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BGU and U of Michigan Partner on Renewable Energies

BGU and U of Michigan Partner on Renewable Energies

March 14, 2013

Alternative Energy

At the memorandum of understanding signing in Ann Arbor. Front row: BGU Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Moti Herskowitz and U-M Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest. Back row: BGU President Rivka Carmi and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. (Photo: Steven Franklin)

At the memorandum of understanding signing in Ann Arbor. Front row: BGU Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Moti Herskowitz and U-M Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest. Back row: BGU President Rivka Carmi and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. (Photo: Steven Franklin)

The Times of Israel — After five years of visits to Israel, Professor Stephen Forrest, vice president for research at the University of Michigan (U-M) and one of the top materials scientists in the world, decided that Israel is where the entrepreneurial action is.

As a result of his efforts, U-M and BGU will be partnering to develop renewable technologies. A memorandum of understanding to establish the partnership was signed on March 7, 2013 by Prof. Forrest and Prof. Moti Herskowitz BGU’s vice president and dean for research and development.

BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman were in attendance at the signing ceremony in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The partnership aims to bring together thinkers from both schools to solve major challenges in the areas of advanced vehicle fuels, solar energy and thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity.

BGU has been at the forefront of energy research for more than 30 years, making it a natural partner for U-M on this project.

Prof. Forrest said he expected that solar energy researchers from Israel, for example, might approach problems with more applied perspective than some American researchers, and together these cultures could produce breakthroughs.

“We look forward to collaborating with the U-M researchers on the challenging issues related to renewable energy,” says Prof. Herskowitz.

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