Energy Research and Development Department
The Chief Scientist Office has from its earliest days dealt with promoting original technologies by way of supporting academia and fledgling startup companies, while focusing on projects for obtaining energy from renewable sources, energy efficiency, etc.
R&D efforts assist in identifying and investigating alternatives which will contribute to reducing environmental damages involved in utilizing standard energy sources, and that will assist the State of Israel in complying with its obligations as mandated by international conventions dealing with environmental and climate-change issues.
- Supporting academia and research institutions so as to generate and promote innovative ideas and training professional personnel. For further information, click on the following link: Academic Projects
- Assisting Israeli startup companies within the energy industry, by way of subsidizing projects via the STARTERGY Foundation
- International Cooperation
- Promoting cooperation with the United States Government in applied R&D, and in financing projects via the BIRD and BSF Foundations.
- Facilitating EU-collaborations via EU Joint Research Centers (JRC) and via the Energy Commission of the Research and Development Program (FP7)
- Collaborations in IEA fora
- Promoting cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- Promoting bi-national cooperation with France
- Promoting collaboration with additional countries
- Supporting Ministerial enterprises for consolidating policies concerned with solar power plants, renewable energies, standardization, fuel alternatives, electrical vehicles, smart electricity networks, IDF’s Negev relocation, oil shales, etc.
- Developing software that will reform energy-preserving construction standards, so that these may contain parameters that may be qualitatively and obligatorily evaluated.
- Collaboration with MOITAL in matters of renewable energy: instruction courses, professional training and the establishment of a technological center
- Collaborative research with the Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of reducing energy expenses within the Israeli economy
- Consolidating standards and issuing industrial permits in accordance with the Encouragement of Renewable Energy Investments Law Amendment
- Supporting professional conferences
Following is a short list of Departmental achievements:
Solar energy utilization technologies developed by the Weizmann Institute and by the National Center for Solar Energy, who provide a basis for cooperation with industrial companies and for international investments in research, development and application.
- Establishing the National Center for Solar Energy at Sde Boker, which offers an infrastructure for solar research and specializes in developing CPV technologies and advanced PV diagnostics, so far presenting impressive achievements. The combined systems, drawing on the system and knowledge collected by the Center, have formed the basis of such companies as Zenith Solar.
- Supporting “Sun Tower” technology development for solar energy utilization at the Weismann institute, which had contributed to the growth of companies providing thermo-solar energy solutions, such as AORA and HelioFocus.
- Supporting R&D, beginning with its earliest phases, within Israeli companies Ormat and Siemens CSP(previously “Solel”), which received an honorable position within the international club of alternative energy companies (especially solar energy companies) and currently possess and estimated value of 3 billion USD.
- Encouraging university research and research in startup companies such as Winflex, which develops wind energy generation using wind turbines and was promoted by the Ministry.
Developing components and software to be used by the smart electricity network.
Promoting efficient energy utilization in equipment items and systems, e.g. supporting the “Agam Energy Systems” company, which has developed a uniquely energy-efficient engine powered by gasoline, in collaboration with General Electric.
- Oil alternatives extracted from plants and chemicals, to be used as fuel, and fuel alternatives for transportation purposes, such as hydrogen and electric vehicles:
Supporting the first plant to utilize cow-dung for biofuel production, established by the Echo Energy Be’er Tuvia Company, following which additional plants are now being founded around the world.
- Financing research and development of efficient coal burning technologies and bio-carbon generation from organic sources.
- Supporting the EnStorage Company, which develops advanced fuel cells based on regenerative fuel cells used as a reservoir of electric energy, that work at over 80% efficiency, and solve various issues with energy incorporation and storage.
Encouraging the efficient and environment-friendly use of fossil fuels and developing efficient coal burning methods.
Promoting those technologies that had transformed shales into an energy resource valued at over 500 billion USD, which provides a national “insurance policy” in circumstances of excessive fuel price increase or supply difficulties.
Maintaining a future possibility of obtaining nuclear electric energy, by conducting basic and applied research.
Long-term support of the “Arubot Hasharav” (“Desert Chimnies”) project, which is based on utilizing dry and hot air in deserts, while using temperature differences created in the tower for energy generation.
Energy-Saving in Structures
The establishment of an exhaustive professional information database, translated into standardization initiatives (Standard 5282, Standard 1045), designed to save the national economy hundreds of millions of dollars per years. Supporting the development of the Standard 5282 Compatibility Test Program software program – energy-preserving structures.
Constructing a substantial infrastructure of data in regards to the national potential for alternative energy sources, such as shale prospection and sun ray / wind characteristics measurements, which assists in formulating energy policies.
Ensuring quality training for an outstanding scientific and technological staff, which will allow Israel to import innovative energy technologies and to appear as a “smart client” in international energy markets.