior to joining Vast Solar in 2015, he worked in London, New York, Sydney and Perth with Lehman Brothers, Archer Capital and Browne’s Dairy in senior executive operational roles. He has held directorships, CEO and CFO roles in diverse industrial and manufacturing organisations. Craig holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering (1st Hons) and Science from The University of Western Australia and Masters Degrees from the London Business School and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
James Fisher
James FisherFounder & Non-Executive Director
James leads Vast Solar’s research and engineering team. James founded Vast Solar in 2009 after returning from the USA where he lived and worked in both Boston and Silicon Valley. He is an experienced research engineer and technology developer and his diverse career has spanned manufacturing, research and development, software development (Bluefish Wireless) and, for the past seven years, renewable energy. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Sydney.

Brian Menzies
Brian MenziesBusiness Development
Brian is one of the founding members of Vast Solar and today he leads the business research, development and analytics team. Prior to returning to Australia to help establish the Company, Brian worked as a business strategy consultant with Bain & Co in the United States, and as an IT consultant in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Brian has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Christina Hall
Christina HallFinance
Christina brings extensive financial experience to the business having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 14 years to advise and assist business stakeholders to maintain and build enterprise value. She has worked across a variety of industries in Australia and the United Kingdom and specialised in financial and operational restructuring for over five years while working in London. Christina holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anthea Fawcett
Anthea FawcettCorporate Affairs
Anthea has wide-ranging experience in sustainable design, policy development, communications and advocacy and has worked with organisations that include the EcoDesign Foundation, Planning NSW, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Engineers Australia and the University of Cape Town. She has worked in South Africa, South Korea and SE Asia and is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) and the University of NSW (College of Fine Arts, Masters).

Attractive Economic Profile

Vast Solar’s innovations aim to develop and deliver a CSP system with a cost structure significantly lower than any competitor currently available globally..

Partners and Associates

Vast Solar is a small private company with an appetite for growth. Our innovation journey has been made possible by longsighted private investors, along with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) whose grant support for fundamental research has enabled us to realise our collective goal of bringing Vast Solar’s unique CSP system to market. University partners who have contributed or travelled with us on this journey include the Australian National University, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales. Vast Solar is a member of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI).

Australian Government Grants

Project Oversight

Steam Turbines & Steam Cycle Design

Australian Government Financing

Grid Connection Partner

Small Scale Steam Turbines

Lead Investor

Air Cooled Condensers

Project Design