Yavne, Israel [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Aora, a developer of applied ultra-high temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, announced that Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Binyamin Ben Eliezer, has signed Aora’s license to provide solar electricity to the national grid from its solar thermal power plant at Kibbutz Samar in Israel’s southern Arava region.This is the first such license to be granted by the Israeli government to a solar-thermal technology.Construction on Aora’s power plant began in January. Following the government’s approval, the company will now begin the final phase of the project, commissioning the plant and connecting it to the national power grid. The company expects to begin power generation by the end of March. Once it begins generating power, Aora expects the unit will have a capacity of 100 kilowatts.
“By granting Aora the country’s first solar-thermal power generation license, the government of Israel fully recognizes the importance of our technology and the significant impact that it could make on Israel’s power production,” said Haim Fried, CEO of Aora. “We look forward to following the successful launch of this initial power station with additional units based on our game-changing technology.”
The company’s hybrid technology allows a system to run on solar energy, as well as almost any alternative fuel source, including biogas, biodiesel and natural gas. This results in a variety of operation modes – from solar-only mode, where electricity is supplied when there is ample sunlight, to hybrid mode, where an addition of fuel helps generate electricity when sunlight is insufficient, such as at night or when it is cloudy, and can guarantee an uninterrupted power supply 24 hours a day.