Institute for Renewable Energy Policy (IREP) 

IREP was established to position Israel as a world leader in this field. In order to achieve this goal, IREP helps formulate policy based on in-depth interdisciplinary research. The technological, economic, environmental and regulatory aspects of Israeli developments in the field of alternative energy are examined by leading experts on behalf of IREP. IREP has an international think tank composed of analysts and experts in a variety of fields such as energy economy, renewable energy policy, project financing, industry and strategic research. IREP cooperates with the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). IREP provides policymakers with analytic tools based on its research in order to formulate progressive policy that will help promising Israeli technologies in the field of alternative energy enter the international marketplace and take on a leading role.

Mission Statement:
To serve as a catalyst to the Renewable Energy field by providing the stakeholders with critical insights which highlight the technologies that will be at the forefront of the Energy Revolution.The Institute’s methodology is based on an innovative interdisciplinary approach utilizing world-class strategic partnerships.

Dr. Isaac Berzin is the Founding Director of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy at the IDC and an Affiliated Scientist at MIT.

Dr. Berzin was recently included in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2008 and his innovative work in Clean Energy has won him numerous awards and accolades.  Dr. Berzin founded GreenFuel Technologies in Cambridge, MA.  He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Why in Israel?

1. It is becoming increasingly evident that the field of Renewable Energy is interdisciplinary, commanding the comprehensive integration of disciplines in which Israel has a proven record of excellence and innovation: desert agriculture and irrigation, water technologies, solar energy and biotechnology.

2. Israel has a unique entrepreneurial culture, proven repeatedly in a variety of industries. 3. Israel is strategically motivated to release itself from its dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Board of Advisors (alphabetical order)

Dr. Mark A. Bernstein          Alan Leifer           Dr. Gal Luft               

Dr. William R. Moomaw       Dr. Amit Mor        Dr. Yom Tov Samia 

Dr. Sass Somekh               Dr. Eitan Yudilevich       

Our Team

Dr. Isaac Berzin, Head & Founder of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy

Zeev Hayut, Senior Director

Dr. Miri Lapidot, Director of Bio-Research

Shirley Cohen-Mintz, Director of Business Development

Maya Sharon, Director of Operations

Ido Greenberg, (Adv.) Project Director & General Legal Counsel

Tamar Israeli, Academic Research Associate

Asaf Tzachor, Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant

Volunteering at IREP

IREP provides students the opportunity to volunteer to perform research under the personal supervision of IREP’s staff of experts. The project is open to students at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. For additional information, email

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