Israel’s Brenmiller Energy said on Monday it would build a 300 million shekel ($77.27 million) solar-power field using an energy-storage technology that will generate electricity for about 20 hours a day.
The 10-megawatt field, to be built on about 110 acres (45 hectares) in the desert town of Dimona in southern Israel, will combine existing solar thermal technology with an underground system that stores heat for use at night.
Brenmiller Energy said it hoped to complete the field in early 2017 and would then sell electricity through the grid. During the four hours of the day in which solar energy is insufficient, the company said it would use biomass to produce power.
The company already has a working proof-of-concept for the storage system.
A spokesman said Brenmiller Energy would fund the 10-megawatt project itself, in part to help promote the system to clients worldwide.
Brenmiller was a cofounder and chief executive of Solel Solar, a producer of concentrated solar-power fields that was bought by Siemens in 2009 for $418 million.