This week there was a milestone announcement that some may have missed. Half of Israel’s electricity now comes from natural gas – mainly from the new Tamar offshore gas field. As if to mark the occasion, last week was ablaze with news of energetic Israelis and their innovations and achievements.
Coinciding with the landmark natural gas highlight, Israel Corporation subsidiary IC Green Energy inaugurated a facility in New Jersey to produce gasoline from natural gas. The plant can produce up to 100,000 gallons (440,000 liters) of gasoline a year. Automobiles will be able to use the lower cost, less emissions fuel without any modifications.
Staying in the US, Ebay has brought in Israel’s Ormat Technologies to build a 5MW Recoverable Energy Generator (REG) for its Utah data center. REGs turn waste energy from industrial processes into usable electrical power. Ormat already recovers 160 megawatts in the USA and 595 MW worldwide.
Turning to individuals, Israel’s Miss Israel beauty queen, 22-year-old Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw, certainly energized the citizens of Los Angeles, where she was a guest of Christian preacher Ronald V. Myers. Rev Myers said that everyone should know what Israel did to rescue Ethiopian Jews. Over in Amsterdam, a 19-year-old Israeli, Shahar Shenhar, used the “magical” energy of his playing cards to become 2013 world champion at Magic: The Gathering. MtG is as popular as chess among young intellectuals.
When there is too much energy, Israel’s fire scouts are on hand to help put out the flames. About 1,500 Israeli teens (often from problem homes) learn to operate fire trucks, ladders and hoses, plus rescue techniques and types of fires. Their skills have saved lives directly, including two 18-month-old babies rescued from a burning apartment. Energetic kids also need safeguarding, so you may wish to consider the Israeli Foxiwatch to keep a watch on them. The Foxiwatch has GPS, a mobile phone and an emergency contact button.
For those who need more sophisticated monitoring of their energy levels and other physiological readings, Israel’s Elfi Tech monitors your pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood flow and much more, non-invasively at any time with the help of a sensor smaller than a dime. It has just been selected as a finalist of the Nokia Sensing XChallenge.