Navigation Links
Ben-Gurion U. part of expert consortium to create Israeli Renewable Energy Center
Date:7/7/2011

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, July 7, 2011 -- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) will be part of a new consortium designated by the Israel Council for Higher Education that will be creating the Israeli Center for Research Excellence (I-CORE) focusing on renewable energies.

The group of 27 senior researchers will include nine researchers from Ben-Gurion University who are leaders in production of biomass; photo-catalysis of CO2 and water to fuels; gasification of biomass; and production of liquid fuels from biomass and mixtures of CO2 and water. The Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science are partners in the consortium.

The BGU team is led by Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Moti Herskowitz, and Prof. Sammy Boussiba, director of the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands. Prof. Herskowitz, a chemical engineer and director of the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development researches cutting-edge alternative fuels. Prof. Boussiba is world-renowned in the field of algae biotechnology and leads several major European FP7 projects.

The group also includes BGU Prof. Dr. Taleb Mokari, who was recently awarded a grant from the European Commission for 1.5 million euros to further his groundbreaking work in photovoltaic nanomaterials.

The I-CORE program areas that BGU researchers are involved in are:

  • Development of plants, algae and cyanobacteria genetically selected or engineered for large-scale production of energy-rich biomass as a biofuel feedstock.

  • Efficient and cost-effective direct conversion of solar energy into liquid fuels by photoelectrolytic and photocatalytic water splitting and CO2 reduction.

  • Non-catalytic conversion of low-grade biomass of any type into a mixture of H2 and CO2 that will serve as a feedstock for liquid fuel production by a catalytic process.

  • Development of catalysts and catalytic processes for sustainable and environmentally friendly liquid fuel production from a variety of feedstock materials.

"We are excited that BGU's world renowned renewable energy experts are working together with other Israeli researchers to help develop viable alternative energy alternatives," explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. "We are optimistic that innovations that emanate from our research initiatives will solve future energy problems."

Sponsored by the Israel Science Foundation and the Council of Higher Education, I-CORE's goal is to develop a series of national research centers of excellence to strengthen Israel's role as a world leader in scientific research and stem the brain drain that has led to thousands of Israeli scientists working abroad for lack of opportunity.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrew Lavin
andrewlavin@alavin.com
516-944-4486
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers help find that hypnosis can induce synesthesia
2. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to host
3. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers develop new reversible, green window technology
4. Ben-Gurion University engineers develop technique to help combat nuclear proliferation
5. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev signs collaborative contract with Bayer CropScience
6. Ben-Gurion University research and technology used in new solar energy farm
7. Ben-Gurion U. researchers reveal connection between cancer and human evolution
8. 1 in 6 health workers wont report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers
9. Ben-Gurion U. developing new computer techniques to analyze historic Hebrew and Arabic documents
10. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev technology being developed for use in Jordan desalination plant
11. Ben-Gurion University Alzheimers researcher demonstrates specific immune response to vaccine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/26/2016)... LONDON , April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: ... partnership to integrate the Onegini mobile security platform ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151104/283829LOGO ) The integration ... security to access and transact across channels. Using ...
(Date:4/14/2016)... Israel , April 14, 2016 ... Authentication and Malware Detection, today announced the appointment of ... assumed the new role. Goldwerger,s leadership appointment ... on the heels of the deployment of its platform ... BioCatch,s behavioral biometric technology, which discerns unique cognitive and ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... 23, 2016 ... Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern     ... MESG ), ein führender Anbieter digitaler ... mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals dessen Biometrietechnologie ... die Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen mobiler Apps ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... FireflySci has been manufacturing quartz and glass ... the globe. Their cute firefly logo has been spreading to more and more ... calibration standards that never require recalibration. These revolutionary standards have changed many ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... The Ankle ... plating options designed to address fractures of the distal tibia and fibula. This ... Acumed Ankle Plating System 3 is composed of seven plate families that span ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Scientists at the University of Athens say they have ... be hampering the research that could lead to one good one. Surviving Mesothelioma has ... now. , The team evaluated 98 mesothelioma patients who got a ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company ... granted the company’s orphan drug designation request covering BHV-4157 for the treatment of ... the FDA. , Spinocerebellar ataxia is a rare, debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that ...
Breaking Biology Technology: