The BGU Energy Initiative
May 15, 2012
The BGU Energy Initiative is bringing together multidisciplinary groups in emerging fields of energy research and development (R&D) from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to create strategies for developing alternative and renewable energy sources. The faculty members are at the vanguard of Israel’s research community, working at the national level to advance energy independence.
The groups encompass some 40 researchers from Ben-Gurion University who focus on five areas: alternative and renewable fuels, solar energy, fuel cells, energy efficiency, and energy economics.
“Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has been at the forefront of energy research for more than 30 years with an emphasis on the development of novel concepts and applications,” says Prof. Moti Herskowitz, vice president and dean for research and development.
Additionally, BGU is a leading member of the Israeli Center for Research Excellence in the field of renewable liquid fuels, and works with industry leaders to find cost-effective solutions to secure Israel’s future energy sources.
Prof. Herskowitz guides the initiative and is responsible for facilitating all fundamental and applied aspects of R&D. He is a former chair of the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and has many patents that deal with novel renewable and clean fuels, as well as processes for their production. Herskowitz also heads the nation’s Committee on Energy R&D, which is part of the Israel National Council for R&D.