Because so much of Israel’s sustainable energy solutions start with researchers at the Technion’s Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute and the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program, the university is home to Israel’s national Solar Fuels I-CORE (Center of Excellence). Professor Raphael Semiat pioneered desalination technology that is used worldwide, while Professors Gideon Grader, Avner Rothschild and Lilac Amirav are leaders in alternative fuels, renewable energy sources and energy conservation. The Technion also started the first Israeli chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which brings sustainable energy projects to rural areas worldwide.
Israeli company Netafim pioneered drip irrigation with technology from Technion alumnus Rafi Mehoudar, and other graduates are creating promising innovations with great worldwide impact. Ran Korber and Ziv Lautman launched BreezoMeter to help people assess air quality. Oren Ezer, CEO of ElectRoad, is developing smart roads that would charge electric cars as they drive.
Breakthroughs in Environmental Engineering
Hydrogen on Demand: Technion researchers use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel safely and at the point of sale. Hydrogen fuel is extremely safe, easy to store, and its only byproduct is water.
Future Water Supplies: Complementing desalination with two new alternatives—storm water and gray water (relatively clean waste water from baths, sinks, appliances etc.).
ElectRoad Wants to Build Roads that Wirelessly Charge Your Car: Alumnus Oren Ezer is testing electric roads that would power electric cars wirelessly while they drive.
Click below to watch more videos about how the Technion is helping the environment:
A mission to find the cleanest place to live near Haifa led alumnus Ran Korber to co-found BreezoMeter.
Follow Technion Engineers Without Borders students into Ethiopia as they build a sustainable rainwater harvesting system for a village school.
Professor Avner Rothschild’s breakthrough makes it possible to store solar energy at nighttime or on cloudy days.