Saudi Arabia Investing in Nanotech for Desalination

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Saudi Arabia officials meet for nanotech desalination investment The development of nanotech membranes for use in desalination is one of the new ideas Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is considering to modernize the Kingdsom’s 80-year-old oil-powered desalination technology. Two things need to be accomplished. As peak oil continues to deplete oil production now used to generate […]

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Nuclear-Powered Water For The UAE?

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The Emirates are feeling the pressure of energy and water deficits. Unfortunately, their nuclear solutions are still shortsighted. Dubai grew and grew: without any kind of environmental foresight, the Emirate built the tallest this and the biggest that, showing off its engineering might. And despite some efforts to learn from its neighbor’s mistakes, Abu Dhabi […]

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Israel Marine Ecologist Says Mediterranean Needs More Environmental Protection

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Despite recent beach cleanup efforts, much more needs to be done to protect the Mediterranean. Meet Dr. Ruth Yahel, a marine ecologist for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, who specializes in studying and protecting Israel’s Mediterranean marine environment. She said that the Med is “going through an enormous change, and that  50% of the […]

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Egypt & Bahrain Pin Hopes On Joint Desalination Projects

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Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources sees desalination as a solution to future water shortages. Egypt and Bahrain are looking at a cooperation agreement that will enable both countries to develop water desalination projects between the two countries, Egypt’s water resources and irrigation ministry confirmed to Bikya Masr on Tuesday. “We believe that the future water […]

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Organic Farms Growing in Dubai

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Dubai’s government is developing more organic farms, but oil-dependent desalination plants used for water casts a shadow on their carbon footprint News from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates tended to be dominated by new construction projects being announced or more recently debts levels, but it seems that the government is making a serious push […]

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Palestinian and Israeli Researchers Get Reverse Osmosis Water Grant

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America gives more than half a million dollars to Israeli and Palestinian water researchers to clean water in the West Bank. Ben Gurion University researcher Dr. Moshe Herzberg (above) and Prof. Mohammed Saleem Ali-Shtayeh of the Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center in Nablus, have received an American USAID-MERC grant of $659,410 to increase the clean water […]

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Abu Dhabi’s Costly Desalination Plants Prompt Wastewater Treatment Plans

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Treating wastewater and encouraging water efficiency balances high cost of desalination in water-scarce countries. To some, desalination plants are the Middle East’s holy grail. Israel’s IDE launched its 3rd such plant, and Bahrain has joined the fray with theirs. However, it is no coincidence that in the last year alone Israel has also experienced a […]

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New Hadera Desalination Plant May Help Restore Water to Lower Jordan River

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As seawater flows into the Hadera Desalination Plant, will fresh water flow into the dying Jordan River? The world’s largest desalination plant using the reverse osmosis method for extracting salt from the sea is now up and running outside the Israel coastal city of Hadera, according to the Associated Press. The new plant is the […]

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Bahrain Aims to Increase its Water Production by 33% – Within One Year

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This desalination plant in Al-Hidd will be joined by additional facilities as Bahrain seeks to boost its water production. (Image via sidem-desalination.com) Aiming to meet its growing water needs, Bahrain is pursuing an ambitious plan to increase its production of desalinated water. The kingdom currently produces 142 million gallons of water a day. The first […]

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Saudi Arabia and IBM to Develop Solar-powered Desalination Plant

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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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Japan and Saudi Arabia Plan Giant Desalination Equipment Plant to "Freshen Up" Regional Water Supplies

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Revese osmosis membrane equipment will help quench thirst of oil rich, but water-poor Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has been in the news a lot in regards to building desalination facilities, on which the Kingdom depends for most of its fresh water supplies. This includes what has been hailed as the worlds’ largest desalination facility in […]

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Raanan Boral on Israel's Water Security and Sustainability Potential in Middle East

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The Arab world is in a water crisis. That much we know from this week’s news. To encourage more regional cooperation, Green Prophet has been building on a series of interviews with influential water experts from Israel. In partnership with the Strategic Foresight Group we are gathering information to understand Israel’s water industry from the […]

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Interview With Eli Ronen, Chairman of Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company

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When we talk about water security in the Middle East, Israel could play a role in making water allocation a sustainable endeavour for this water-starved region. Partnering with the Strategic Foresight Group for its water series, Green Prophet interviews one of the most influential water company in Israel today: Mekorot. We talk with Eli Ronen, […]

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Water and 9 Israel-related Cleantech Headlines, Week of November 15, 2009

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During the week of November 15, 2009, the 2009 WATEC water conference took place in Tel Aviv. Israel plans to desalinate Cypriot water and Green Prophet wrote about two companies that are generating power from leaks in water pipes. For these stories and the rest of this week’s 9 Israel-related cleantech headlines, see below. Solar […]

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CNBC On Israel's Clean Tech Potential For America

Appearing on CNBC, serial entrepreneur Jon Medved mentions the thousand or so clean tech start-ups in Israel. He’s also talking about the tried tested and true clean tech companies: In geothermal energy, the largest in the world is Israel’s Ormat (ORA) which trades on the NASDAQ. Medved discusses the solar companies Solel and BrightSource. Solel […]

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