Emissions free and pollution free, operating without generating any harmful substances at all, Israel allows activation of a new massive solar power plant located in the Negev Desert near the city of Be’er Sheva.
Israel has taken another step in moving from fossil fuels to environmentally friendly renewable energy, approving its biggest plant of unique solar panels to date. The plant, which is for commercial use, operates without generating pollution or any greenhouse gas emissions.
The Electricity Authority (TEA) and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz have recently approved the commercial activation of the Ashalim photovoltaic power station – located in the Negev Desert, south of the city of Be’er Sheva – for a period of twenty years. Continue Reading »
UBQ, the Israeli waste-to-plastics greentech startup, begins a pilot program in the United States with the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority turning 80% of uncycled household garbage into plastic recycling bins.
By Brian Blum
An Israeli greentech startup, founded by a fabled hummus maker, has signed a deal with a Virginia-based recycling authority.
The startup, UBQ, backed by Yehuda Pearl, the founder of popular hummus brand Sabra, has developed a technology that takes the 80 percent of the household garbage that is typically not recycled and turns it into a plastic substitute that can be made into everyday goods.
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UBQ thermoplastic material made from household garbage.
While Iran was arming Hamas, the Obama Administration surprised its “greatest ally in the Middle East” by freezing delivery of US-made Hellfire missiles for IAF Apache helicopters during the 2014 conflict, so Israel remedied the betrayal by locally producing a more advanced missile, Rafael’s Spike, that the US Army is now testing for possible acquisition.
By David Israel
The US Army has been testing Rafael’s Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) anti-tank guided missile as a solution against the Russian surface-to-air missile systems, Defense News reported last week.
In the middle of the 2014 Gaza War, the Obama administration stopped deliveries of Hellfire missiles to the Israeli Air Force’s Apache helicopters, in an attempt to pressure the Israelis to stop their operation in Gaza. Continue Reading »
Contrary to agreement with Israeli manufacturer not to sell any UAVs to a 3rd party, the 2 drones were part of a 3-unit ‘gift’ by Turkey to the UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Two Israeli-made Orbiter-3 tactical drones were shot down in Libya by troops allied with strongman Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
The two drones were shot down at the end of July. One was recovered by troops some 40 km. southwest of the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the small town of al-‘Aziziya, while the other was recovered in the Sidra district, home to the war-torn country’s largest oil depot. Continue Reading »
Since 2015 UN agencies continue to increase their purchase of Israeli innovations & services, acquiring communications & logistics services, medical & water desalination technologies and security & defense technologies for UN peacekeeping forces.
By Ariel Kahana
Despite the United Nations’ continued hostility toward Israel, the organization is increasingly choosing to purchase Israeli goods and services, according to data compiled by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN.
The figures show that in the past four years, various UN agencies acquired $256 million worth of Israeli goods and services, and that every year for the last four years the amount purchased has increased. Continue Reading »
The state-of-the-art thermal electric power plant in Israel’s Negev Desert is equipped with more than 50,000 computer-controlled heliostats that produce enough power for 150,000 homes, keeping 110,000 tons of CO2 emissions out of the air per year.
By David Lazarus
The Ashalim solar and thermal electric power plant in Israel’s Negev Desert is up and running. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with more than 50,000 computer-controlled heliostats or mirrors, which can track the sun in two dimensions and reflect the sunlight onto a boiler placed on top of a tower measuring 240 m-high (787.4 ft). That’s higher than some of the tallest sky scrapers in the world and by far the tallest solar tower ever built. Continue Reading »
The startup’s patented prototype scanner, BlueSky, is based on DOSI technology that scientist/researcher Ofir Aharon PhD invented, providing real-time data that shows early deterioration of skin lesions before they become pigmented.
By Abigail Klein Leichman
Ofir Aharon was in the last year of his PhD studies in electro-optics when his mother was diagnosed with melanoma.
Learning all he could about this deadly form of skin cancer, Aharon came to the conclusion that more than half of malignant melanoma lesions (usually, moles) fail to be diagnosed in the first two years after they appear – at a stage when treatment could be lifesaving. Continue Reading »
Gatwick Airport in London was only able to re-open after military reinforcements were brought in, equipped with technology that was used to defeat ISIS in Syria, which the Daily Mail identified as the Israeli-made Drone Dome.
By i24NEWS – AFP
Another drone sighting forced London’s Gatwick airport runway to close again on Friday..
Police were still unsuccessfully looking for perpetrators in a disturbance that grounded flights in the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday, although British media favored the option of a lone-wolf environmentalist attack.
London – Gatwick Airport – Photo: Andre Wadman/Wikimedia
The airport has been in an ongoing dispute with its neighbors and environmental groups about expansion. Continue Reading »
Of the 6,800+ patent applications submitted to the Israel Patent Office in 2017, Facebook leads with 94 requests.
• The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion [Israel’s Institute of Technology], top the list of applications by Israeli institutions.
By Ariel Whitman
A total of 6,805 patent applications were submitted in Israel in 2017, the Israel Patent Office said on Tuesday.
Social media giant Facebook submitted the largest number of applications, 94, followed by cigarette maker Philip Morris (82), agricultural chemicals company Dow AgroSciences (69) and U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Company (60).
Medical student conducting research – Photo: Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine
The technological arms of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology topped the list of Israeli corporations that applied for patent registrations. Continue Reading »
In a bold move to secure personal privacy, D-ID’s “firewall”, planned to be launched in May, will foil facial recognition algorithms by subtly altering uploaded images to protect identities, undercutting automatic social media facial recognition capabilities.
• Firm’s CEO, “Our photos must be protected because unlike passwords, you cannot change your face.”
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Big brother is watching. But in the future, he may no longer be so all-knowing.
Riding the wave of a global push to comply with new privacy standards, a small Israeli company believes it can help you, and your face, stay anonymous in a hyper-connected world. Continue Reading »
In light of UNESCO’s overtly anti-Israel character, Jerusalem has decided not to attend the 2017 Life Sciences ceremony, awarding this year’s prize to the Israeli research center, which is part of the Agriculture Ministry.
• “The prize awarded to the Volcani Institute will not serve as a fig leaf to legitimize the political resolutions of this organization, which harm the State of Israel,” commented an Israeli gov’t official.
By Itamar Eichner
The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has chosen to honor the Israeli Volcani Institute, but the Israeli government has decided to snub the event.
Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel have decided, in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s Office, that the institute would not accept the prize as part of steps Israel is taking against UNESCO for its anti-Israel resolutions. Continue Reading »
Within the past week, the Haifa-based Elbit Systems was awarded:
• $31.5 million contract for night vision systems to US Defense group,
• $300 million deal for command & control technology to Asia-Pacific client,
• $240 million deal to provide electronic defense systems to an African client.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced a series of deals signed over the past week to the tune of over $570 million.
Haifa-based Elbit is considered one of the world’s top defense contractors. It develops primarily defense electronic systems and operates in the fields of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems, unmanned aircraft systems, electro-optics, signal intelligence, data links and communications systems and radios. Continue Reading »
Should the US Army decide to acquire the added defensive technology, they will be the first army outside the IDF to install the battle-tested, ‘Trophy’ active protection system.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
After years of testing Israel’s Trophy active protection system, the US Army is close to giving the green light to having it installed on the M1A1 Abrams tank.
Trophy LV By Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for all combat vehicles. – YouTube
The US Army would then be the first army outside the IDF to use the system.
Maj.-Gen. David Bassett, who is in charge of the US Army’s programs in the area of ground combat systems, was quoted by the DefenseTech website as saying that he plans to make the decision on the system as soon as possible. Continue Reading »
U.S. biopharmaceutical firm announced its decision to pay $11.9 billion for Kite Pharma, an Israeli biomed developing T-cell therapy that harnesses the body’s immune cells to attack malignant cells.
• This pharmaceutical acquisition is among the most spent for a company whose products have yet to be FDA approved.
By Zeev Klein, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Biopharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences announced Monday that it has agreed to buy Israeli biomed company Kite Pharma for $11.9 billion in an all-cash deal. This acquisition marks one of the biggest ever deals for a company whose products have yet to be approved for marketing. Continue Reading »
Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, over 2,000 American troops have lost their lives to improvised explosive devices. This new system locates, identifies, and can destroy them before they injure, or worse.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
After three years of development, Israel Aerospace Industries has begun testing its Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Mine Suite mobile system.
The system can identify, locate and destroy improvised explosive devices and mines before troops even reach them.
According to project manager Reuven Y., the system, which is not yet operational, “is a new concept that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. It is a breakthrough technology against IEDs.” Continue Reading »