Drinking water for China, Israeli style

Friday, May 27th, 2011

As reported in Israel 21c

Normally, “green” and “desalination” are two words that don’t go together. Desalination is a process that takes brackish inland or sea water and makes it drinkable.

This can be a lifesaver in countries with limited or no access to fresh water, such as Saudi Arabia or Jordan, but the processes involved gobble massive amounts of energy and produce an unfavorable amount of salt discharge, causing environmentalists to argue that desalination is not a sustainable solution to meet the world’s water needs — especially in countries that can’t afford to power the desalination plants.

Now, the Israeli desalination company IDE Technologies has introduced a greener way to pull salt from the world’s water. Putting it to the test in China, the Israeli company has created a win-win solution for the environmentally conscious Chinese: using runoff steam from a power plant to help run the desalination plant. The result is water for the power plant, drinking water for the community and salt to sell.

The UK trade magazine Global Water Intelligence is so impressed by the Israeli desalination technology, that in April it named IDE as the “2010 desalination company of the year.”

Making what it called “the greatest overall contribution to the desalination industry during 2010” the magazine praised IDE for its “unique competitive position in the global desalination arena during 2010, winning a significant portion of the Chinese desalination business and competing strongly for tenders in the Americas, Southern Europe and elsewhere in Asia.”

For its innovation, the magazine put IDE’s MED desalination plant China on its short list, as a testament to the company’s leadership and ability to take on new environmental challenges and specifications.

Runs on 50 percent less power

Created in Tianjin, China, the Israeli-built IDE MED desalination plant is the country’s largest and greenest one yet, says IDE’s CEO, Avshalom Felber. Using a process called multi-effect distillation (MED), the plant is claimed to be 50 percent more energy efficient than any other thermal desalination plant today.

In IDE MED, salt water from the sea is heated with steam and then circulated through an evaporator to create an end result of fresh water and salt.

The green element in the design is that the steam used to heat the water before the evaporation process comes from a nearby power plant, making sure that some wasted energy is put to good use.

According to Felber: “The first phase of the Tianjin project is already operating for the last year or so, at 100,000 cubic meters of water per day. Currently we are in the execution process of Phase II, for another 100,000 cubic meters. This is by far the largest desalination plant in China.”

The plant consists of four 25,000-cubic-meter units, and an additional four are underway.

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Israel Water Technology Delegation to Brisbane

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Australian natural resources boom attracts foreign investment from Israel, and leads to a trade delegation visiting Brisbane to explore opportunities for Israeli Water Technology in the mining and coal seam gas industries.

Since its founding, Israel has been coping with water scarcity and has been treating the subject as a national priority. The country has been constantly developing novel and efficient water and energy technologies, which can benefit the world as it is increasingly dealing with water and energy scarcity concerns. From the comprehensive management of water resources and water-saving irrigation technology to cost-saving purification, reclamation and desalination methods as well as water security and water treatment solutions, Israel is leading the world in producing water technology for sustainable development.

Australia is a dry continent with competition for scarce water resources.  Water is therefore a key business risk for top companies. From a broad Australian perspective, drought, over-allocation, inefficient water supply (loss driven) and climate change has resulted in a strong focus by many leading Australian companies on their water management solutions, and practical ways to address these critical issues. In addition, the treatment of waste water in the mining and Coal Seam Gas industries is of vital importance given the increased environmental issues and regulations facing Australian companies.

There are many challenges facing CSG & mining companies in Australia such as water treatment,  protecting ground and surface water, power-efficient desalination plants, linking power and water efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gas footprints, and economic modeling of value/cost of water management.

With Australia’s current resources boom and Israel being one of the world leaders in clean tech and water technology, there is a clear synergy between these sectors and vast opportunities for collaboration between the two countries.

The Israel Trade Commission hosted a delegation of 12 Israeli Water Technology Companies in Brisbane from 17th to 19th May 2011 to meet with the mining and coal seam gas (CSG) industries in Queensland. The purpose of the delegation was to introduce new and world leading water technologies to the booming Queensland natural resources industry and to explore investment opportunity in QLD. The Israel Trade Commission  also hosted an Industry seminar as well as exhibiting at the Austmine Expo and Conference. The delegation was supported by Trade and Investment Queensland, the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

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תחום הבניה הירוקה באוסטרליה הינו בעל פוטנציאל רב עבור חברות ישראליות המציעות טכנולוגיות ופתרונות ירוקים. בעקבות ארוע שקיימה הנספחות המסחרית בסידני בשיתוף עם ארגון גרין בילידינג האוסטרלי  Green Building Council of Australia נחשפו טכנולוגיות ירוקות ישראליות לצד ההזדמנויות בתחום הבניה הירוקה באוסטרליה ושיתופי הפעולה האפשריים. כחלק מפעילות זו אנו מביאים בפניכם סקירה של דוגמאות Case Study לפרוייקטי בניה ירוקה באוסטרליה על מנת לחשוף את כיווני השוק ומגוון הפתרונות הטכנולוגים והחדשנים שבשימוש.
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On the road again for old tires

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

As reported in Israel21C: Israel’s formula for getting green mileage from old tires could be a boon for countries with similar raw materials and climates.

Old, used tires are an environmental nuisance. But now a new “green” project in Israel intends to recycle the rubber from old tires, and use as many as 1,400 tires per kilometer of new paved highway.

In a pilot trial, a 1.1 kilometer section of road was paved using an experimental mixture that included hundreds of recycled tires and a blend of asphalt.

At no greater cost than paving a regular road, this new product can increase the life of the pavement by one-third without, the developers believe, compromising safety. Developers anticipate that their technology can be applied in countries in the Middle East and elsewhere with similar climates and conditions as Israel.

About three million tires go out of service in Israel every year, and they are often found discarded and scattered at various locations.

“We are talking about 15 percent of the total wasted tires in Israel. Something like 700 tires in one kilometer of lane; in one experiment, we doubled this figure up to 1,400 tires,” says Israel National Roads Company R&D branch director Adrian Valentin Cotrus.

While the idea to reuse shredded rubber on roads came through a technology transfer meeting between Israel and America back in 2005, the results from the pilot trial on a highway section of Road 85 in the Galilee, up north, will benefit its Israeli developers: the Israel National Roads Company, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Expect the compound and equipment needed to produce the recycled tire asphalt to be ready for sale by the end of this year, Cotrus says.

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BGU among world’s top green universities

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As reported in Israel 21C:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has been ranked 46th greenest campus in the world, according to a study conducted by the Green Metric organization that compares universities on their degree of commitment to environmental education and implementation of sustainable policies. Thousands of institutions and associations across the globe applied to be graded in the list of 200, and BGU was the only Israeli university to be included.

“The BGU administration and staff have taken on the responsibility of public and environmental action,” said Prof. Dan Blumberg, Deputy Vice-President and Dean of R & D, and the Chairperson of BGU’s Green Council. “The University is extremely active in this field, indeed it is felt all levels of campus activity campus including among others: research, teaching ‘green activities’ and social involvement in the community.”

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A lesson on employment courtesy of Israeli army

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald:

A banking executive lamented to me the challenges of retaining Gen Y employees. A graduate had resigned after a mere three months with the company and explained his departure in terms of not having received the one-on-one training he had expected from the CEO.

This executive is not alone. Perplexed organisations are struggling with annual turnover rates that reach beyond 40 per cent.

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But unless there is a significant economic downturn and jobs suddenly become scarce, organisations are just going to have to live with a new paradigm. Young employees have vastly different expectations from their elders and have no compunction about getting up and leaving for perceived greener pastures when dissatisfied.

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Makhteshim Agan, the world’s seventh largest agrochemicals maker, recently bought a 51% stake in South Korea’s JK Inc., and is also buying 100% of Mexico’s Ingeniera Industrial S.A. de C.V. (Bravo AG).

Bravo AG, established in 1951, is a manufacturer and distributor of copper-based pesticides, a green crop protection method used in organic agriculture. JK Inc. has sales offices throughout Korea and over 1,000 retailers carrying its product line, in addition to a local formulation facility.

Israel Looks to Export Water Tech to World’s Mines

Friday, January 7th, 2011

As reported in The Foreign Trade Administration has a new plan to double Israel’s water technology exports, by 2012.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor’s Foreign Trade Administration has a new plan to double Israel’s water technologies exports, by 2012, from the $1.5 billion in exports in 2010. The new plan targets coal, copper and gold mines in South Africa, Brazil, Chile, and Australia.The Ministry of Industry’s commercial attaches have begun seeking business opportunities for integrating Israeli water technologies in the mining industry. Israel NewTech director Oded Distel told “Globes”, “The nature of mining combined with growing water shortages and growing public awareness of the need to purify wastewater has made Israeli technologies, considered leaders in the field, relevant. It would be a terrible waste if we miss the momentum to integrate Israeli technologies in this niche.”

Distel added, “The government has decided in principle to expand the international activity of Israeli cleantech companies and fulfilling their business potential in the global market. We decided to focus our efforts on the mining industry because Israeli companies have something to offer them.”

Israeli irrigation equipment makers, water desalination companies, companies developing energy saving technologies for desalination, and developers of sewage treatment technologies are participating in the program. They include desalination plants operator IDE Technologies Ltd., Amiad Filtration Systems Ltd., Whitewater Technology Group, water quality monitoring systems developer Blue I Water Technologies Ltd., and Mapal Green Energy Ltd.

16 Israeli water technology companies recently visited South Africa, after previously visiting mines in Australia, Brazil, and Chile. When the potential in these countries is met, the second circle of countries includes Canada and China. Distel said that these visits yielded talks between Israeli cleantech and engineering companies and mining corporations.

Eco-tourism in the Galilee

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Tourists from both Israel and abroad can travel the country and enjoy activities that have minimal impact on the environment and build environmental awareness.

Environmental tourism options in Israel are growing apace, especially in the verdant Galilee region. If you want a healthy holiday, check in to the Mizpe-Hayamim Hotel, Spa and Organic Farm. Dating from the 1960s, the complex was the vision of Dr. Eric Yaros – a physician and homeopath who emigrated from Berlin.

The vegetarian restaurant gets a personal recommendation and while you’re there, be sure to walk up the hill to the 28-acre farm that supplies every single one of the restaurant’s seasonal vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

The valley below the hotel is home to the bird-watching paradise of the Hula Valley and Lake Agmon. More than 500 million birds – 400 species – stop over in the valley, as they migrate between Europe and Africa in the spring and fall. Visitors can rent electric golf carts or bicycles, and set out alone or with a resident ornithologist for a tour of the restored wetlands

For a more intimate green getaway, try Hemdatiya in Moshav Sejera-Ilaniya. It’s a small B&B with five rooms, in carefully-restored stone farm buildings dating from the early 20th century. Vineyards, goats and seasonal organic vegetable gardens, provide salads, wine and cheese for guests.

Another attractive and practical eco-feature for drought-plagued Israel – all the water from the rooms is channeled down to the wetlands, to irrigate the orchards.

Atalya Trua, one of the owners of Hemdatiya, is passionate about the importance of the eco-holiday site: “The ecologic life is the only way to live today… for the environment, and for the next people, the next generation.”