Research Interns in the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation are offered the opportunity to work on several current research projects. The intern’s specific projects will depend on his or her background and qualifications.
Projects may include:
Evaluation and testing photovoltaic panels in the Arava Region
Objective: The objective of this project is to evaluate the efficiency of PV panelsunder the harsh climatic conditions of the Arava Region.
Objective: This project proposes converting unused agricultural waste into a valuable gas product that can be used to generate electricity or can be used as fuel for internal combustion engines.
Objective: The objective of this project is to develop a low-tech solution to organic waste disposal and methane gas production in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. This technology (already widespread in China) will give Bedouin communities the capacity to protect themselves from environmental hazards caused by untreated organic waste and will provide a healthier solution to energy needs as
opposed to the current use of diesel powered generators.
Water Desalination Powered by Hybrid Photovoltaic/ Thermal Solar Systems
Objective: The objective of this project is to undertake a systematic investigation of the transient operation of small-scale PV driven desalination plants with preheated water and control strategies for transient energy supply with a focus on active temperature control.
CSP Water Desalination plant.
Objective: The objective of this project is to study CSP technology application for
brackish water desalination.
Through his or her work with the CREEC, the intern will use the following equipment and programs:
-Gas flow and pressure sensors
-B.Sc in Renewable Energy or a related field
Established in August 2008, the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) is the leading center of research, development, and technology on renewable energy and energy conservation in the region, partnering with renowned academic institutions in Israel and around the world. Leveraging the Arava Valley’s specific climatic conditions and the highest solar radiation levels in the world, CREEC pioneers research on a wide variety of subjects focusing on energy policy, conservation, and methods of producing energy using renewable sources. CREEC’s research supports regional initiatives to test and launch small-scale renewable energy generation projects including self-cleaning solar panels, biodigester technology, solar-powered desalination, and more.
*The Arava Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley, Israel.