Energy Matters - June 2017

Energy Matters
Energy Matters
June 2017

At the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference, Professor Alan Dershowitz (left) showcased how Israeli innovation Water-Gen can make water appear out of thin air.

U.S. Army Disaster Drill Employs Israeli Water Technology

The U.S. Army employed innovative Israeli technology that extracts water from air during a five-day disaster relief simulation in Indianapolis and Chicago from May 8-12. Created by the firm Water-Gen, the technology traps, cleans and dries humid air, resulting in clean water. In the drill, disaster relief volunteers had access to Water-Gen’s medium-sized 350-gallon model water generators. The devices provided water to both simulated relief workers and simulated disaster victims "trapped" in buildings felled by tornadoes. “This experience is invaluable for us, from the training with military personnel to the understanding of how all the emergency organizations work together,” said Maxim Pasik, chairman of Water-Gen

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Houston Mayor Seeks Stronger Energy Collaboration with Israel

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner led a delegation of his city’s top executives to Israel earlier this month with the goal of expanding collaboration with the Jewish state in the fields of energy, life sciences and smart cities. Houston, home to some of the largest companies in the oil and gas industry, is also the headquarters of Noble Energy Inc., which together with its Israeli partner Delek Group Ltd., has been instrumental in discovering Israel’s offshore natural gas reserves. “There is plenty of intellectual capital right here in Israel with high tech, and Houston has a number of energy companies,” said Turner. As global energy companies look to cut costs in light of the drop in oil prices, “there is plenty of opportunity” to merge Israel’s high-tech prowess with the needs of these companies to come up with “digital technologies and some other things that can help them,” he also said. Turner added that Noble’s activity in Israel is “only the beginning,” and that he would “encourage energy companies to take a much deeper look at investing in Israel.”

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Why Israel is a Fast-Moving Force in Smart Transportation

On May 18, leaders of the global automotive and transportation industry were among 1,500 participants at the fifth EcoMotion Main Event at the Peres Center in Jaffa, Israel. EcoMotion—a nonprofit community initiated by the National Program for Alternative Fuels and Smart Transportation and the Israeli Innovation Institute, with the support of the Ministry of Economy—inaugurated its annual event in 2013 with 250 Israeli innovators collaborating on the future of smart-transportation. Over the past four years, more than 500 Israeli companies have raised nearly $200 million toward the future of smart transportation. “Five or six years ago, who’d have thought Israel would be a potential player in the global industry of transportation? We don’t even have any automakers,” says Lior Zeno-Zamanski, executive director of EcoMotion. For example, American tech giant Intel acquired the Jerusalem-based, autonomous vehicle company Mobileye for approximately $15 billion in March 2017. “Everyone is coming to see Israeli technology for smart mobility,” Zeno-Zamanski continued. “Our smart-transport ecosystem is becoming a global center together with Silicon Valley.”

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$1 Billion Israeli Renewable Energy Commitment to Africa

Israeli renewable energy company Energiya Global will invest $1 billion over the next four years to expand green power projects across 15 West African countries. This initiative is a key aspect of a June 2 memorandum of understanding between Israel and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). “In honor of…Liberia’s friendship with the State of Israel, Energiya Global and our international partners will finance and build a commercial-scale solar field at Roberts International Airport, which will supply 25 percent of the country’s generation capacity,” said Energiya Global Chief Executive Officer Yosef Abramowitz. Israeli Minister of Knesset and Chairman of the Israel-Africa Caucus Avraham Neguise stated: “With 600 million Africans without electricity, the State of Israel can literally help African heads of state bring power to the African people. We look forward to working with ECOWAS to deploy $1 billion over the next four years, starting with this first investment of $20 million in Liberia by Energiya Global.” Energiya Global and its associated companies established the first commercial-scale solar field in sub-Sahara Africa in Rwanda, and it now has fields at varying stages of development in ten African nations.

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