The Joint Italian-Israeli Laboratory on Solar and Alternative Energies (ILSE-Joint Laboratory) was set up by ENEA and Ben Gurion University through funds provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs.
The Joint Laboratory aims to carry out R&D activities to overcome some aspects of the current limits to the development and diffusion of solar technologies for energy production, such as:
- low efficiency/density power (W/m2);
- high costs and availability of raw materials for photovoltaic applications;
- low production throughput unable to sustain an increasing market,
- energy production discontinuity.
letter of intent
Rationale for the set-up of the Laboratory
2010 Activity report
Italian-Israeli Joint Workshop on OPV
The energy conversion of solar energy at both large scale and low cost is among the most promising and challenging technological options for the next future. organic photovoltaics (OPV) is one of the most promising areas of PV business because unlike traditional silicon-based PV, OPVs are low cost, lightweight and flexible, which offers disruptive opportunities for applications. In order to look at some of the most recent advancements in the field of OPV in Italy and Israel a joint workshop on Organic Photovoltaics was held at ENEA-Portici on October 20, 2011, with participation of three BGU researchers and nine Italian researchers, from ENEA and from various universities in Italy, representing the top of National research on OPV in Italy and Israel. All researchers presented their work in the field, and possibilities for joint collaborative projects were discussed.
workshop on Organic PV (OPV), Oct. 20-2011 – Portici (NA) Italy
The domain of activity of ILSE-JL encompasses initially the following Thematic Areas:
- Solar Devices: Development of innovative photovoltaic solutions based on emerging technologies, such as 3rdgeneration nano-structures, organic and hybrid devices, carbon based inorganic devices;
- Solar systems & Balance-of-System: development of reliable, long-term, stable and low-cost solutions for photovoltaic systems, such as mirrors, lenses and optical devices, tracking technologies and systems;
- Smart grid Management: simulation studies of interactions with the grid discontinuous sources; grid-development policy; future grid operating strategies;
- Innovative storage: advanced energy storage systems such as flow batteries, supercapacitors and combinations, and their potential applicability for PV-grid use.
- R&D activities are carried out also through a group of young Italian scientists that benefit of grants offered by BGU.Furthermore, a bi-national event will be organized each years to draw together a certain number of scientists from Italy and Israel to discuss the scientific topics of the Joint Laboratory.
Prof. Dan Blumberg – Vice-President and Dean for R&D
Prof. Daniel Feuermann – Chair, Alezandre Yersin Department of Solar Energy and Env. Physics
Dr. Iris Visoly-Fisher – Department of Chemistry.-Molecular Optoelectronics lab
Dr. Anna De Lillo – UTRIN – Technical Unit for Renewable Energy Sources
Dr. Andrea Quintiliani – UTICT – Technical Unit for IT and ICT Systems Development
Dr. Franco Roca – UTTP – Technical Unit for Portici Technologies – Solar Technologies
R&D activities are carried out also through a group of young Italian scientists that benefit of grants offered by BGU.