Siemens is in advanced talks to sell its solar panel factory in Beit Shemesh to Spain's Abengoa, 18 months after Siemens announced that it was getting out of the solar energy business.
Siemens is firing 75% of the 200 employees at its concentrated solar power plant in Beit Shemesh, after failing to find a buyer for it.
Avi Brenmiller, who founded and ran Solel Solar Systems, and made $40 million on the sale of the thermosolar panels manufacturer to Siemens AG, wants to buy back the company.
Siemens is holding talks with potential buyers of its solar thermal energy and photovoltaics units, the Munich-based company said in a statement today.
Siemens announced at the SolarPACES conference in Marrakech the release of a new solar receiver, the UVAC 6G (Universal Vacuum Air Collector), which further increases thermal heat production for CSP plants.
The concentrated solar power plant will use parabolic trough technology and solar thermal storage using molten salts.
The concentrating solar thermal power order was placed by Abengoa for its 150 megawatt (MW) solar hybrid plant operating at the Hassi R'Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria.
Siemens Energy has been awarded an order for the Megha parabolic trough concentrating solar thermal power plant to be built in Andhra Pradesh, near Hyderabad, India.
Siemens has won an order from Shiram EPC Limited to supply 17,000 of its UVAC 2010 solar thermal receivers to a 50 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in India.
Effective February 1, 2012, Shmuel Fledel (58) will become CEO of the Concentrated Solar Power Business Unit in the Solar & Hydro Division of Siemens Energy.
Siemens Energy has been awarded three solar energy orders by different customers to supply a total of four steam turbine generator units for concentrated solar power plants in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
To date, Siemens has sold more than 50 steam turbines for CSP plants. Over 80 percent of the Spanish parabolic trough-type CSP plants already or coming online are powered by Siemens turbines.
Jordan and Israel are planning to build on a large concentrating solar thermal power plant on their border, Israeli press said Monday.