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Three Israeli studies to address the climate crisis won the KKL-Canada Annual Climate Prize in the amount of one million dollars

The prize was awarded to Israeli scientists from Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv and the Technion in order to promote their extraordinary research in the fields of renewable energy development and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

KKL-Junk's Climate Prize. Public relations photo
The KKL-Junk Climate Prize. PR photo

KKL-Junk in collaboration with JNF-Canada awarded the annual climate solution prize (Climate Solution Prize) in a total amount of one million dollars to three groundbreaking studies by Israeli scientists in the fields of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address the global climate crisis.

The prize was awarded to the winners at an event held at the Startup Nation Central offices in Tel Aviv with the participation of a delegation of 20 representatives of JNF - Canada who came for an identification visit to Israel.

This is the second year in which the prize, which is actually the largest financial research incentive of its kind in Israel, has been awarded, with the aim of promoting and encouraging academic research in Israel in order to find scientific solutions to address the global climate crisis. The financial grant, along with the extraordinary recognition that the researchers will receive in order to continue their research, will make it possible to support and speed up their research and have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating climate change for the benefit of all of humanity.

The three winning studies are:

Rechargeable zinc-air batteries - Prof. Mani Shalom, Ben Gurion University

As part of the research, rechargeable zinc-air batteries with high energy efficiency and durability are developed, as an alternative to the classic lithium batteries that pollute the environment, both during their production process and after their burial.

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Development of an efficient method for the production of green ammonia - Prof. Brian Rosen, Tel Aviv University

Development of a cheap and safe technology for the production of green ammonia as a source of energy and food security that can be used for the production of green hydrogen as a clean and significant fuel source for generating electricity and for the benefit of various applications.

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Using cyanobacteria as an adhesive for green construction - Prof. Shani Barth and Prof. Yehezkel Kashi, Technion

As part of the research, a technology was developed for the use of cyano bacteria in construction cement. Using this material, the building will absorb carbon dioxide at the same time as reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the cement production process.

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The awarding of the award against the background of the war in Gaza and the severe security tensions prevailing in the country, points to the resilience of Israel and its vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem which continues to promote and develop innovative technologies that will improve the quality of life of billions of residents around the world.

Dr. Doron Markel, the chief scientist of KKL-Junk, said that this year proposals were submitted at a very high level and were examined by a judging committee on behalf of KKL-Junk, which included elected scientists in the relevant fields from academic and research bodies.

According to him, the studies winning the climate prize have the potential to have a significant impact on lowering the concentration of carbon gases in the atmosphere through a transition to renewable energies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions or capturing carbon through natural or artificial means.

Galit Levy, who stands at the head Climate Solution Prize B - Jnf -Canada, said that "these studies touch on some of the most urgent challenges the world is facing regarding the climate crisis. Israel's technological leader in everything related to desalination, agritech, autonomous cars, waste treatment, green transportation and renewable energy - all of these establish Israel as a research and development center in a wide range of green technology fields. The climate prize will help support and promote Israel's leading position in the field and thus be part of the global fight against the effects of the climate crisis, which directly affect the quality of life of billions of people in the world and harm the national interests of countries."

Jeff Hart, chairman of the Climate Solution Prize, He said that "in recent months we have received dozens of nominations from researchers at the leading research institutions in Israel who competed for the award of JNF - Canada together with our partners - KKL-Junk and - Start-Up Nation Central. Once again we witnessed the vision and inspiration of the scientific community in Israel and the extraordinary innovations in various ClimateTech fields and we congratulate the three winners for their scientific achievements."

Startup Nation Central data shows that today there are over 850 startup companies operating in Israel in the fields of ClimateTech, which make Israel a significant player in the global arena and establish it at the forefront of the leading countries in the fight against the environmental crisis. Against the background of the negative effects of the climate crisis, billions of dollars are currently being invested in the development of technological solutions in the field and Israel's leading position can become an important growth engine at the national level alongside the development of cooperation with other countries active in the field.

Next month, Startup Nation Central will award support grants totaling $1 million to entrepreneurs and promising start-up companies in the fields of ClimateTech.

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