The negev radiation survey Academic Article uri icon


  • Israel, a country with a dearth of conventional energy resources, has a relatively long history of research into and utilization of solar energy. In addition to the ubiquitous employment of domestic solar water heaters for several decades, early work on selective surfaces 1, solar concentration 2, and organic Rankine engines 3 may be considered as the fore-runners of the Luz Corporation parabolic trough 4 and Ormat Corporation solar pond 5 multimegawatt solar-thermal power plants that were constructed in the 1980s. Now, 50% of the country is covered by the Negev Desert, a region with high insolation levels, relatively low population density except for a small number of cities, and large areas of land that cannot be used for conventional agricultural purposes. The Negev is therefore an ideal location for future solar power plants. These facts prompted the government of Israel to establish the Negev …

publication date

  • January 1, 2004