Plans Are Set to Build the World’s Largest Solar Tower in Israel

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Israel will see a huge development in clean energy when it opens a huge solar tower in 2018. While the country’s sunny environment provides a perfect setting for solar power, it currently uses only a small percentage of such an energy resource for its electricity needs.

According to Eran Gartner of Megalim Power Limited, the company responsible for the project, the tower will stand 250 meters tall, making it the tallest of its kind in the world.

Explaining the design of the tower, Gartner said:

“The power station will be what is called concentrated solar power. It will be surrounded by 50,000 mirrors spread over 3 square kilometers. The mirrors will concentrate all of the sunlight onto the solar tower.”

To work, the tower will use a boiler at the top to harness the sun’s heat and turn water into steam. Subsequently, the steam will turn the turbine that will generate energy.

Along with other solar projects built in the Negev Desert, this solar tower is part of Israel’s plans to develop its clean energy sector. All in all, these facilities will generate around 310gW of power, helping to realize the country’s target to satisfy 10% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.