Today, BrightSource Energy Inc. and subsidiary Luz II Ltd. are dedicating their Solar Energy Development Center (SEDC) in the Negev's Rotem Industrial Park, Israel. The center is an operational solar field that will provide the companies with the ability to test equipment, materials and procedures, as well as construction and operating methods.
‘The completion of this project is a tribute to tens of thousands of hours of hard work and dedication from our people – the brightest and most dedicated team of experts in the business,’ says Arnold Goldman, chairman and founder of BrightSource Energy and Luz II.
The solar field is a scaled cross-section of a typical commercial plant and includes more than 1,600 full-size glass mirrors (heliostats) and a 60-meter tower topped by a solar boiler. The power tower and surrounding heliostats concentrate the sun's energy onto the boiler, heating the water inside to 550 degrees C. The utility-grade, superheated steam is piped from the boiler to a standard turbine, where electricity is generated.