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Israeli solar company MST announced on Tuesday that it had connected its first system to the national power grid to produce 50KW of electricity, making it the first Israeli firm to deploy blue and white technology in the field.
While 50KW of electricity is not much by national standards, it demonstrates that the company has moved out of the testing phase and into production.
MST was founded in 2002 by Dov Raviv, commonly known as the father of
the Arrow antiballistic missile. Its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV)
system uses mirrors that move with the sun to concentrate its rays on
solar panels, thus boosting their efficiency. The company said it had
reached 24.5 percent overall efficiency during almost a year of testing
in the field – about 10-12% more than standard solar PV panels.
idea behind CPV is to take up less land than PV and achieve higher
efficiency for the panels. MST pointed out that because its system is on
trackers that are raised above the ground, the land could be used for
agricultural production at the same time.
There are a few other
Israeli companies working in the CPV field, such as Zenith Solar, at
varying levels of product testing.
Rehovot-based MST deployed its
first system in the southern city of Arad, and plans to build a
manufacturing facility in the North.
“The system constitutes a
breakthrough in the field and industry” Raviv said in a statement. “Our
near-term goals and next steps include building a production line of MST
systems in the North of Israel with a production capacity of 75MW per
The production facility will also create 300 direct jobs.
production capacity will give us the ability to have competitive prices
in the global solar market with our cutting-edge technology.”
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