Prof. David Faiman is the Director of the National Solar Energy Centre at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at the University’s Sede Boqer campus and one of the world’s veterans in solar energy research. Prof. Faiman realised that one of the greatest challenges in harnessing solar energy is that the panels used to collect sunlight
are cumbersome, expensive, and do not produce enough energy to make them worthwhile. Prof. Faiman overcame this by developing a solar panel that is small, cheaper and can concentrate solar energy to a level 1000 times more powerful than natural sunlight. These panels are now the basis for a commercial solar farm at Kibbutz Yavne. Prof. Faiman is chair of the Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics and is an expert in solar radiation, solar energy conversion systems, solar devices and materials, photovoltaic conversion and solar-thermal conversion.
More information on Prof. Faiman's research here.