New Zealand energy firm invests $10m in Iron Dome maker
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
mPrest’s technology will allow Vector engineers to manage and predict outages and allow the efficient delivery of energy to and from the grid.
Did a gas and electric company in New Zealand just buy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system to protect its infrastructure? Not quite.
But New Zealand-based energy and communications infrastructure provider Vector did make a $10 million investment in the Israeli company that developed the Iron Dome. And some of the technologies that power Israel’s remarkable protection against projectiles will be used by Vector as part of its IoT (Internet of Things) approach to optimizing management and control services.
Vector’s investment in Israel’s mPrest means that the New Zealand company has transitioned from mPrest customer to investor and business partner. The two companies “will to continue to develop and apply a machine learning and artificial intelligence system to better manage Auckland’s changing energy demands.”
8 must-have Israeli eco-products to make your life greener
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
From e-scooters to smart water systems to upcycled accessories, these items consume fewer natural resources and keep the air cleaner.
You don’t have to be a card-carrying tree-hugger to take some simple steps toward a better environment. Whether you care deeply about air and water pollution or just want to cut your energy bills, the things you choose to use can make a difference.
ISRAEL21c looks at eight products designed in Israel that can help make a positive contribution to planet Earth.
Internatonal Coastal Cleanup Day makes world beaches cleaner.
by Maurice Picow in Cities, posted on GreenProphet
Solid and liquid waste pollution on most world beaches is an issue that appears to be getting worse; despite efforts by volunteer environmentalists in the Middle East and elsewhere to make beaches cleaner and more eco friendly. Whether it be plastic littered beaches on such places as Midway Island, caused largely by plastic wastes accumulating in the Great North Pacific Gyre, or garbage carelessly thrown upon a Mediterranean beachfront, coastal pollution is having a severe environmental impact worldwide.
Beginning on a single Texas beach in 1986, a worldwide International Coastal Cleanup day has resulted in millions of kilograms of plastic and other solid wastes being removed from world beachfronts and coastal waterways.
Artificial reefs are better than the real thing for divers
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
New study shows artificial reefs in Eilat, meant to take pressure off natural reefs, are growing more popular and preserving authentic coral.
When does an artificial vacation destination trump the real thing? When it’s a diving spot in Eilat and the aim is to preserve the authentic coral reefs nearby.
That’s one of the conclusions from a new study out of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, published this week in in the Journal of Environmental Management.
Welcome to Israel’s water revolution
By Lin Arison & Diana C. Stoll/The Desert and the Cities Sing for Israel21c
Although Israel is nearly two-thirds desert, the country has enough water to sustain itself, thanks to its efforts in water conservation, reuse, and desalination.
When it comes to water, Israel is up against some serious challenges. The country is nearly two-thirds desert, and even those places where water exists, such as Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) and the headwaters of the Hermon River, are overtaxed, which could lead to a breakdown of what is known as Israel’s “water economy.”
Needless to say, water is at the center of many disputes in the region with Israel and its neighboring countries.