Yavne, Israel [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Aora has launched its first hybrid solar thermal gas turbine power station at Kibbutz Samar in southern Israel. Aora’s Samar “Power Flower” station consists of a field of 30 tracking mirrors (heliostats) situated on half an acre of land.
The power module, which was granted a license in March, is expected to supply 100 kilowatts (kW) of power to the national grid. Each of the station’s 30 heliostats tracks the sun and reflects its rays towards the top of a 30 meter-high tower housing a special solar receiver along with a 100 kW gas turbine.
The patented receiver uses the sun’s energy to heat air to a temperature of 1,000°C and directs this energy into the turbine. The turbine converts the thermal energy into electric power that will be fed directly into the national grid.
“The size and relative price of our solar power system means it can be implemented in local as well as large-area instillations,” said Haim Fried, Aora’s CEO. “Today marks the beginning of a new era for solar energy, where any city, town or village can now consider Aora for its energy needs, due to the attainable price point and build-out time of just several months, versus other CSP timelines of several years.”
Aora’s hybrid approach allows the system to run on solar radiation input, as well as almost any alternative fuel, including biogas, biodiesel and natural gas.