Omar Behar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Omar’s research interests focus on concentrated solar thermal technologies. The research goals are to: evaluate the performance of a high flux solar simulator, develop a solar ammonia cracker, and improve the performance of a CPVT collector.

Selected Publications

  1. Which is the most competitive solar power technology for integration into the existing copper mining plants: Photovoltaic (PV), Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), or hybrid PV-CSP?
    Omar Behar, Daniel Sbarbaro, Luis Moran
    Journal of cleaner production. 2021 ; 287 : 125455
  2. A practical methodology for the design and costs estimation of solar power tower plants
    Omar Behar, Daniel Sbarbaro, Luis Moran
    Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8708
  3. A modified numerical integration method to calculate the view factor between finite and infinite cylinders in arbitrary array
    Chuan Jiang, Jun Wang, Omar Behar, Cyril Caliot, Yaoming Zhang, Gilles Flamant
    Annals of Nuclear Energy 142; 2020: 107358
  4. Design and performance of a modular combined cycle solar power plant using the fluidized particle solar receiver technology
    Omar Behar, Benjamin Grange, Gilles Flamant
    Energy Conversion and Management 220; 2020: 113108
  5. A simplified methodology to estimate solar irradiance and atmospheric turbidity from ambient temperature and relative humidity
    Omar Behar, Daniel Sbarbaro, Luis Moran
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 116; 2019: 109310
  6. Solar thermal power plants - A review of configurations and performance comparison
    Omar Behar
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018; 92: 608-627
  7. An improved model for predicting the performance of parabolic trough solar collectors
    Belkacem Agagna, Arezki Smaili, Omar Behar
    International Journal of Energy Research 2018; 42(14): 4512-4521
  8. A novel parabolic trough solar collector model – Validation with experimental data and comparison to Engineering Equation Solver (EES)
    Omar Behar, Abdeallah Khellaf, Kamal Mohammedi
    Energy Conversion and Management 2015; 106: 268–281
  9. A review of studies on central receiver solar thermal power plants
    Omar Behar, A. Khellaf, K. Mohammedi
    Renewable and Sustainable energy reviews 2013; 23: 12–39


  • Doctor of Engineering, Mechanical engineering, UMBB, Algeria, 2016
  • Magister degree, Renewable energies, ENP, Algeria, 2010
  • Specialized engineer in petroleum mechanic, IAP, Algeria, 2010
  • Engineer degree, mechanical engineering, UMBB, Algeria, 2007

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral fellow, CCRC/KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, SERC-Chile/UDEC, Concepcion, Chile
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral researcher, PROMES/CNRS, Font Romeu, France
  • 2009-2016: Engineer, ENGTP/SONATRACH, Hassi Messaoud, Algeria


• Le prix de qualité de la production scientifique (The best quality scientific production), Center for the Development of Renewable Energies (CDER) 2016. 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Concentrating Solar Power Solar Radiation Modeling Thermodynamic Cycles Hybrid Solar Thermal PV Sola Ammonia Cracking Solar Radiation Hybrid Solar Energy Systems