ATS Environmental Engineering Breakthroughs

Environmental engineering

Professor Gideon Grader, Founding Director, Grand Technion Energy Program and Dean, Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering, discusses using solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel on demand.

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

  • Electricity and Hydrogen from Bacteria: Technion researchers developed a way to harvest usable energy from a family of bacteria common to lakes, seas and many other habitats.

  • Water from the Air: Technion researchers have developed a model for a system that separates the moisture naturally present in the air around us and converts it into drinking water.

  • Good for Animals, Good for Environment: In addition to avoiding the slaughter of animals, beef engineered in the lab uses less land and water and generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Startup Aleph Farms, a leader in the so-called Clean Meat movement, was founded on Technion technology.

  • Nanotechnology for Plant Nutrition: Technology developed at the Technion is expected to significantly increase agricultural yields. This will be achieved using a nanometric transport platform previously used for medical purposes. The technology increases the penetration rate of nutrients into the plant from 1% to approximately 33%.

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.

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