In June 2008, BrightSource Energy opened the Solar Energy Development Center (SEDC), a fully operational solar demonstration facility used to test equipment, materials and procedures as well as construction and operating methods. The SEDC is located in the Rotem Industrial Park in Israelâ€™s Negev Desert, about 100km (60 miles) southeast of Jerusalem.
The SEDC is a scaled cross-section of a typical commercial plant and serves to demonstrate BrightSource Energyâ€™s proprietary LPT solar thermal technology. The six megawatts-thermal facility has been tested and verified by an independent engineering firm, and found to produce the worldâ€™s highest temperature and pressure solar steam. In a full-sized, commercial plant, this utility-grade superheated steam is piped from the boiler to a standard turbine to generate electricity.
- Location: Rotem, Israel
- Output: 6 megawatts-thermal
- The SEDC power tower and surrounding heliostats concentrate the sun’s energy onto the boiler, heating the water inside up to 540Â° C, or more than 1000Â° F.
- The SEDC plant includes more than 1,600 full-size glass mirrors (heliostats) and a 60 meter tall tower topped by a solar boiler.