The goal of the BGU Energy Initiative is to develop innovative solutions to the world’s energy challenges. With proven track records in renewable liquid fuels, solar energy, nuclear energy, fuel cells, energy efficiency, and energy economics, scientists are creating commercially viable renewable energy sources.
A technology for the production of jet fuel developed from vegetable oils is ready for commercialization. Molecular biologists are exploring how to extract energy from bacteria. Others are re-designing nuclear reactors, and improving energy-efficient architecture.
BGU’s Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development is a partner in the Israeli Center of Excellence on Solar Liquids, focused on developing liquid fuels from a variety of feedstocks. Production of biofuels from microalgae is a central research aim at the Landau Family Microalgal Biotechnology Laboratory, which is developing biotechnologies for mass production of microalgae for various commercial purposes. Other BGU researchers are creating synthetic gas, a carbon-neutral feedstock for liquid fuels. One group is working on creating alternative fuel for cars from recycled tires.
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From the development of optics for concentrating sunlight to the physics of dust removal from solar surfaces, to the production of organic, inexpensive photovoltaic cells, BGU researchers are at the forefront of solar energy research.
At the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center, scientists are experts in concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) that focus light—up to 15,000 suns — into small, highly efficient photovoltaic (PV) modules. At the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, researchers are exploring new PV materials.
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Car engines waste 70 percent of incoming energy as heat, mostly expelled by their exhaust systems. BGU’s Laboratory of Thermoelectrics collaborates with major players in the auto industry, including Rolls-Royce and Jaguar, to minimize energy loss by channeling heat into electricity to help run the car.
Aside from being environmentally friendly, the benefits of thermoelectric power generation and cooling include high reliability; silent and vibration-free operation; minimal maintenance and lifecycle costs; and the absence of compressed gasses and chemicals.
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