Last week, representatives and executives from the private sector and government of Massachusetts visiied Israel, as part of a water technology delegation from the New England state. Israel is considered by many to be global water technology innovation leader, and Massachusetts is vying to be the water technology capital of the United States. David Shamah reports in the Times of Israel:
Massachusetts is home to hundreds of water technology companies and is one of the leading states in the U.S. for innovative water tech development. And Israel is, said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the world’s top location for water tech start-ups, with groundbreaking technology in fields such as water reuse, wastewater treatment, desalination, energy efficiency, and drip irrigation.
It’s a marriage made in heaven, and Patrick’s state currently hosts the U.S. operations of more than 100 Israeli companies, some of them in water tech. Massachusetts wants more, which is the main reason that 48 of the state’s top water executives came to Israel as part of an official delegation, the Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel. To that end, the Mission, with the full support of Patrick and other state officials, sponsored the W.E.T. contest, which pitted 32 of Israel’s top water tech companies against each other for a slew of prizes, including a free trip to Massachusetts and meetings with top industry officials.
The finalists in the contest were pioneering companies like Hydrospin, makers of a mini-electric generator that uses water to generate electricity to run valves and pumps; innovative wireless smart meter developer nLeak Technologies; and pipe repair technology Curapipe, which significantly cuts the costs of repairing buried pipes and water mains. But the winner was a company whose technology extends beyond water. TACount has developed a technology that detects and counts microorganisms in food and water in minutes, instead of the days that are usually required for scientists to test for bacteria using the usual methods.
“Israel is the world’s number one home for water tech start-ups, in fields such as water reuse, wastewater treatment, desalination, energy efficiency, and drip irrigation,” said Shai Bazak, consul general of Israel to New England. “By working closely with the strengths in Massachusetts in research and academia, venture capital, engineering, and equipment, the two geographies together can develop the innovations necessary to satisfy global needs for clean and abundant water.”
Read the full article at Times of Israel HERE.
For more information about the Massachusetts delegation and about water technology and green innovation from Israel, please contact Rebecca at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.