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BGU Joins Thermal Energy Storage Consortium

BGU Joins Thermal Energy Storage Consortium

March 10, 2015

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will be part of an international academic, research and corporate consortium to create a Ph.D. program on thermal energy storage (TES) technologies.

TES stocks thermal energy by heating or cooling a storage medium so that the stored energy can be used at a later time for heating and cooling applications as well as power generation.

The goal is to educate professionals for research and industry institutions in this emerging field. BGU received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program to create the network that includes 14 universities, as well as research institutions and small companies. Together, they will design the program and implementation.

BGU is represented by its Heat Transfer Laboratory, headed by Prof. Gennady Ziskind of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. According to Prof. Ziskind, close research ties were developed with his European colleagues in the field of energy storage over the course of various European programs. “This new project is a product of those successful previous collaborations.”

The project is being implemented as part of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). SET-Plan establishes an energy technology policy for Europe designed to accelerate the development and deployment of cost-effective, low carbon technologies. Moreover, the SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap is intended to bring about a structural change in the EU educational landscape by enhanced integration and coordination of the business and research environments.

The partners will be the core of a future larger network of top research and development institutions and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities and student mobility.

At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, dozens of labs are examining all sorts of alternative energies from thermoelectrics to biofuels and solar. To learn more about BGU’s Energy Initiative visit www.aabgu.org/energy.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

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