A research cooperation project presented by a group of Palestinian researchers in cooperation with researchers at the largest multidisciplinary research center in Europe won the Palestinian German Science Bridge - PGSB grant which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
A virtual several meetings via Videoconference between German – Palestinian researchers were held during the last three months.
The research cluster project will cover two complementary aspects within a framework on sustainable mobility, one of which is in the field of integrated sustainability - economic and technical - for hydrogen fuel, and deals with the socio-economic evaluation of the design and provision of hydrogen fuel supply to achieve sustainable mobility in Palestine, and the other in the field of smart mobility in relation to pedestrian movement and safety behavior. It deals with computational modeling and experimental validation in heterogeneous configurations of clusters.
In order to achieve a fair and sustainable mobility model for the future, and as part of this process, the research deals with the technical aspects, the role of technological innovation in the transport sector, and the challenges of sustainable future mobility patterns in Palestine, taking into consideration the related impacts in the environmental, social and economic fields.
The research team dealing with the field of integrated sustainability - economic and technical - of hydrogen fuel in Palestine consists of a group of researchers from An-Najah University led by Prof. Dr. Samir Abu-Eisheh from the Department of Civil Engineering with the participation of Dr. Mahmoud Asaad and Dr. Adel Al-Jeidi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Eng. Abdelnaser Dwaikat, who is enrolled in the PhD program in sustainable energy technology at the university, and Dr. Mohammad Qaraeen from Birzeit University, in addition to 3 researchers from the Energy and Climate Research Institute at the Jülich Research Center, led by Dr. Wilhelm Kukchenrichs. While the research team that deals with the field of smart mobility Dr. Mohammad Mari from the Arab American University and Dr. Mohsen Sharaibi from the Institute for Advanced Simulation at the German Research Center Jülich.
The research proposal was submitted earlier this year in response to the fifth call of the Palestinian-German Science Bridge - PGSB, which was launched in October of last year. The research cooperation program called the German Palestinian Science Bridge is coordinated on the Palestinian side by the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology - PALAST and on the German side by the German Jülich Research Center Forschungszentrum Jülich, which is considered the largest multidisciplinary research center in Europe and whose number of scientists and technicians is about 5,800 researchers and technicians. This research cooperation program was launched at the end of 2016 with wide Palestinian and German participation.