Renewable Energy Lab
The Boris Mints Institute Renewable Energy 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
Assaf Hochman, Graduating BMI Fellow
Academic Advisors: Prof. Pinhas Alpert, Department of Earth Sciences, and Prof. Hadas Saaroni, Faculty of Exact Sciences
Mr. Hochman’s research demonstrates that local dimension and persistence, derived from reanalysis and CMIP5 models’ daily sea-level pressure fields, can serve as an objective quantitative method for evaluating the predictability of different Synoptic Classifications (SC). These metrics, combined with the SC transitional probability approach, are shown to be valuable to operational weather forecasts and climate model evaluation. This perspective can be extended to other geographic regions. By the end of the 21st century the duration of the synoptic summer, characterized by the occurrence of the Persian Trough, is expected to lengthen by 49%, while the synoptic winter, characterized by the occurrence of the Cyprus Low, is expected to shorten by 56%. This may lead to substantial changes in the hydrological regime and water resources, reduce the potential of dry farming, increase the risk of fires and air pollution, and change the timing of seasonal health hazards.
Tanzania Project : Potable Water and Solar Energy for the People of Minjingu
The project is supported by BMI, the TAU Renewable Energy Center and the Institute for Water Research.
Provide power supply using an off grid photo-voltaic system to Medical Center in the province of Nkaiti.
Supply clean drinking water to the medical center Nkaiti .
Supply clean drinking water to one high school in the Nkaiti province.
The Third Energy Revolution: Regulatory Intervention, Market Forces and Disruptive Innovation Factors
Gil Barnea, BMI Fellow
Academic Advisor: Professor Itai Sened, Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies and Head of BMI
Global warming brings significant challenges to the global community, potentially altering all aspects of life on the planet. The UN’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is ambitious and depends on a successful global transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbon emissions emanate mostly from electricity generation, transportation - air, road, and sea – industry, and agriculture.
Carbon emissions emanate mostly from electricity generation, transportation - air, road, and sea – industry, and agriculture. New economies must integrate environmentally friendly technologies into the current energy and transportation sectors for this plan to succeed. The diffusion rate of new technologies, such as renewable energy sources and reduced transportation pollution, is a central issue. Small improvements in current technologies are insufficient to meet the UN’s ambitious goals. Radical and novel technologies are necessary to achieve the desired change.
Hadar Traugott, BMI Fellow
Academic Advisors: Prof. Alexander Liberzon, School of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Alexander Golberg, Porter School of Environmental and Earth Science
Intensified Off-Shore Production of Biomass (Macro-Algae) for Bio-Energy: Mixing and Nutrients Transport Studies
Cultivation of marine macro-algae is a potentially sustainable resource for fuel, food, and chemicals. This study focuses on the effect of turbulent hydrodynamic conditions on the metabolism of Ulva species macro-algae, which is known for its high potential yields, protein, and carbohydrate content. Previous research has shown that the hydrodynamic conditions are a fundamental factor influencing macro-algae growth rate and chemical composition.
Development of a method for extracting spatial photon recycling efficiency of solar energy conversion devices.
Tamir Yeshurun, BMI Fellow
Academic Advisor:Dr. Gideon Segev, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Physical Electronics Department
For the past five months, we have designed an experiment for measuring the photon recycling efficiency for characterizing materials and devices for solar energy conversion. To define the requirements and components’ properties, we preformed preliminary experiments on an InP wafer. Using the results, we then compared and searched different possible instruments and products that are suitable for the experimental demands. For the next year, after setting up the experiment, we plan to measure and extract spatial photon recycling efficiency of different materials and various solar devices, while improving the experimental technique.