May 20, 2024 — Hebrew University is launching a new master’s degree program focused on green energy technology for non-polluting energy sources, aimed at training future research leaders and fostering renewable energy innovation.

The program is designed to address the critical global challenge of climate change and pave the way for a sustainable future. Beginning in the next academic year (2025-2026), the curriculum is focused on developing new technologies and advancing Israel’s green energy leadership.

“Our goal is to train the next generation of research leaders in the renewable energy industry,” said Prof. Lioz Etgar of the Hebrew University Institute of Chemistry, Casali Center for Applied Chemistry. “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 climate crisis is a pressing issue worldwide, and Israel is no exception. By 2030, the goal is for 30% of Israel’s energy production to be produced from renewable sources. In 2022, the government allocated $25 million (100m NIS) to support green energy projects. Approximately 12.5% of national electricity consumption was derived from renewable sources.

The new Hebrew University M.S. program will delve into various aspects of green energy, eco-friendly material developments, understanding application mechanisms, creating green energy production devices, and tackling energy storage and management challenges.

Researchers will collaborate with global and Israeli companies in the green energy sector. This will lead to innovative start-ups and significant technological breakthroughs in 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.