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High Intensity Solar Energy Facility to Be Constructed in Israel by 1987

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The Weizman Institute of Science at Rehovot will be breaking ground next week for construction of the Canadian Institute for the Energies and Applied Research which is designed to carry out important work on the use of high-temperature solar energy.

Scheduled for completion in 1987, the facility will provide high intensity solar energy and high temperatures, concentrating solar energy in large amounts. It will be unique in Israel and will have only one other counterpart elsewhere — in the U.S.

The concentration of solar energy and its delivery at high power will be achieved by using 63 large mirrors, each 56 square meters in area, which will reflect and focus the sun’s radiation onto experimental targets. At peak operation, the total reflected power will reach 3,000 kilowatts of thermal energy.

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