Israeli Cabinet Moves Ahead With 10% Renewables by 2020


Despite a potentially thriving renewable sector, Israel’s government selects a relatively modest and unenforced goal The Israeli cabinet has just approved the 10% renewable energy target by 2020 initially proposed by Finance Minister Roni Bar-On three years ago. This is lower than some had expected. In May, Israel’s Director of Industry had touted a higher level: 20% […]

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Emefcy Funded to Make Bugs Produce Energy


Two serial water technology entrepreneurs from Israel, Eytan Levy and Ronen Shechter, who also founded Israel’s AqWise, have come up with another way to put bacteria in wastewater to work for us. Their electrogenic bioreactor generates electricity directly during the process of treating wastewater.

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Better Place Inaugurates First Battery Swap in Denmark


Denmark is the newest country to get Israeli innovator Shai Agassi’s battery-switching stations. The first of 20 long-planned Better Place battery swap stations slated for installation over the next twelve months was inaugurated today, CNet is reporting. The EV battery switching station was installed in Gladsaxe, a town just outside of Copenhagen. The first battery […]

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Dubai Ends Cheap Local Gas


The Dubai government’s Emirates National Oil Co (ENOC) has stopped supplying subsidized gasoline to gas stations in neighboring sheikdoms in the United Arab Emirates. Hit hard by the property crash, the once high-flying Dubai government is now penny pinching. Even at the risk of destabilizing the region – in the same way that rising food […]

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Dead Sea Inspires Advantix Systems’ Cooling Tech


Advantix Systems is yet another new Israel-based cleantech company just entering the U.S. market with an innovative solution for a big problem for US states as the climate heats up with climate change, while simultaneously, fossil fuels become rarer and more expensive, in the ongoing journey down the other side of Hubberts Peak. The company […]

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Now Even Big Oil is Getting in on the Geothermal Boom in Indonesia


Chevron is about to join Israeli geothermal pioneer Ormat in drilling for geothermal energy in what clean-energy investor Al Gore has described as the world’s first potential “geothermal superpower” – Indonesia. Ormat is building a 330 MW geothermal plant in Indonesia’s North Sumatra, and has invested in other Pacific Rim nations too. It just landed a deal […]

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Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms


Make wind power? Egypt wants to talk to you about its electricity needs. In a summary of the policy environment for wind power in Egypt completed after the revolution earlier this year, Reve sums up the policy background to Egypt’s dramatic new post-revolution energy and environmental tenders plan, which we have covered at Green Prophet too. They’re big […]

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BrightSource Energy Has Potential to Supply 13% of California’s Electricity


According to its recent filing with the SEC, BrightSource Energy has control of approximately 110,000 acres suitable for solar development in California and the U.S. Southwest with the potential to produce approximately 11 GW (11,000 MW) of installed capacity. The total capacity supplied to California – from all forms of electricity – both from in-state […]

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Why China Could Prove to be the Better Place for EVs


Could China’s totalitarian government advance disruptive technology better? This week Shai Agassi’s Better Place is realizing a long held dream of moving to a better place to realize electric vehicle battery swapping in lieu of fast charging for the electric car: Guangzhou, China. While Agassi’s electric vehicle battery swapping stations have already launched in far […]

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Now 39 Tortoises Halt Phase 2 and 3 of the BrightSource Ivanpah Solar Project


Is the vast benefit of clean energy given accurate weight against the costs to one species of tortoise? BrightSource Energy‘s 392 MW Ivanpah solar project, now under construction, has met another obstacle. With the discovery of more tortoises than expected on the land, tortoises are halting part of the pioneering solar project, according to Ucilia […]

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Solaris Synergy Eyes California’s Aqueduct for its Floating Solar Farms


California’s gigantic aqueduct that snakes through the entire state to irrigate farms is probably the world’s best site for developing solar on bodies of water. According to Todd Woody at the New York Times, who asks, Could the California Aqueduct serve as a solar farm? Israel’s Solaris Synergy estimates that its floating solar system could […]

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Israeli Designer Creates a Green Toilet for India’s Slum Dwellers


This green toilet by Noa Lerner will be a boon for third world countries that lack sanitary public waste facilities. While other industrial designers merely tweak the appearance of the latest electronic gadget to make minor improvements to trivial point-of-sale appeal, Israel’s Noa Lerner, a Berlin-based industrial engineer, is developing a much more crucial necessity: […]

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