Israeli professor awarded $330,000 Climate Solutions Prize for rechargeable zinc batteries project

Professor Menny Shalom from Ben Gurion University of the Negev has been awarded a $330,000 Climate Solutions Prize for his Rechargeable Zinc Air Batteries project which have remarkably high energy efficiency and durability and are aimed as an alternative technology in the post lithium-ion era.
Israeli professor awarded $330,000 Climate Solutions Prize for rechargeable zinc batteries project
Winners Climate Solutions Prize. Courtesy of Vered Farkash.

The $1 million 2023  Breakthrough Climate Solutions Prize (CSP), a joint initiative of JNF-Canada, KKL-JNF was awarded to three outstanding Israeli research projects in Tel Aviv.

The Breakthrough Research Prize, the largest incentive prize in Israel’s history, is an initiative designed to mobilise Israel in tackling the climate crisis.  By awarding funding and recognition to the most exceptional non-for-profit researchers or organisations in Israel, the prize aims to encourage and support groundbreaking research and development for climate solutions which will minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

The Jewish National Fund of Canada with the support of Keren Kayemet LeYisrael (KKL-JNF), who contributed matching funds towards the prize, awarded the $1 million Climate Solutions Breakthrough Research Prize, in partnership with Startup Nation Central in Tel Aviv.  Next month, Startup Nation Central will be awarding over $1 million prizes in the startup track to Israeli Tech startups.

Dr. Doron Markel, Chief Scientist of KKL-JNF, led the selection process by top academic experts in relevant fields, in which many excellent proposals were reviewed in several stages until the three finalists were chosen.

“The winners of the Breakthrough Climate Solutions Research Prize have the potential to significantly impact the reduction of carbon concentration in the atmosphere either by enhancing the shift to renewable energies - hence reducing greenhouse gas emissions - or by carbon fixation - either through natural process or artificial one” said Dr Markel.

The other winners for the 2023 Breakthrough Research Prize are:

Prof. Shanny Barath & Prof. Yechezkel Kashin from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology CyanoCementation: Utilising Cyanobacteria Biocementation for Sustainable Architectural Production and GHG Reduction.  An eco-friendly technique to enhance and improve the durability properties of building structures that absorb greenhouse gases rather than releasing them.

Prof. Brian Rosen from Tel Aviv University

Green ammonia is a sustainable, cheap, safe emission-free energy alternative that can become a significant clean fuel source for generating electricity with a multitude of applications. This project catalyses the ammonia quickly with low temperatures.

“The Breakthrough Climate Solutions Prize will help galvanise and solidify Israel’s global leadership while working to alleviate the significant impacts of climate change which directly disrupt lives and the national security interests of countries” added Galith Levy, Chief Climate Solutions Prize Officer at the Jewish National Fund of Canada.

According to Startup Nation Central, there are more than 850 climate change startups in Israel, allowing the nation to contribute to the global conversation on climate action and it has positioned itself as a valuable ally in the fight against the environmental crisis.

Image: Winners Climate Solutions Prize : Left to right:  Prof. Shani Barath, Technion,  Prof. Yechezkel Kashin, Technion, Prof. Brian Rosen, Tel Aviv University, Menny Shalom, Ben Gurion University

Photo Courtesy of: Vered Farkash

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