Renewable energy and smart transportation – Fuel Choices Summit, attended by representatives from the academic world, industry, science incubators, enterprises and startups.
A conference of the National Fuel Choices Initiative under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office and the University of Tel Aviv Center for Innovation in Transportation. Major applied research studies conducted at Israel’s research institutes, as well as incubator companies and startups in these fields, were presented at the conference.
Main topics: fuel cells, electrical charging, batteries, hydrogen storage and innovative solutions for use as energy sources for vehicles, based on electrochemistry, nanotechnology and advanced materials.
Government funding programs designated for these fields were presented, as well as the different forms of support offered by the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Water, and related activities carried out by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.
The speakers presented the major trends in Israel and worldwide in cleantech, green industry, the environment and other associated fields.
The Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Water is actively involved in a variety of areas, such as smart cities, renewable energy, fuel substitution, the environment, and water and energy interfaces. Between 2008 and 2013, the Ministry of Energy supported over 300 projects at a total cost of 90 million shekels. Energy conservation and energy efficiency constituted 19% of this sum, energy storage 17%, renewable energy 19%, and the balance was allocated to fuel substitution projects.
Attendees also learned of cooperation in research and development funding via bi- or multinational foundations such as the BIRD Foundation and research collaboration with the European Union and research foundations that specialize in renewable energy, solar energy, energy storage and additional energy sources.
A representative of the Economy Ministry Chief Scientist’s Bureau outlined the major support programs available to entrepreneurs and startups and for cooperation in academic research, including Nofer, Kamin, Magnet, science incubators, the Tnufa Fund and other funding sources.