BrightSource: Another Israeli Company Changing The World

UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Friday, February 14 2014:

*Do you remember how PM Benjamin Netanyahu made a nauseating deal with John Kerry and the Palestinians to release 104 Palestinian terrorist murderers–78 of which are already walking the streets again free to kill and terrorize Israelis?

Do you remember how the Palestinian part of the deal was that the Palestinians would not take unilateral diplomatic steps against Israel? In particular, do you remember how the Palestinians promised that they would not go to the United Nations to undertake any steps against Israel?

Well, as everyone knows, Palestinian promises are absolutely worthless.

Yesterday, the Palestinians filed a petition at UNESCO (the Education, Science, and Culture Organiztion of the United Nations) to put the area of Battir on the list of “international heritage sites in danger.” Battir is an area through which the separation fence runs–the fence that has been extraordinarily successful in stopping Palestinian suicide bombers.

Of course, no one is surprised at Palestinian perfidy–and no one, especially not John Kerry, condemns them for it. But what is outrageous is how Israel is expected to keep its promises. Given the Palestinians’ action at UNESCO, there is no way in the world that the final release of Palestinian terrorist murderers (now scheduled for March) should ever take place.


A long view of Ivanpah (all pictures in today's blog courtesy of Gizmodo).

A long view of Ivanpah (all pictures in today’s blog courtesy of Gizmodo).

The world’s largest solar energy field went into full operation yesterday. 

Note the three towers--at the top of which energy is being produced.

Note the three towers–at the top of which energy is being produced.

Covering 5 square miles of desert land on the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is able to produce 392 megawatts of solar power. This is enough electricity to power 140,000 California homes.

An view of Tower 1.

An view of Tower 1.

As a result of production of solar power, 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will not be produced which is the equivalent of the exhaust of  72,000 cars.

The core components of the solar power plant are 300,000, 7 ft high and 10 ft wide, mirrors which are controlled by computers to focus sunlight to the top of three 460 ft tall towers where water is turned into steam.  

A close up, night view, of one of the towers.

A close up view of one of the towers.

Ivanpah is jointly owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrightSource Energy. 

A final look at the heliostats (computer-controlled solar panels).

A final look at the heliostats (computer-controlled solar panels).

So you may ask, dear reader, why your humble servant is blogging about Ivanpah today? Simply because the real power behind Ivanpah is BrightSource, an Israeli start-up with 400 workers which is based in Jerusalem. 

BrightSource is not sitting on its laurels at Ivanpah; huge new projects are being built in China and in Israel’s Negev Desert.

BrightSource is just one more Israeli company that is making our world a better place.

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