13 MayMechanical Engineering Graduate SeminarAdvances in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies
Advances in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies
  • Dr. Omar Behar, hosetd by Prof. William Roberts
  • University of Concepcion (UdeC), Chile
  • Monday, May 13, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Building 9, Lecture Hall 2
2019-05-13T12:002019-05-13T13:00Asia/RiyadhAdvances in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologiesBuilding 9, Lecture Hall 2Emmanuelle Sougrat


Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil exporter in the world, making its economy vastly sensitive to the vagaries and fluctuations of the global oil market. To save fossil fuels for future generations and prepares Saudi Arabia for tomorrow, it is essential that a part of the electric power must come from renewable origins, in particular, the Solar energy. We all know that solar energy is an abundant energy source. Indeed, all of the accessible coal, oil, and gas resources amount to the same energy that the Sun shines on us in 20 days. The use of solar energy in Saudi Arabia is the best solution after the dusk of the fossil fuel era. Solar power can be harnessed by the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a receiver. This presentation aims to highlight different Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies and presents the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Concentrated Solar Power and Technology.


Dr. Omar Behar is a post-doctoral fellow at the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC-Chile) and the University of Concepcion (UdeC), Chile. He was working for PROMES-CNRS (France) on the modeling and simulation of high-temperature solar power systems. Over the past 10 years, he has focused his research on solar radiation modeling, Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), thermodynamic power conversion cycles and the integration of solar energy into industrial processes. He participated in several research projects such as PEGASE (France), Next-CSP (Europe) and CORFO (Chile). He recently started some projects on the integration of solar energy into the mining industry (particularly Copper, Iron, and Lithium). He received the degree of Engineer of State in Mechanical engineering from the University of Boumerdes, Faculty of Hydrocarbons and Chemistry (Algeria), a Magister degree in Renewable Energies from the National Polytechnics School (Algeria), a degree of Specialized Engineer in Petroleum Mechanic from the Algerian Petroleum Institute (IAP-Sonatrach) and a master degree in project management (PMBOK) from INPED. 
To date, Dr. Omar Behar published fifteen journal articles and many conference papers. He is currently the Coordinator/Editor of UNESCO-EOLSS 6.107a. Concentrated Solar Power Systems, which is the major section in integrated Theme “Solar Cogeneration with Desalination (Combined Heat and Power) of UNESCO's Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). He was recently awarded the best 2016 CDER quality scientific production Award. 


  • Emmanuelle Sougrat