More clean tech innovation from Israel? Researchers Prof. Moti Herskowitz and Prof. Miron Landau from Ben Gurion University in Israel were recently awarded a highly competitive Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation (I-SAEF) grant to further their groundbreaking research in liquid fuels. Herskowitz heads the BGU Energy Initiative, which is developing multiple alternative fuels from solar energy to biomass to replace the world’s dependence on oil. He was also recently appointed to head the National Committee on Energy research and development. Their focus will be on jet fuel.
Their research program will be aimed at determining the feasibility of the Fe-based catalytic system in CO2 hydrogenation to jet fuel while developing improved iron-based catalysts that when coupled with the proper process considerations (reactor type and operating conditions) will give improved catalyst performance (selectivity to jet fuel that contains higher hydrocarbons including aromatics, stable operation, and high activity).
Successful completion of the study, which is part of a wider scope program will facilitate commercially viable applications of carbon dioxide hydrogenation for the production of jet fuel, according to Herskowitz.
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