The negev radiation survey

David Faiman, Daniel Feuermann, Peter Ibbetson, Bryan Medwed, Amos Zemel, Amiran Ianetz, Vera Liubansky, Ilan Setter, Samuel Suraqui

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We present a summary of the principal findings in an ongoing, multiyear, survey of the solar radiation resource and assōciated meteorological parameters in Israel's Negev Desert. The summary addresses calibration and monitoring issues, the format in which the annual results are published, availability of the data, and some of the more interesting results observed to date. In particular, we quantify the large variability observed in the direct beam radiation across neighboring sites. The year-to-year variation in this radiation component is also considerable. The variation in the global horizontal radiation is much smaller. Two practical examples are given of uses to which the Negev Radiation Survey has been put: Site selection for a proposed 500 MW solar-thermal power plant; and an estimation of the potential photovoltaic value of rooftops in the major cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-914
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2004


  • Direct Beam
  • Global
  • Negev Desert
  • Site Selection of
  • Solar Power Plants
  • Solar Radiation
  • Variations of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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