Renewable Energy Lab
The lab supports research in various fields of renewable Energy throughout TAU, looking for innovative ways for extending and enhancing the use and effectivity of RE.
Analysis of large-scale climate time-series and their downscaling over the Eastern Mediterranean
Ph.D. Student Assaf Hochman
Assaf is currently a PhD student at under the supervision of Prof. Pinhas Alpert and Prof. Hadas Saaroni. Assaf's Current areas of interest are renewable energy, climate change, and adaptation to climate change. His specific focus is on Eastern Mediterranean coastal climate variability with special emphasis on wind variability in the 21st century. Assaf has recently presented his findings in Grenoble, France, European Research Course on Atmospheres (ERCA): “Downscaling Eastern Mediterranean coastal atmospheric variables for present and future scenarios” and in Athens, Greece, MedCLIVAR: "Reconstruction of winter temperature in Jerusalem and the probability of Wavelet Analysis to detect periodicities in climatic time series".
Off-shore biorefinery for the biofuel production
Ph.D. Student Hadar Traugott
Hadar completed a M.Sc. in mechanical engineering in the field of fluid dynamics, at the Tel Aviv University. Since then has worked as a researcher at ICL (Dead Sea Works) R&D. Hadar's Ph.D. research focuses on the subject of "Off shore biorefinery for the biofuel production" under the supervision of Prof. A. Liberzon and Dr. A. Golberg. The goal of the research is to develop tools and technologies to increase the net energy return of offshore biorefineries for biomass production. Current strategies for food production and renewable energy generation rely heavily on the classic land based agriculture. However, land availability is the limiting factor.
Emerging Technologies and the Transportation Sector Revolution
BMI Fellow Gil Barnea
In the modern era, new technologies are created on day-to-day basis and it is important to follow up on their different ways and rates of adoption in different countries. This research focuses on the transport sector, since an analysis of the global market of the adoption of new variations of transport is of immense importance. Electric and other alternative fuels, such as biofuel and fuel cells are rapidly taking over the market, giving signs towards a future end of the petrol era. The generally accepted understanding, based on the existing policy frameworks, indicates that the global transport sector must contribute about one-fifth of the total reduction of GHG emissions from energy use by 2050. We can assume that eventually, on a global scale, only one engine/fuel type will be able to fully emerge, due to global regulations and adoption around the world. Hybrids are being produced by many companies worldwide, and it seems as the future of the vehicles is right around the corner.
Nonetheless, even one of the most efficient technologies currently available - electric vehicles, still has an issue, as it requires charging points to be present in many various locations, which would be problematic to provide, especially since the government is not active in promoting new vehicle types. The main question the world is facing, as the revolution of the sector is already inevitable, is which one of the technologies will be accepted so widely, that it would outcompete every other invention presented. Norway is currently the leading country in the world in either electric or hybrid cars, Europe can be dominant in the new emerging market, as other countries like Germany are starting to wake up on this phenomenon, yet China and Japan are making huge efforts towards being big in the market too. The EU must develop the industry in the market, in order to allow the transition towards new vehicles to come to mass consumption. The future will rely on alternatively fuelled vehicles and this analysis shows how.