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12 August 2022  | Israel’s renewable percentage of total energy production 9%

Renewable Energy R&D

Eilat-Eilot aims to serve as a showcase for cutting edge energy innovation.
The Eilat-Eilot region is a hub for developing and implementing clean-tech and clean energy.

Compressed Air Energy Storage

Installed in Kibbutz Yahel is a first of its kind in the world, compressed air energy storage facility. An air battery that uses air and water to store energy in a cheap and safe way and with 81% efficiency.

The batteries are large containers made of a unique polymer, which significantly lowers production and maintenance costs. The containers are stored underground in iron pipes with a layer of concrete above them.

The Yahel site consist of a 1MW project in 4 tanks of 250KW per hour each, and two more underground operating tanks. Each container has 123 kb. The air pressure in the tanks reaches up to 40 bar (up to 60 bar is possible).

Agro-Voltaic Testing

The agro-voltaic facility in the Arava, funded by the JNF Joint Institute for Global Food, Water and Energy Security, combines renewable energy genration with field crops. The installed capacity is about 8.5 kilowatts per 100 square meters. The field grow tomatoes, onions, wheat and corn according to the seasons and tests are made to see whether land can have a dual-use for both electricity production and growing food.

This experiment is performed in the Southern Arava R&D Center. 

Validation Center

In 2011 we established an experimental field and a verification center for renewable energies. 

The site, located in Kibbutz Ketura, is an essential station for project development, in that it provides all the operational and managerial needs of the projects. 

The experimental field and the verification center are a platform for accelerating projects in order to bring them from the theoretical planning and research phase to the production and export phase, in desert climatic conditions in preparation for the field.

Companies interested in using the space and tools offered by the center are welcome to contact us via: info@eilateilot.org

Past project

Solar Panel Cleaning Robotics

Ecopia develops advanced robotic solutions for cleaning solar panels in large solar installations completely automatically and without the use of water, to minimize loss of efficiency, caused by dust and sandstorms in desert areas.

Ecopia held their pre-market pilot in Israel’s first solar field in Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava, back in 2015.  Since the company has began its commercial stage and their products are available for purchase. 

Past project

Aora's Thermo-Solar Tower

Aora company thermo-solar tower was built in 2011 in the southern area of Kibbutz Samar in the Arava, and was based on research from Weizmann Institute of Science. This innovative facility towered to 30 meter high, with 30 heliostat mirrors on the surrounding ground. The mirrors directed sun rays to the head of the tower warming up the temperature to 1000 Celsius and up, operating a gas turbine generating 100KW electricity and 170KW heat.

This groundbreaking pilot was the first thermo-solar power plant in Israel and was connected to the national grid. Eventually PV prices dropped significantly, which turned PV to the most common solar technology used today. The tower suffered a fire back in 2017 and has been retired since.

מתקן תרמו סולארי של אאורה

Local Renewable Energy Research

With our encouragement and support, clean energy departments have been created in all regional organizations that deal with research, development and study of renewable energy.

Dead-Sea & Arava Science Center

The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center operates throughout Israel’s southern region of the Dead Sea and Arava, up to the city of Eilat, an area that covers 20% of the territory of the State of Israel. There are four local authorities in this area: Megilot, Tamar, Arava Tichona and the Eilot region.

Arava Institute

The Arava Institute promotes research and environmental-applied projects in collaboration with researchers and organizations in the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

The center deals with a variety of topics: agriculture in extreme climates, herbs, renewable energy, water resource management, sewage treatment, water desalination, mapping the biological diversity in the area, protection of natural resources and more.

The Center for Development at the Institute translates the innovative research into practical technological solutions.