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BGU Joins Thermal Energy Storage Consortium

BGU Joins Thermal Energy Storage Consortium

March 10, 2015

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will be part of an international academic, research and corporate consortium to create a Ph.D. program on thermal energy storage (TES) technologies.

TES stocks thermal energy by heating or cooling a storage medium so that the stored energy can be used at a later time for heating and cooling applications as well as power generation.

The goal is to educate professionals for research and industry institutions in this emerging field. BGU received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program to create the network that includes 14 universities, as well as research institutions and small companies. Together, they will design the program and implementation.

BGU is represented by its Heat Transfer Laboratory, headed by Prof. Gennady Ziskind of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. According to Prof. Ziskind, close research ties were developed with his European colleagues in the field of energy storage over the course of various European programs. “This new project is a product of those successful previous collaborations.”

The project is being implemented as part of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). SET-Plan establishes an energy technology policy for Europe designed to accelerate the development and deployment of cost-effective, low carbon technologies. Moreover, the SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap is intended to bring about a structural change in the EU educational landscape by enhanced integration and coordination of the business and research environments.

The partners will be the core of a future larger network of top research and development institutions and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities and student mobility.

At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, dozens of labs are examining all sorts of alternative energies from thermoelectrics to biofuels and solar. To learn more about BGU’s Energy Initiative visit www.aabgu.org/energy.


By supporting a world-class academic institution that not only nurtures the Negev, but also shares its expertise locally and globally, Americans for Ben-Gurion University engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world. David Ben-Gurion envisioned that Israel’s future would be forged in the Negev. The cutting-edge research carried out at Ben-Gurion University drives that vision by sustaining a desert Silicon Valley, with the “Stanford of the Negev” at its center. The Americans for Ben-Gurion University movement supports a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev desert.

About Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev embraces the endless potential we have as individuals and as a commonality to adapt and to thrive in changing environments. Inspired by our location in the desert, we aim to discover, to create, and to develop solutions to dynamic challenges, to pose questions that have yet to be asked, and to push beyond the boundaries of the commonly accepted and possible.

We are proud to be a central force for inclusion, diversity and innovation in Israel, and we strive to extend the Negev’s potential and our entrepreneurial spirit throughout the world. For example, the multi-disciplinary School for Sustainability and Climate Change at BGU leverages over 50 years of expertise on living and thriving in the desert into scalable solutions for people everywhere.

BGU at a glance:  

20,000 students | 800 senior faculty | 3 campuses | 6 faculties: humanities & social sciences, health sciences, engineering sciences, natural sciences, business & management, and desert research.


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