$1 million Climate Solutions Prize awarded to three groundbreaking technologies

Prize awarded by JNF Canada and KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund rewards work on sustainable building materials, green ammonia, and a replacement for lithium batteries

29 January 2024

A $1 million climate solutions prize, now in its second year, has been awarded to the developers of three breakthrough technologies.

Prof. Shanny Barath and Prof. Yechezkel Kashin from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in the northern city of Haifa impressed judges with their CyanoCementation project.

This uses cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria that absorbs carbon dioxide as it photosynthesizes. The integration of cyanobacteria into building materials has the potential to cut CO₂ emissions, as well as to produce a sticky material, or biofilm, that can replace less sustainable adhesives in cement.


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