Tag Archive for Green Energy

Save 10,500gal of water/yr, produce free cooking gas with Israel’s Bio-Toilet

Manure (and food scraps) is flushed directly into the HomeBiogas solar biodigester, where it is broken down by bacteria and transformed into odorless methane gas for household use, in a completely sealed ecosystem.

 

For the millions of people around the world lacking sewage lines or even basic lavatories, the new HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet could provide an answer for waste disposal and energy production all at once.

Flushed with a manual pump using only 1.2 liters of water, the Bio-Toilet does not need to be connected to a water or sewage line and can use graywater.

The waste is flushed directly into the HomeBiogas solar biodigester, where it is broken down by bacteria and transformed into biogas for household needs along with other waste such as food scraps and animal manure. Continue Reading »

Israeli University develops technology turning human waste into biofuel

Providing solutions to two growing environmental problems, sanitation and clean energy, researchers at Ben-Gurion University in southern Israel have permuted reusable fuel and a nutrient-rich fertilizer from human excrement.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

 

Just in time for World Toilet Day (November 19), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev publicized results of a pilot study demonstrating that raw human excrement potentially can be converted into a safe, reusable fuel and nutrient-rich fertilizer.

According to the groundbreaking study published recently in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research refined a process using hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) to heat solid human waste in a special “pressure cooker” to create hydrochar, a safe, reusable biomass fuel resembling charcoal. Continue Reading »

Chinese investors start with $520 million investment in Israeli green tech

Acknowledging “a tremendous opportunity that will significantly boost Israel’s economy,” Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin, is in China to promote local investment in Israeli clean tech firms.

By Dan Lavie

 

An Israeli delegation headed by Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin is currently in China in an effort to bring together Israeli firms that specialize in green tech and Chinese companies looking to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the growing industry.

Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin with his Chinese counterpart Li Ganjie – Photo: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The delegation, organized by the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Economy and Industry Ministry’s Foreign Trade Administration and the Israel Innovation Authority, is comprised of representatives from Israeli clean tech companies. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Negev home to world’s tallest solar tower

While the Jewish State has abundant sunshine, Israeli bureaucracy has hampered solar energy progress, so the world’s tallest solar tower project in the Negev that’s set to supply Israel with 5% of its electricity needs, is just a ‘drop in the bucket’ of its potential.

By The Associated Press

 

In sunny Israel, solar energy supplies only a small percentage of the nation’s power needs, leaving it far behind countries with cloudier and colder climates.

Now the fledgling solar industry is trying to make a leap forward with a large-scale project boasting the world’s tallest solar tower, as a symbol of Israel’s renewable energy ambitions. Continue Reading »

Israel still trying green transport, seeking to cut fossil fuel use by 60%

 

Since all of Israel is smaller than New Jersey, the Jewish State is a particularly good market for electric vehicles.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN/THE MEDIA LINE

 

The motorized scooter, with chrome gleaming in the sun, is mounted on a turning platform. Visitors to the fourth annual Fuel Choices Summit stop and take selfies with the gleaming futuristic-looking bike.

“This is the Inu, which means dog in Japanese, and it’s your best companion in the city,” Ori Dadoosh, the CEO of Green Ride told The Media Line. “It’s a two-wheeled smart electric scooter that folds form the regular scooter position to a suitcase position so you can take it with you to your office or to a coffee shop.”

The Inu - Photo: inu.city

The Inu – Photo: inu.city

The Inu responds to voice commands like “fold” and “open”, and is connected to your smartphone.

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Israel’s genetically altered algae can power a green energy revolution

view videoTel Aviv University researchers genetically altered algae, allowing the organism to increase its hydrogen output 5 fold, transforming the humble pond slime into a clean fuel source.

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

 

Israeli researchers have transformed humble pond slime into an engine to drive a green energy revolution.

Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his team at Tel Aviv University genetically altered single-celled algae, which naturally emit hydrogen throughout the day, allowing the organism to increase its efficiency to five times its natural ability.

TAU’s Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his algae. – Photo: Tel Aviv University

Hydrogen fuel cells are already being introduced into vehicles, and the new discovery could mean algae becomes a key player in the push for green energies. Continue Reading »

Israel constructs world’s highest solar tower in the Negev

 

Israel seeks to reclaim its place in clean renewable energy after having been a pioneer of solar energy in the 1950, by leading the world in the use of solar water heating systems, but neglecting the path when natural gas was discovered a decade ago. This project should provide 2% of Israel’s electricity needs, enough for a city of 110,000 households.

By AF

 

In the middle of southern Israel’s desert, engineers are hard at work building the world’s tallest solar tower, reflecting the country’s high hopes for renewable energy.

A worker walks past the solar receiver at the construction site of the Ashalim solar tower near the southern Israeli kibbutz of Ashalim in the Negev desert on May 26, 2016.

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Researchers at Israel’s Technion achieve breakthrough in hydrogen energy

 

Technion researchers announce they’ve “shatter the previous benchmarks for all systems,” raising hopes for viable alternative energy source that for the most part, is free of political controversies.

By Ilan Gattegno, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have recently made a significant breakthrough in alternative energy production, reaching perfect photon-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology – Photo: Roni Shutzer

Splitting water for energy production is a two-step process, divided into reduction and oxidation. In a paper published in the scientific journal Nano Letters, researchers Lilac Amirav, Philip Kalisman, and Yifat Nakibli explained they were able to perform the reduction phase with 100% efficiency, a sharp increase from the previous record of 60% for hydrogen production with visible light. Continue Reading »

Israel Builds 2 Major Wind Farms, First in 30 Years

 

Afcon Holdings has begun building two new wind farms in northern Israel, stocked with 25 turbines apiece. 

By Amir Ben-David

 

For the first time in decades, Israeli is building wind turbines which will create electricity by harnessing the power of the wind. 

Afcon Holdings, a part of the Shlomo Group, has started construction in recent days on two wind farms, which will house 25 wind turbines each in Ramat Sirin and Ma’ale Gilboa in northern Israel.

Wind Turbine – Photo: Gettyimages

The turbines can produce 21 megawatts of electricity at any given moment, and are set to become active next year. Continue Reading »

Israel Inaugurates Country’s Largest Solar Plant

Israel to inaugurate today country’s largest solar energy project in the Negev, which received ‘go-ahead’ for site’s renewable electricity production.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Energix Renewable Energies, the Alony Hetz Property and Investments Ltd. group controlled by Nathan Hetz and the Wertheim family, announced Tuesday that Israel’s biggest solar energy project, at Neot Hovav in the Negev, has received a permanent license for producing electricity, the Globes business newspaper reported.

Solar panels (illustration)

Solar panels (illustration) – Thinkstock

According to the company’s estimates, power production will yield annual revenue of 42-45 million shekels for twenty years.

An event will be held on Wednesday at Neot Hovav to mark the inauguration of the solar power plant, which has an output of 37.5 megawatt.

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Report: Cleantech & World Wildlife Fund, Ranks Israel #1 in ‘clean-tech’

 

Cleantech and World Wildlife Fund say Israel generates the right kind of ‘chutzpah’ necessary to breed clean, green innovations.

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A new survey on countries with the best environment for “cleantech” innovation ranked Israel number one.

Wind turbines – Photo: AFP

The survey, executed by the Cleantech Group and the World Wildlife Fund, was released at the end of June.

The report states that it “investigates the countries where entrepreneurial clean technology companies are most likely to emerge from over the next 10 years – and why.”

The report said that Israel “generates the culture, education and ‘chutzpah’ necessary to breed innovation, plus it has the survival instincts to manage a resource-constrained geography.”

In second and third place was the United States and Finland. Continue Reading »

Israel plans 1st eco-friendly building contest

 

 JNF sustainable development board member Dr. Orr Karassin explains “A building’s footprint on the environment is huge in its use of electricity & water.”

The competition has 2 tracks, one for professionals & the other for students

By Nitzi Yakov and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Israel is holding its first eco-friendly architecture competition, in which two winners will have their designs constructed and showcased to the general public.

Israel challenges architects to think green [Illustrative] – Photo: Dan Lavie

The contest, hosted by the Jewish National Fund and Israeli Green Construction Council, intends to raise awareness for eco-friendly construction among the Israeli public and to train planners and architects to think green when starting new projects. Continue Reading »

Within Upcoming 2 yrs Israel’s Knesset plans to become greenest Parliament in the world

 

A $2 million plan to minimize Knesset’s ecological footprint, including it’s own solar panel field to generate its electricity, has expected savings at $430,000 per year.

 

 

Over the next two years, Israel’s Knesset compound will undergo a series of renovations, aimed at transforming it into a “green parliament.” With an unprecedented price tag of 7 million shekels ($2 million), 13 different water and electricity saving systems will be constructed for the Knesset, headlined by a solar battery that will cover 4,500 square meters on the facility’s roof.

The Knesset

The Israel Knesset – Photo: Eli Tamsa

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said on Wednesday that “this is not a small financial investment, but it will bear fruit, and pay for itself in time. Continue Reading »

Israeli Researchers Announce Revolutionary Alternative Fuel

A research team at Israel’s Ben Gurion University in the Negev, have come up with an alternative fuel, made from water & carbon dioxide.

By Avner Meyrav, NoCamels

 

 

With oil supplies around the world  fast depleting, researchers around the world have been trying to find an alternative that could sustain the energy needs of mankind. A team at Israel’s Ben Gurion University may have come up with an alternative fuel, made from water and carbon dioxide.

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Zalman Aranne Central Library, Ben Gurion University – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Unlike other fuel alternatives available today, the “green feed” created at BGU has a significant advantage: it can be turned into fuel using existing oil refining methods and delivered to gas stations using existing infrastructure. Continue Reading »

New Israeli research project to turn sewage-algae into biofuel

 

Funded by the Environmental Protection Ministry, the project is testing the possibility of using micro-algae, which grows in sewage, to produce bio-diesel.

Dan Lavie

 

A new Israeli research project could lead to the production of a new source of cheap and eco-friendly biological fuel using micro-algae.

Algae being grown in lab conditions. – Photo: Courtesy

The new project, headed by Dr. Marina Nisnevich from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Ariel University and Dr. Yakov Anker of the Samaria and Jordan Rift Regional Center for Research and Development, is testing the possibility of using micro-algae, which grows in sewage, to produce bio-diesel, a type of biological fuel made out of plant oil. Continue Reading »