Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

Established in August 2008 and directed by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) is rapidly progressing to become Israel’s “Silicon Valley” in research, development, and technology of renewable energy. Leveraging the Arava Valley’s specific climatic conditions and the highest solar radiation levels, CREEC pioneers conduct research in a wide variety of subjects focusing on energy policy, solar fuels, photovoltaic technologies, biomass, wind and solar thermal energy, as well as innovative building construction techniques customized to conserve energy in desert climates. The Center’s research supports regional initiatives to test and launch small-scale renewable energy projects including self-cleaning solar panels, biodigester technology, solar-powered desalination, and more. The Renewable Energy Workshop, established in 2015, expands the scope of research and experimentation and enhances the Center’s position as a leader in off-grid, small-scale technologies for rural and marginalized communities.

Research Projects include:

  • Renewable Energy Workshop

    Global climate change has accelerated the need for clean, domestic, renewable energy options for off-grid communities. Research taking place at the Renewable Energy Workshop is at the forefront of experimentation and implementation of these small-scale technologies, which can dramatically improve living conditions worldwide. The Renewable

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  • Organic Waste Recycling & Biogas Production

    Developing Integrated Organic Waste Recycling Systems for Agriculture and Biogas Production in Rural Communities in Jordan, Palestine and Israel Funded by USAID MERC, in partnership with the National Energy Research Center (NERC) of Jordan and Ben-Gurion University. Many rural communities in the Negev, Palestine and Jordan suffer

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  • Reverse Osmosis Desalination by Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal Solar Systems (PV/T-RO) Research

    In a joint venture with the Institute of Thermodynamics (TUM) of Munich University, the CREEC researchers are testing the design of Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination sys­tems for use in off-grid communities. In this project, the energy efficiency of a solar powered RO desalination plant is

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  • Solar Collector Air Heater

    Research and further refinement continued on CREEC’s project to build a solar collector to utilize solar energy for air-heating homes. This collaborative project will be implemented in both Israel and Jordan and will help optimize air heating units to allow any home to be warmed

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  • Energy Security: The Role of Renewable Energy Sources

    The usage of renewable energy sources increases the energy security because it brings extensive socio-economic benefits to Israeli and Jordanian populations, added pathways for bilateral cooperation and allows countries to achieve their climate mitigation goals. Israel and Jordan’s energy mix are both dominated by fossil

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  • Practical Challenges of Photovoltaic Systems in the Rural Bedouin Villages in the Negev

    Off-grid energy systems are the main electricity source in rural Bedouin villages in the Negev. Due to the need for electricity, Bedouin households took upon themselves the responsibility of buying and installing photovoltaic (PV) systems. This project is the first of its kind to investigate

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  • Off-Grid Technology Village

    Off-grid technology innovations have recently sparked an extensive amount of enthusiasm, curiosity and media coverage.  The Off-Grid Technology Village is at the forefront of these innovations with cutting edge research and development of off-grid products and technologies. The village is located at the Arava Institute’s Daniel Fischel

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