AORA, an Israeli energy company, has designed a new breed of solar-powered energy production. Instead of the traditional flat solar panels, it’s using tulip-shaped towers to concentrate solar energy into a high-temperature gas. The resulting energy is enough to power entire communities.
Their newest plant has just opened in the Andalusian desert of Spain. The tower’s 50 mirrors reflect the sun’s rays into the top center of the tower (the tulip petals) which heats the interior to 1,830 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme heat moves through a combustion chamber that powers a turbine, which in turn produces electricity.
Environmentally friendly, modular and scalable, the design can be customized to fit the energy demands of communities of all sizes. And although it’s still in testing, AORA’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Pinchas Doron, would like to see the technology eventually become commonplace:
“We want to have flowers basically wherever there is sufficient sun and where people need not just electricity, but an energy solution.”