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BGU Professor Receives Climate Solutions Prize

BGU Professor Receives Climate Solutions Prize

January 30, 2024

Leadership, Awards & Events, Sustainability & Climate Change

Winners of the 2023 Climate Solutions Prize, including Prof. Menny Shalom from BGU

The Times of Israel — A $1 million climate solutions prize, now in its second year, has been awarded to the developers of three breakthrough technologies.

The CyanoCementation project uses cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria that absorbs carbon dioxide as it photosynthesizes. The integration of cyanobacteria into building materials has the potential to cut CO₂ emissions, as well as to produce a sticky material, or biofilm, that can replace less sustainable adhesives in cement.

Prof. Menny Shalom from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in southern Israel received a portion of the prize for his rechargeable zinc-air batteries — a possible future replacement for lithium-ion batteries.

Jeff Hart, the executive chair of the Climate Solutions Prize, said, “Once again, we have been inspired by the vision and ingenuity of the Israeli scientific community and the remarkable innovations in various Climate Tech fields.”

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