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Saft gets multi-million battery contract from BrightSource solar project in Israel

Ivanpah - another CSP complex in California by BrightSource, NRG and Google. Author: Bill & Vicki T. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

September 30 (SeeNews) - French group Saft (EPA:SAFT) today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Tadiran Batteries has won a multi-million euro contract to supply rechargeable energy packs to an Israel-based solar power project of BrightSource Energy Inc.

Under the contract, Tadiran, which specialises in the development of lithium batteries for industrial use, will provide rechargeable energy packs to power more than 50,000 controllable mirrors – called heliostats which are being deployed at the Ashalim solar thermal power station, located in the Israeli desert. 

When completed, the Ashalim power plant will have a total power generating capacity of 121 MW, enough to meet the electricity needs of more than 120,000 local homes, according to calculations of the developer.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery systems of Tadiran will help eliminate expensive cabling and wiring that would otherwise be required to power the heliostat motors and control modules, Saft said in a statement, adding that the TLI Series to be deployed on site has been specifically designed for long term use under rough desert conditions.

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