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The Megalim Solar Thermal Power Station, located in Ashalim, in the "Ramat Negev" desert, is one of the largest projects of its type in the world. It is also the first solar thermal or concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Israel. This power station is made up of three plots, each with different solar technology, and should generate a total of around 310 MW energy need. Specifically, the Ashalim solar tower provides 121 MW of electricity. It is the largest renewable energy project in Israel and the 5th one in the world.

The project includes 50,600 computer-controlled heliostats with a surface area of over 20 m2 and spread across an area of over 3 km2. The heliostats track the sun in two axes and concentrate sunlight to a steam boiler on top of a tower generating high-temperature steam and high-pressure which is then piped to a turbine to produce electricity. The solar thermal energy systems generate power the same way as traditional power plants by creating hightemperature steam to turn a turbine. However, instead of using fossil fuels or nuclear power to create steam, Megalim uses the sun’s energy. General Electric acts as the main partner (EPC) with responsibility for the construction of the station, and BrightSource Energy as the responsible for the solar field and control system technologies.

In this power plant, FERBECK has been awarded an EPC contract related to the 250-meter-high solar tower by General Electric.


  • Type of plant
    121 MW Ashalim solar thermal power station
  • Owner
    Megalim Solar Power Ltd.
  • Contractor
    General Electric


  • Year
    Completed in 2017
  • Shape
    Square cylinder to cylinder
  • Height
  • Outer Ø
    24.8m (top)
  • Dimension
    36.4m x 26m

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