Globes: Under the contract, Solel Solar Systems will be the sole technology contractor, supplying FPL Energy with 48,000 solar third-generation thermosolar collectors and heat transport units, which the company says convert solar energy 30% more efficiently than existing units. The company’s units generate non-polluting electricity for a greater number of residences at lower operating costs.
Solel Solar Systems CEO Avi Branmiller said, “The present contract strengthens our 10-year collaboration with FPL Energy. Our market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, and Solel is well positioned to exploit new opportunities that arise.”
Since the beginning of 2006, Solel Solar System has announced contracts worth an aggregate $80 million to supply thermosolar units to power stations in the US and Spain. The company also announced the completion of development of its new “Solel 6” parabolic trough, with over 50% improved solar energy collection and power generation performance, compared with existing systems. The company will begin marking the Solel 6 during the second half of 2006.
Israel keeps a watchful eye on these events because of their interest in building the world’s largest solar energy plant in the Mojave desert.