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New Solar Energy Fields Launched in Negev and North of Eilat

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A solar energy company headquartered at a Conservative Jewish kibbutz spread its solar energy investments with the launch of six new solar fields in the Negev and Arava, north of Eilat, on Monday.

The $150-million projects cover 128 acres on moshavim and kibbutzim.

Arava, based on the Ketura Kibbutz in the Arava, approximately 43 miles north of Eilat, also has begun construction of a 150-acre solar energy farm near Ketura and which will be able to supply more than a third of Eilat’s electricity’s needs

“Now that the current quotas have been utilized, the time has come to launch the economic tariff era, and to build scores of additional projects, all of them in the Negev and Arava, ventures which long ago demonstrated eligibility for tariff approval, ventures which can be hooked up to the national grid within a year of publication of the second campaign series,” said Arava Power CEO Jon Cohen said.

Arab has been an innovator in clean energy. It recently installed the world’s first automated cleaning system with 84 robots for its solar 28,000 panels.

The kibbutz is environmentally oriented in other areas besides solar energy.

Its operates Algatechnologies, a leading manufacturer and supplier of natural algae astaxanthin. The company announced on Monday the launch of a new products, called AstaPure® 20% astaxanthin oleoresin, which “offers much smaller, friendlier sized capsules without changing or reducing the astaxanthin dosage,” according to Efrat Kat, Director of Marketing and Sales at Algatech.

Algatech’s cultivation process employs a closed system that remains completely exposed to natural sunlight.

AstaPure products are used in multiple forms of dietary supplements, “cosmeceuticals,” foods and beverages.

Israelis Invent Revolutionary Alternative Fuel

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have invented a process to make a green feed alternative for crude oil out of two of the most common substances on Earth – water and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas detrimental to the environment.

Profs. Moti Herskowitz and Miron Landau, along with Dr. Roxana Vidruk and the team at BGU’s Blechner Center of Industrial Catalysis and Process Development have developed a green feed that can be converted using well-established technologies into liquid fuel and delivered using existing infrastructure to gas stations. As opposed to other alternative fuel sources, such as electric cars, which require additional infrastructure, this green feed would merely replace oil as the input for refineries.

The project is partially supported by I-SAEF (Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation).

Herskowitz unveiled the revolutionary breakthrough at the Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv last week.

“It is an extraordinary challenge to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen to green feed,” says Herskowitz. “The technology is based on novel specially tailored catalysts and catalytic processes. Well-established, commercially available technology can be directly applied to the process developed at BGU. It is envisaged that the short-term implementation of the process will combine synthetic gas produced from various renewable and alternative sources with carbon dioxide and hydrogen.”

Prof. Herskowitz, who is the Israel Cohen Chair in Chemical Engineering and the VP & Dean at BGU, indicated that the new process should become a reality in the near future. “Since there are no foreseen technological barriers, the new process should become a reality within five to ten years,” he says.

Regarding other alternative fuels, Herskowitz maintains that his invention represents a game-changer.

“The liquids that have been used over the past decade are ethanol (alcohol), biodiesel and/or blends of these fuels with conventional fuels, as will continue to be done in the foreseeable future. These alternatives are, however, far from ideal, and there is a pressing need for a game-changing approach to produce alternative drop-in liquid transportation fuels by sustainable, technologically viable and environmentally acceptable processes from abundant, low-cost, renewable materials.”

Researchers at the Blechner Center have also developed a novel process for converting vegetable and algae oils to advanced green diesel and jet fuels.

Arava Solar Power Company Secures $204 Million Finances for Solar Projects

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Israel’s Arava Power Company has closed on financing for eight solar power projects worth $204 million.

Arava, based in Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel, will build five solar energy fields in the Negev. The company also will be building three solar projects in the kibbutz communities of Kerem Shalom, Mishmar HaNegev and Bror Hail.

“We are helping to fulfill David Ben-Gurion’s vision of turning the Negev into the center of solar energy production,” said David Rosenblatt, co-founder and vice chairman of Arava.

“These installations to be built in the Negev Desert are yet another step towards energy independence for the State of Israel and a greener future for generations to come,” said Jon Cohen, CEO of Arava.

Israel’s Public Utility Authority in March granted Arava a license for the country’s largest solar energy field to go online at Kibbutz Ketura. Construction on the $150 million Ketura field is set to begin at the end of this year and is expected to be completed in mid-2014, according to Arava.

In February, Arava was granted the first-ever license for a solar project in the Bedouin community; it is being funded by the U.S. government.

Israel’s First Massive Solar Farms Receive Licenses

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Israel’s scorching-hot desert will soon be home to massive solar energy farms, bringing Israel closer to its goal of reliance on renewable energy.

The Public Utility Authority on Monday issued nine licenses to establish Israel’s first large-scale solar energy farms.

The largest license was granted to Solar Energy at Kibbutz Gevim in the northwestern Negev, followed by licenses for a group of companies related to Gush Katif evacuees in Moshav Ohad, Zmorot Solar park, Arava Power Company at Kibbutz Ketura in the souther Arava Desert, and Gilat Energy at Gilat, a moshav between Beersheba and Ofakim.

The Arava Power company hopes to have its $150 million, 150,000 panel, 40 megawatt solar field up and running by 2014 on 600 dunams of barren kibbutz-owned land formerly home to a mango grove.

The power from the photovoltaic fields of Kibbutz Ketura alone will be enough to run one third of Eilat, one of Israel’s most popular tourist destinations and one of its biggest energy gluttons, being situated at Israel’s southern-most point, at the bottom of the burning Negev desert.  The switch to solar is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60,000 of carbon dioxide, 160 tons of sulfurous oxide, and 126 tons of nitrous oxide per year.

Middle East Roundup: Iranian Missiles, Sudanese Refugees, Solar Energy

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Israel in talks to help build Sudanese camp for relocated refugees

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed interest in offering aid to South Sudan for the building of a city that would house Sudanese refugees returning from Israel. There are currently about 15,000 Sudanese refugees living in Israel.

The plan in question will construct a massive city in South Sudan to which Sudanese refugees who escaped to Israel will be returned. South Sudan has already agreed to take back 10,000 refugees that Israel will fly into the country and make a payment to the South Sudanese government for the acceptance of each refugee. Israeli officials are currently discussing further details of the potential initiative with the South Sudanese representatives.

In total, there are about 50,000 refugees living in Israel today, many of whom have taken great risks traveling to Israel. This has made the issue a divisive one.

 

Iran claims to own missile that can reach Israel and US

Iran is claiming it has successfully fired a long-range missile that can reach Israel and as far as the United States, the Israel National News reported. This occurred as part of a 10-day exercise titled the “Great Prophet Mohommad War Games,” in which Iran’s Revolutionary Guards tested long-range, short and medium missiles.

“The missile managed to hit the desired targets with precision and totally destroy them,” said the official Iranian government IRNA news agency.

In addition, the Iranian government has threatened that if the need arises, it can close the Strait of Hormuz, a passageway through which the world receives between 20 to 40 percent of its energy needs, said navy spokesman Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi.

 

Muslim Brotherhood will never recognize Israel, official says

A leader from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that the group has no plans to recognize the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. In fact the group might even call for a referendum on the treaty.

Rashad al-Bayoumi told Al-Hayat Newspaper that the Muslim Brotherhood will never cooperate with Israel “no matter what the situation is.”

The Muslim Brotherhood has captured nearly half of the votes in the first Egyptian elections after last year’s uprising and the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. The final election round is expected in the coming days.

“On no condition will we recognize Israel. It is an enemy entity, an exploiting, criminal occupier,” al-Bayoumi added.

 

Opposition leaders in Syria preparing for post-Assad era

Syrian opposition groups, already planning for the day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad either steps down or is pushed out, met in London on Saturday and agreed that a post-Assad Syria would be both democratic and secular, Israel Hayom reported.

Details of the agreement point to the group’s opposition to Western military intervention in Syria, but not that of Arab military intervention. According to the document, the leading groups “reject any military intervention that harms the sovereignty or stability of the country, though Arab intervention is not considered foreign.”

The leading opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Council, signed the deal on Friday with the largely Syrian-based National Coordination Committee, according to Moulhem Droubi, a top SNC member from Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Israeli company scores U.S. contracts for solar energy development

Ormat Technologies Inc., an Israeli company developing geothermal and recovered energy-based power plants, scored two major contracts with American energy providers.

The company signed one $21.4 million contract with U.S. energy giant Cyrq Energy Inc. for the improvement of a geothermal project in the state of Utah. It also signed a two-year power purchase agreement with California community-owned utility Imperial Irrigation District. This will allow the company to develop its first 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic farm near one of its geothermal plants in the state.

“While Ormat’s roots in solar energy go back more than 40 years, we have recently reinitiated our development efforts in solar projects as a way to expand our renewable energy portfolio,” Ormat Technologies COO Yoram Bronicki said.

 

Yaffa Yarkoni, Israel’s ‘war singer,’ dies at 86

Israel’s “war singer” Yaffa Yarkoni passed away on Sunday, one week after her 86th birthday. Yarkoni’s songs served as a national soundtrack since the founding of the Jewish state.

Yarkoni died at the Reuth Medical Center in Tel Aviv after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In 1998, she received the prestigious Israel Prize for Hebrew song, for, among other things, her courage in singing to soldiers on the front lines.

In the 1940s, Yarkoni enlisted in the Haganah [the pre-1948 Palestinian Jewish defense force that later evolved into the IDF] serving as a radio operator in the Givati Brigade. During lulls in the fighting she would sing to the soldiers over the radio connection.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said, “While the IDF captured enemy positions, she captured the hearts of soldiers. She was the nightingale of the IDF and of the entire nation.”

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