The Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage System is an 110,000kW energy storage project located in Ramat Hovav, South, Israel.

The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2013 and was commissioned in 2019.


The Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage System was developed by Abengoa Solar and Shikun & Binui . The project is owned by Abengoa Solar (50%), a subsidiary of Abengoa and Shikun & Binui (50%).

The key applications of the project are renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

Abengoa Solar and Shikun & Binui have delivered the project.

Additional information

The AshalimThermo Solar Power Plant comprises the design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of a concentrated solar power (“CSP”) plant with a net capacity of 110 megawatt (“MW”) in the Negev Desert in Israel.

About Abengoa Solar

Abengoa Solar SA (Abengoa Solar), a subsidiary of Abengoa SA is an alternative energy company that offers solar power generation solutions. The company develops, builds and operates commercial concentrating solar power and photovoltaic power plants. It offers management services in the development, design, engineering, procurement and construction of parabolic trough, tower solar thermal plants and PV plants; design, manufacture and marketing of components for solar plants developed both within abengoa solar and in collaboration with partners; and others. Abengoa Solar also provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) turnkey services of its solar thermal and photovoltaic plants. The company operates in the US, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Algeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, India and Australia. Abengoa Solar is headquartered in Seville, Spain.

About Shikun & Binui

Shikun & Binui Ltd (Shikun & Binui), formerly Housing & Construction Holding Co Ltd, is an infrastructure and real estate group engaged in the development of infrastructure, real estate, water and energy projects. The company offers services which include engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, water and sewage plants, hydroelectric and thermal power stations, asphalt and cement mixture plants, offices and residential buildings; operations and maintenance of various facilities; construction and concessions.Shikun & Binui is also involved in financing and operation of ventures in the fields of transportation infrastructure, ecology, water purification and desalination and international project development. The group operates in Israel, Africa, Central America, Asia and Europe. Shikun & Binui is headquartered in Lod, Israel.


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