Hebrew University Launches Innovative Master’s Programme for Green Energy Development

Hebrew University Launches Innovative Master’s Programme for Green Energy Development
21st May 2024 Moriah Aharon

The Hebrew University is launching a new master’s programme focused on green energy technology, aimed at training future research leaders and fostering innovation in renewable energy. This initiative is expected to significantly advance Israel’s green energy sector, contribute to global efforts against climate change and pave the way for a sustainable future.

In response to the critical global challenge of climate change, the Hebrew University is launching a master’s degree programme in the next academic year (2015) dedicated to developing new technologies for non-polluting energy sources. This unique curriculum aims to equip research students with the skills and knowledge needed to drive advancements in green energy.

The climate crisis is a pressing issue worldwide, and Israel is no exception. The discourse on renewable energy development and utilisation is gaining significant momentum in the country. By 2030, Israel aims for 30% of its energy production to come from renewable sources. In 2022, the government allocated 100 million NIS to support green energy projects, and in 2023, about 12.5% of national electricity consumption was derived from renewable sources.

The new master’s programme at the Hebrew University will address various aspects of green energy, including the development of eco-friendly materials, understanding application mechanisms, creating green energy production devices, and tackling challenges in energy storage and management. This comprehensive approach will be complemented by direct collaboration with local and global industries.

Professor Lioz Etgar, Head of the Chemistry Studies, stated: “Our goal is to train the next generation of research leaders in the renewable energy industry. We will leverage the expertise of our distinguished faculty members, who are renowned experts in fields such as chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, engineering, physics, biology, agriculture, economics and social sciences. Through our collective knowledge and unique expertise, we aim to foster groundbreaking research and development in Israel and beyond.”

The Hebrew University anticipates that training researchers in these critical areas will spur the growth of the green energy sector in Israel, leading to the creation of innovative start-ups and significant technological breakthroughs. Expected advancements include enhanced solar energy production, new approaches to solar fuels, the development of green hydrogen, and innovative energy storage solutions. These developments will contribute to mitigating global warming and ensuring a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.

Disclaimer: In these challenging times of war and crisis, Hebrew University of Jerusalem is resolute in its dedication to advancing research and education. We stand in full support of the brave individuals on the frontlines, safeguarding our nation and the well-being of all Israelis, and extend our deepest gratitude and unwavering solidarity to our community and fellow citizens. Together, we shall prevail against the challenges that confront us, and our shared commitment to the well-being of all Israelis and the pursuit of knowledge remains resolute.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s premier academic and research institution. Serving over 23,000 students from 80 countries, the University produces nearly 40% of Israel’s civilian scientific research and has received over 11,000 patents. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won eight Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal. For more information about the Hebrew University, please visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en.