Located 34 km north of Eilat, Kibutz Samar is the site of AORA’s first CSP prototype module, which has been in operation since 2009, injecting thousands of kW of utility-grade power into the Israeli national power grid every year. This prototype unit has been the testing ground and upgrading proof facility for this versatile 100kW micro plant design.
Located near the village of Tabernas north east of the city of Almeria in southern Spain, the Platforma Solar Almeria (PSA) is the world’s largest and most exclusive Science Park/Center dedicated solely to the research and development of solar-based power-generating systems. The AORA Micro CSP module was accepted to this elite club, and construction was completed in 2011. Presently completing commissioning and certification, the plant will start producing utility grade electrical power early in 2012. The 170 kW of thermal energy created as a by-product of the electrical generation, will be used for the operation of a demonstration desalination unit capable of delivering 3 m³ of fresh water per 24 hour cycle.