November 8, 2015 | Shani Elitzur, a doctoral student in the Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, has won first place in the inaugural Falling Walls Lab Israel contest, a program designed to encourage innovation in academic research. Elitzur developed a safer method for producing hydrogen, based on aluminium-water reactions that provide electric energy storage possibilities, in particular, for hybrid and fuel-less cars. Or Yahalom from Hebrew University won second place for a method that allows plants to “breathe” nitrogen in the air, thus saving farmers the need to use fertilizers. Oren Miron from Bar Ilan University won third place for his ability to diagnose autism in the early months of life. The three winners will represent Israel in the Falling Walls Lab international finals to be held in Berlin on November 8.