Energy Matters Feb 2016

Energy Matters
February 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), Cypriot President Nicos Anastasides (center) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (right) shake hands during their Jan. 28 meeting to discuss a joint gas pipeline to Europe.

Israel, Cyprus and Greece Discuss Gas Pipeline to Europe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greek and Cypriot heads of government in Nicosia to strengthen ties between the three eastern Mediterranean nations, reports the The Times of Israel. The unprecedented gathering advanced plans to build a gas pipeline between Israel and Cyprus and on to Greece for gas exports to Europe. A trilateral study committee is being formed to explore next steps. The leaders also discussed water resources, tourism, and plans to connect the electricity grids of the three countries.

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First Contract on Israel’s Largest Gas Reserve Brings $1.3 Billion Deal

Israel’s natural gas companies and Noble Energy Inc. have signed the first contract to supply fuel from the country’s largest gas reserves, the offshore Leviathan field, reports Bloomberg Business. Partners in Leviathan will supply six billion cubic meters of gas over 18 years to two power stations owned by local electricity producer Edeltech Group. “This deal marks a beginning. We are advancing more agreements with customers in Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey,” said Yossi Abu, Delek Drilling’s chief executive officer. “Development of the Leviathan field will ensure Israel’s energy security and gas export contracts from the site will strengthen the country’s geopolitical position in the region.” The flow of gas to domestic and regional markets could begin as soon as late 2019.

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Combating Water Scarcity through Joint Innovation: University of Chicago and Ben Gurion University

Since partnering in 2013, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Molecular Engineering and Israel’s Ben Gurion University have produced groundbreaking research aimed at solving water scarcity, reports the Chicago Tribune. The University of Chicago brings its expertise of molecular engineering, while Ben-Gurion brings its experience of transforming water research into real-life applications in a water-scarce nation. "They are a natural partner," said Steve Sibener, one of the University of Chicago scientists. “Out of necessity, they have had to develop as a national initiative the ability to be independent in their water consumption. And they've achieved that goal. Now they're sharing that technology with the rest of the world."

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Dayton, Ohio Adopts Israeli Water Tech

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio has become the first pilot site to test Israeli Woosh Smart Water Stations outside of Israel, reports the The Times of Israel. The Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance (DRITA) brought a trade mission to Israel after hearing about the technology, and began working with the startup’s co-founder and CEO Itay Tayas-Zamir on making Dayton the entry point for the product into the U.S. market. The water stations provide filtered, chilled tap water to customers’ own containers, thereby reducing the purchase of disposable water bottles and their negative environmental impact. Woosh founders plan to move the manufacturing of the water stations to the United States once demand increases, and estimate a potential of 10,000 stations across the country.

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Infrastructure Hacks Already Occurring, Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Warns

Israeli cyber-security training firm IP-Sec asserts that critical infrastructure worldwide is already being hacked, reports The Times of Israel. While Israel is producing advanced cyber-defense and detection technology, part of the challenge is having government officials and industry workers implement it, according to the firm. Another challenge is the introduction of new innovations into electric and water systems. “It hasn’t yet sunk in for many administrators that their SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] networks are now just as vulnerable as the Internet – and maybe more at risk,” explains Irit Potter, CEO of IP-Sec. To solve these challenges, the firm provides intensive training using custom-designed scenarios to help public officials understand the financial and physical damage at stake.

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