Bridgette Meinhold

World's First Hybrid Solar Power Plant Opens in Israel

by , 06/15/09

sustainable design, green design, concentrating solar plant, aora solar plant, energy, clean technology, renewable energy, kibbutz sammar israel

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants are an amazing, wonderful, renewable energy technology, as long as the sun is shining. However solar power alone cannot provide on-demand power, especially in the case of off-grid applications. Aora Solar, out of Yavne, Israel, is almost complete with the world’s first ever solar hybrid plant, which will combine concentrated solar power with a hybrid-microturbine to generate power 24 hours a day. This technology could help provide off-grid communities the necessary power without having to run miles of costly transmission lines.

sustainable design, green design, concentrating solar plant, aora solar plant, energy, clean technology, renewable energy, kibbutz sammar israel

Installation of the new hybrid system is less than 10 days away from being completed at the Kibbutz Sammar in Israel. Once up and running on June 24th, the plant will generate 100 kW of on-demand power plus 170 kW of thermal power. The plant consists of 30 heliostats (mirrors) that track the sun and direct its rays up to the 30-meter tall tower, where all the sunlight from the heliostats is concentrated. This concentrated sunlight heats compressed air, which drives an electric turbine. The tower itself is a welcome change from other power towers we have seen in the past – it actually looks good with its tulip flower shape.

The hybrid part of the plant allows for on-demand power due to its inline microturbine. When the sun has set for the day or if it is cloudy, biodiesel, natural gas, or bio fuels can be used to run the microturbine, which then drives the electric turbine. The hybrid system has the capacity to power 70 homes 24/7.

A hybrid system like this has the potential to provide distributed generation or off-grid power to communities, companies or factories. As production of bio fuels becomes more efficient and sustainable, we’re hoping to see more and more hybrid solar concentrating systems.

+ Aora Solar

Via Treehugger

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12 Comments

  1. Goobama April 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This is not new technology. Tracking sun and using mirrors so you can have solar produce power 12 hours vs 6 hours per day has been used. What’s important to understand is how much power is delivered from turbine vs solar within 24 hours. How will they get gas and how much will it cost in the remote location?

  2. saran September 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

    give me information about lastest power system used

  3. Qatar June 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Could it be possible to establish a JV here in Qatar for a 1200KW for a Factory?

  4. Sudershan G June 7, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Do we have similar proposals to build say 10Kw capacity plant?Keen to have your feedback.

  5. G S Gundu Rao June 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

    It is great to read your revolutionary and successful project. If you have smaller plant of say 10 to 25 KVA capacity which can find very wide application in all rural application it will be a great social renaissance and cleaner environment
    Good Luck and wishing all success

  6. hillellio May 11, 2010 at 3:32 am

    wonderfull
    i am interesting as an investor to financial projects of PV for ellectricity non less than 1 MW in italia
    hillellio@bezeqint.net

  7. Zaheed April 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I am interested to set up a10KW hybrid Solar Power in my Apartment building. Is it possible? and what will be the cost.

  8. Manigandan August 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This is very briallant idea and important uses OF MEchanical energy department of science to world by mani mech student of vellore

  9. aryabima July 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

    good for healty life

  10. dignifiedlove July 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Wow, that is brilliant? Have you ever thought of building your own solar panels for your own use?

  11. Bridgette Meinhold Bridgette Meinhold June 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hey Bernardo. You’ll have to contact the company specifically to get that kind of info. They didn’t release any on their website.

  12. btomas June 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Do you have any numbers to make a case study into the profitability?

    Bernardo de Tomás

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