BGU Centers of Excellence
Use the following links to read more about the BGU Centers of Excellence:
The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR)
The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) unites under one roof all aspects of science and technology relating to water resources — desalination, water engineering, environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrobiology, hydrochemistry, and water resource economics and management.
The mission of the Institute, which was founded in 2002, as part of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, is to improve human life in dry regions. ZIWR’s extensive research activities range from groundwater production through desalination technologies, to treatments of marginal water sources.
Two departments comprise ZIWR and each has a unique pilot plant:
- The Artificial Aquifer Laboratory comprises a physical model simulating water dynamics in real aquifers, and facilitating the scaling up of flow, transport and biochemical evolution studies on groundwater reservoirs.
- The Pilot Plant for Desalination and Water Treatment enables the scaling up and development of advanced desalination and water technologies, operational processes and maintenance protocols. This laboratory thus characterizes, evaluates and demonstrates desalination and wastewater treatment technologies and processes to existing industrial plants and assists in the development and commercialization of new methods.