Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Meet Seven Israeli Alternative-Energy Companies Looking To Fuel The Future

A look at those Israeli companies promoting the usage of renewable sources

By: Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels

Published: July 7th, 2014 in Health » Israel

Meet Seven Israeli Alternative-Energy Companies Looking To Fuel The Future

By 2050, one-third of the world’s energy will need to come from renewable sources, like solar or wind. No, this isn’t a statement made by environmental organizations, but by two of the world’s largest oil companies, British Petroleum (BP) and Shell.

For countries like Iceland, which is already generating 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources, that statistic doesn’t sound ominous, but for the majority of the world’s countries who are still dependent on fossil fuels, it’s time to start thinking about what will power mankind’s way forward.

At the forefront of alternative energy innovation are a number of homegrown Israeli companies that have come up with unique solutions for harnessing the power of the sun, wind, waves and waste into the energy sources of the future.

Did you know that the stuff you flush down the toilet could be used to charge your phone? Well neither did we until we heard about Israeli company Emefcy ’s efforts to find a certain kind of bacteria in waste that produces electricity as it decomposes organic matter. Founded in 2007, Emefcy’s goal from the get-go has been to harness the power of this bacteria so that it can be used as a source of constantly renewable energy.

So far, they have identified three kinds of bacteria that are naturally present in wastewater and produce about half a volt of electricity each, proving Emefcy has achieved its goal of “self-cleaning” wastewater, saving treatment companies anywhere from 30-50 percent annually on electricity bills. However, the buck doesn’t stop at the waste treatment plant (although we may wish it did); Emefcy’s founders assert that their methods of electricity generation have proven so successful at larger waste plants that the bacterial method could be used to generate megawatts of electricity, and maybe one day even power an entire power plant. Named part of the 2013 Global Cleantech 100, Emefcy’s revolution in the world of wastewater and insights into new ways to generate electricity may dramatically change the way we look at (value) waste.

This article was first published on NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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