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Israel’s IDE to help build largest desalination plant in U.S.

Israel’s IDE to help build largest desalination plant in U.S.

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Israel NewTech reported that IDE Technologies will take part in the building and maintaining of what will be the largest desalination plant in the U.S., using the company's reverse osmosis technology, under a deal that totals $650 Million for IDE. As reported in Globes, IDE  has signed a $150 million contract with one of the largest desalination ventures in the US to plan and supply equipment for the plant, which will be built near the Encina power station in Carlsabad, in San Diego County, California. Reuters estimated the plant to be a nearly $1 Billion project and stated that its objective is to help alleviate the region’s water shortage. The facility, expected to begin operations in 2016, will produce 54 million gallons (204,412 cubic meters) of potable water each day, making it the largest sea water desalination plant in the United States, IDE said in a statement on Thursday. The company also reached a 30-year operation and maintenance agreement with Poseidon Resources, which last week said it had secured $922 million funding for the project. Poseidon Resources, a subsidiary of Poseidon Water, said the treated water will be delivered into San Diego County's water system. The plant will use IDE's reverse osmosis technology, which requires less energy and is friendlier to the environment than thermal-based systems. It is part of a plan to have 7% of the region's water supply come from desalinated sea water by 2020. “The Carlsbad Desalination Project is a significant milestone for us, California and the U.S. at large, as we believe it will set the stage for the future of desalination in America,” said Avshalom Felber (in WaterWorld), CEO of IDE Technologies Ltd. “For decades, we’ve successfully completed similar projects in countries all over the world, and we’re excited to be a part of what will be the largest desalination plant in the U.S." Waterworld also quoted Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas, “Our view is that the Carlsbad project that we’re about to embark upon will accelerate both the visibility of desalination in North America and the ability of potential clients, both public and private, to understand how creative project delivery, creative finance and innovative process design allow these types of projects to happen. The movement in the U.S. toward desalination has been a long time coming, and we’re ready to lead the charge.” IDE is also helping to construct the largest reverse osmosis plant in the world in Israel. The company is jointly owned by Israeli conglomerate Delek Group and Israel Chemicals.
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U.S. Water Industry Heads Network with Start-ups in Tel Aviv

U.S. Water Industry Heads Network with Start-ups in Tel Aviv

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[caption id="attachment_946" align="alignright" width="100"] Panel: McIntire, Jones, Tunnicliffe[/caption] “Israel has some of the largest and most innovative water projects in the world,” said Peter Tunnicliffe, Executive VP Global Market Development at CDM Smith. Tunnicliffe spoke as part of a delegation of over 40 heads of water solution companies, investors and government representatives who are in Israel this week, meeting with Israeli start-up companies and seeking out the next breakthrough technology and company in the water arena. Yesterday’s event was a networking session organized by CleanIsrael and sponsored by Autodesk and featuring speakers from multi-billion dollar revenue companies from the U.S. One of the themes that rose from the panel and from discussions that followed it, was the need to create an ecosystem to support innovation, and this is why a number of government representative from Massachusetts came on the delegation. Massachusetts, like Israel, has strong academic, industrial, and investment community resources in the water arena, but the challenge is to have this entire ecosystem work efficiently together to enable innovative technologies to be implemented.
Panel: McIntire, Jones, Tunnicliffe
We spoke with Karen Golmer, a water professional with 30 years of experience (having worked for GE, and today serving as Global Executive Director Water & Energy Solutions at Diversey). “I came here to learn how things are done in Israel, how the ecosystem here works effectively,” said Golmer. When asked what it is about Israel’s water industry that makes it stand out she said, “I think there is no fear of failure in Israel,” and this openness to risk-taking is a key success factor. Chris McIntire, SVP & President, Analytics at Xylem, told of how he founded a company which in time was bought by the ITT Corporation and became Xylem, and of what he looks for when scouting out the next technology breakthrough. Regular engineering services are being commoditized, and this, according to Pete Tunnicliffe, is why water companies like CDM Smith and Xylem are always looking for the next innovative idea. When asked about the barriers that technology companies face from municipalities on the way to implementation, Tunnicliffe noted that he thinks municipalities are loosening limitations a little. “Innovations are necessary to increase efficiency. At the end of the day this saves money, and that’s the main driver in the market today.” Also on the panel was Earl Jones, Member of Liberation Capital, which recently invested over $6 million in Desalitech, invested in a second Israeli company (which Jones did not name) and is about to close a third such investment. “The work ethic and team effort here is like nothing else on the planet,” said Jones. His recommendation to start-ups? Connect to solution providers like CDM Smith and Xylem, who can provide the valuable connection to clients.
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Israeli delegation brings urban water expertise to India

Israeli delegation brings urban water expertise to India

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“There is a an almost uncanny fit between India’s needs in the urban water arena, and what Israeli companies are able to offer,” so says Abraham Tenne, VP Desalination at Israel’s Water Authority following a visit last week to India. The visit was one implementation of an agreement signed this past February between the two nations aimed at fostering cooperation, with a focus on urban water management. The delegation of Israeli water experts included, in addition to Tenne, Oded Distel, head of Israel NewTechZohar Yinon, CEO of the Jerusalem Water Authority “Hagihon” , and Elisha Arad of the Standards Institute of Israel. The experts toured the Raipur water system, as guests of Taran Prakash Sinha, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Raipur. Raipur is the capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh, with a population of over a million, and its urban water system is in need of a major transformation. The Indian participants in the Raipur visit were very interested in learning from Israel’s experience in the management of water systems and urban wastewater. [caption id="attachment_941" align="alignright" width="74"] Distel and delegation tour India[/caption] Following this visit, the delegation continued on to Delhi, for a seminar sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Urban Planning. The seminar was attended by 50 representatives of urban water utilities from all over India. We spoke with Oded Distel just after the event. “India presents huge challenges in urban water planning. First and foremost, a change in ‘concept’ is needed, one in which people begin to perceive water as the precious resource that it is.” Distel continued, “Once this change in perception occurs, then changes can be achieved in urban water supply, management, measurement, pricing and collection. This is a very dramatic change, but the community of Indian urban water professionals appears poised to make it.” Abraham Tenne of the Israel Water Authority also told us about the Delhi conference. “India today is roughly in the situation in which Israel was 10 or so years ago, with 12 different government ministries responsible for urban water. This created a lot of confusion and inefficiency, which was solved when water treatment was placed under the leadership of the Water Authority. The Indian water community looks to Israel as a sort of guru, they know the Israeli water industry very well and hold it in very high regard.” The Delhi conference included one on one meetings between the many Indian water professionals and water utility heads who attended, and the Israeli water technology companies who came to India on the delegation: BermadAriAmiadMekorotTahalPowercom, LR, Mira HoldingsAqwise and Arad. Yoni Ben Zaken, the Israeli Economic Attache in India, concluded, “Raipur is a starting point, but there are 600 more cities in India with a similar urban water situation and needs, so the market potential is very significant.” For an album of photos from the delegation's visit click here. Original source of the article: Israel NewTech Blog [caption id="attachment_940" align="alignleft" width="74"] Distel and delegation tour India[/caption]
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Richard Branson brings Israeli water filtering technology to UK

Richard Branson brings Israeli water filtering technology to UK

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Richard Branson and Ofra Strass have just introduced Virgin Pure, a counter-top "water bar" for the home for the UK market.  The product is based on Strauss's "Tami 4" which can be found in over 350,000 homes in Israel already.  The water bars filter...
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Agricultural Innovation takes center stage – the latest from Agritech 2012

Agricultural Innovation takes center stage – the latest from Agritech 2012

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“Agricultural technology is experiencing phenomenal momentum today, similar to what the water industry experienced a few years back,” says Oded Distel, head of Israel NewTech. We spoke with Distel about new trends in Agritech, in the midst of the A...
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Agritech Investment opportunities await at Agrivest Summit

Agritech Investment opportunities await at Agrivest Summit

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Israel is recognized as a leading innovator in agriculture technologies – this is one of the reasons that Agritech Israel is considered a leading event in the field. Israeli start-up companies are coming up with breakthrough technologies that are gai...
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