Established in August 2008 and directed by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) is an integral partner in the Arava region’s rapid progress to become Israel’s “Silicon Valley” in research, development, and technology of renewable energy.
Leveraging the Arava Valley’s specific climatic conditions and the high solar radiation levels, The Center conducts 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, biogas 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:
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. [Read more]
The Arava Institute is part of the Cooperative Air Sampling Network, an international effort which includes regular discrete samples from the NOAA ESRL/GML baseline observatories, cooperative fixed sites, and commercial ships. Air samples are collected approximately weekly from a globally distributed network of sites. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
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. [Read more]