THE FIRST SOLAR GRADIENT POND WAS DISCOVERED IN 1902 IN HUNGARY.  BY 1966 TEMPERATURES OF 90OC WERE ACHIEVED.  ORMAT OF ISRAEL SOLVED THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN MANAGING LARGE PONDS AT EIN BOQEQ, ON THE DEAD SEA, WHERE THEY EMPLACED A 5 MWE ELECTRICITY GENERATING PLANT USING POND ENERGY IN 1980.  THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO(UTEP), HAS FURTHER REFINED POND OPERATIONS, AND THE INSTITUTE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH UTEP MAKES THESE ADVANCES AVAILABLE TO IT.
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