Making bricks out of salt

Salt is a polluting waste product from industry and desalination. Now scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have converted salt into bricks that are many times stronger than cement. Also, making standard bricks generates huge amounts of CO2, whereas salt bricks produce almost none.

An engine for hi-tech growth in the North

The Kinneret Innovation Center (see previously) is emerging as a leading Israeli tech hub for agriculture, water and sustainability. CEO Elad Shamir, the grandson of former Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir, oversees an innovation academy and the construction of an agro-technology park.

Building a bright future for Israel’s youth

Watch this webinar, featuring Dr. Shahar Abramovitch, the director of Ben Gurion University’s Jusidman Science Center for Youth.  The center aims to provide every child in Israel’s periphery the opportunity to succeed. Its remarkable young students are the future of Israel.

Solar windows

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) are using the mineral perovskite to coat solar panels and create transparent windows that generate electricity. It has led to two HUJ startups, Trans/Sol and SOLRA (see previously).

Space-tech conference

Tel Aviv’s Ramon Geoint360 conference (Nov 6-7) showcased Israel’s cutting-edge space-tech innovations in earth observation, remote sensing, computer vision & image processing. The use of geo-spatial data, computer vision, precise mapping, and artificial intelligence, all to benefit humankind.

Storing energy underwater

Israel’s BaroMar has developed an underwater solution for storing wind and solar power in the form of compressed air at depths of 200 – 700 meters. It claims to be the most sustainable energy storage solution, with a neutral carbon footprint, no hazardous materials, and minimal impact on surroundings.

Breathtaking wind propulsion

Israel’s NayamWings has created a new wind propulsion system for maritime vessels based on a rigid wing sail. It outperforms all other wing sail systems – 200% better than soft sails. It reduces energy used by existing (retrofitted) ships by up to 25% and new-builds by more than 55%.

Instant products at home

Israel’s Capsulab has developed a machine to produce your favorite cosmetic or food product instantly by putting all the ingredients into a single vacuum-sealed capsule. Pop the capsule into the machine, press a button, and the ingredients are mixed on the spot, guaranteeing a fresh, potent product.

Printing burgers for hi-tech workers

Israel’s SavorEat (see previously) is partnering with Israeli catering company Yarzin-Sella to install its plant-based meat products robot chefs in a host of hi-tech offices. Yarzin-Sella’s Tel Aviv clients include Ironsource, Meta (Facebook), Google and Playtika.

Algae to make bio-friendly dyes and fibers

Traditional dyes are made of coal tar and petroleum in polluting processes. Israel’s Algaeing, however, creates fully bio-degradable formulations for dyeing, using algae, that produce zero waste. Combined with cellulose, or plant fibers, the formulation can create algae-based textiles.