The Center for Renewable Energy

Center Head: Prof. Yossi Rosenwaks from The Faculty of Engineering.
The Porter School of Environmental Studies, together with seven mainly faculties - Exact Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Management, Social Science and Humanities, established a Research Center for Renewable Energy that will tackle and seek solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the planet today. TAU has an outstanding potential in the field of renewable energy, with more than 55 senior faculty members.
Israel's greatest asset when it comes to renewable energy is the sun. Covering just 8% of the Negev desert with photovoltaic systems – which are able to turn solar energy into electricity - would be enough to supply all of Israel's energy needs. And yet the country currently faces two obstacles in implementing this solution: the lack of technology to allow the storage of solar energy and the enormous technical adjustments that would have to be made in Israel's existing electricity infrastructure.


The Center for Renewable Energy servers as a platform as well as a supportive environment for Tel Aviv University researchers who are trying to meet these challenges by developing new technologies.


At the Center for Renewable Energy researchers from across the TAU campus find a common goal and new opportunities for collaboration. The Center holds international conventions, offers funding for selected research projects and works to recruit the finest young minds in Israel for the cause of renewable energy research.


The Center works to establish advanced laboratories in the fields of energy storage, solar energy and biomass fuel and is currently overseeing a national study on the electric car in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University. It also focuses on increasing public awareness of the need for renewable energy sources and promoting the issue in the public arena.

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