Egypt Nears Completion of Hybrid Solar Thermal Plant


Solar field at Kuraymat, Egypt is now fully assembled. Image via Ra, the sun god of the ancient Egyptians, would be proud: Egypt’s first large-scale solar thermal facility is nearing completion. A parabolic trough solar field, incorporating nearly 2,000 collector units and covering 130,000 square meters, has been installed at the Kuraymat project site, […]

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Israeli Solar Water Heaters Heading to North America


Israel’s solar water heating technology made by Chromogen heads to the US and Canada. Chromagen, an Israeli developer and manufacturer of solar water heating solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with Milwaukee-based A. O. Smith Corporation. The agreement provides A. O. Smith the exclusive rights to market and distribute Chromagen’s solar collectors for residential […]

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Saudi Arabia and IBM to Develop Solar-powered Desalination Plant


Green Prophet’s post on solar powered desalination plants earlier this year reported Saudi Arabia’s interest in harnessing solar energy to drive its growing array of desalination plants. This week the oil-rich kingdom announced a partnership with IBM to pursue this goal. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia’s leading R&D institute, will team […]

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Lebanon Looks to "Smart Grid" and Renewable Sources to Generate 12% of Its Electricity by 2020


Addressing a renewable energy forum in Beirut earlier this month, Lebanon’s Water and Energy Minister Gebran Bassil (pictured left) cited the need for regulatory changes to facility the introduction of renewable energy in the country, but expressed optimism that Lebanon will reach its goal of generating 12% of its electricity through renewable resources by 2020. […]

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Kuwait Still Cleaning Up Environment After Saddam's Mess


While the final votes were being counted in the Iraqi elections this week, a three-day conference was held in Kuwait to discuss efforts to repair the environmental devastation inflicted by a previous Iraqi regime nearly two decades ago. In retreat from its seven-month occupation of Kuwait that triggered the Gulf War of 1991, Saddam Hussein’s […]

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Israel prepares to combat greenhouse gas emissions


(Image via Israel’s cabinet approved a joint proposal by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Finance on Sunday to formulate a national plan on greenhouse gas emissions, the Globes newspaper reported. An inter-ministerial committee will be formed to study a range of issues, including energy efficiency, green construction, and the ramifications […]

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South Korea Looks to Collaborate With Israel on Renewable Energy


Shimon Peres from Israel and Lee Myung-bak from South Korea at Davos. (Image via Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.) A high-ranking delegation from South Korea is currently visiting Israel to explore possibilities for collaboration between the two countries on renewable energy. The 37-member delegation represents 22 companies, as well as local authorities and R&D centers, […]

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Israel Seeks to Build Nuclear Power Plants With Arab Neighbors


A pan-Middle East nuclear power plan? Arabs and Israelis working together? While Israel continues to maintain a policy of ambiguity regarding its military nuclear capability, it is making no secret about its plans to pursue a nuclear option to meet its energy needs. The minister of infrastructure, Uzi Landau, officially announced today that Israel seeks […]

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Dubai Municipality Plans to Expand Green Spaces


The Dubai municipality seeks to increase the emirate’s green areas by 4% by the end of next year, including new public parks and additional landscaping, reported today. According to municipality officials, there is currently the equivalent of 13.18 square meters of green space per capita in Dubai. The aim is to nearly double this figure and […]

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Israeli Start-up GreenRoad Technologies Gets Boost from Al Gore


Image of Al Gore via BusinessWeek Former US Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management cleantech fund led a $10 million financing round for the Israeli start-up GreenRoad Technologies, the Globes business newspaper reported on Monday. GreenRoad Technologies will use the new injection of capital to accelerate the deployment of its […]

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Egypt Teams With Abu Dhabi on 200MW Wind Farm Near Suez


Wind farm in Egyptian desert at Zafarana. (Image via The Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and Abu Dhabi’s green energy company, Masdar, signed a framework agreement on February 18th for a 200 megawatt wind power plant, slated for Egypt’s eastern coast near Suez.  The project is the first collaborative venture between Egypt […]

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Upbeat Mood at Carbon-Neutral Eilat Energy Event as AORA Solar Leaves Stealth Mode


Uzi Landau and Udi Gat launching the Arava Validation Center on Tuesday; Credit: Aran Dolev Despite some grumbling about zigzags in government policy and bureaucratic obstacles, the mood at the third annual Eilat-Eilot International Energy Conference & Exhibition seemed upbeat during Day 1 of the three-day event, which opened in Eilat on Tuesday. The CEO […]

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German Firm to Invest in "Green" Israeli Jet Fuel From Algae

The renewable energy investment company Rosebud Energy Deutschland is ready to invest $500 million in research in Israel for the production of algae-based bio jet fuel, the Israeli business newspaper Globes reported yesterday. John Antoniadis, the CEO of the German company, met last week in Israel with Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan and Minister […]

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