Israeli startups that are working toward saving the environment
From detecting water leaks to 3D printing of solar panels, in honor of Earth Day, here are a number of impressive Israeli startups working toward protecting our planet
EcoWave PowerEcoWave is a wave energy company that offers sustainable solutions for harvesting energy. Its technology extracts energy from ocean and sea waves and converts it into electricity, creating more practical and affordable wave energy solutions for world companies. EcoWave Power’s wave energy converter harvests wave energy from both high and low waves, and offers a less expensive price over traditional energy generation methods from coal, oil, or gas or even renewables versions such as wind and solar. Green Wall Green Wall-Israel builds vertical walls that can grow plants, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Its gardens are sustainable, ingenious use of space to add greenery to interior design whether in offices, building structures, walls, or homes. Greenery absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and generates oxygen, improving overall air quality. In addition, its vertical wall provides plants with necessary nutrients for long-term growth, and was created by a team of botanists, architects, and bioengineers. The panels the plants are grown on are also flexible and made of sustainable materials. Luminescent Luminescent generates electricity and heat, with high efficiency, storing some heat that is later converted to electricity using its heat engine. Its technology can deliver better greener solutions for solar energy that require high amounts of electricity to produce hydrogen. It simply does so using a more cost-efficient and energy-efficient method. On its team, Luminescent combines experts from academia and the solar industry, including Prof. Carmel Rothschild, who teaches an optical engineering course at the Technion Institute of Technology and Doron Tamir, an experienced solar energy entrepreneur. H2Pro Israeli startup H2Pro generates hydrogen and oxygen and cuts down on costs and harmful emissions. While hydrogen is a greener replacement for fossil fuels, whenever it is burned when it converts energy into electricity in fuel cells, it releases water. However, unlike most elements, hydrogen is hardly found “naturally” on Earth, and must be separated from other compounds. While some methods include extracting it from natural gas sources, this method releases harmful carbon emissions. H2Pro E-TAC system generates hydrogen and oxygen in two unique processes that cut down on costs, while reducing harmful vehicle and production emissions. Simpliigood Foodtech Simpligood produces the world’ most nutrilional form of algae, spirulina, which is filled with several beneficial vitamins and minerals. In a uniquely Israeli twist, Simpliigood harvests fresh spirulina in the arid desert Arava region within specially-equipped greenhouses. Spirulina helps the immune system, is anti-inflammatory, and also helps regulate cholesterol levels. It is also a high protein substitute for meats. Simpliigood uses no pesticides, and its produce absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, is tended with 98% recycled water, and has zero waste byproducts. "What drives me every morning to do what I do at Simpliigood is the idea of leaving the world a better place for my children, and for future generations. We grow spirulina, which is actually the most efficient protein found in nature today, and are essentially turning the sun's rays into a complete protein," Simpliigood CEO Lior Shalev said.
Using atmospheric data that is acquired through multiple sensing stations, AI, and machine-learning algorithms that are trained to recognize and detect several different types of pollutants, BreezoMeter’s technology aims to monitor and report on air quality and inform people so that they may take precautionary steps ahead of time. BreezoMeter’s Perso technology can offer personalized beauty and skincare recommendations by analyzing a forecast of weather data, and recommending which products a customer should use. It also has an agreement with Apple, where the latest iOS version of Apple's software in iPhones has integrated its real-quality data. “People can be more aware of what they breathe in, and it will emphasize taking action to reduce air pollution that can save their health,” CEO Ran Krober told CTech.
Solaris SynergySolaris Synergy has developed a floating photovoltaic system that can be used as a renewable energy alternative to land-based solar energy systems. It features a design that supports a wide ranging power output. Solaris Synergy’s device can convert any water surface into a solar energy platform, enabling companies who operate water resources to lower maintenance costs and increase revenues. The platform can operate on any freshwater, saltwater, or wastewater surface. BrightSource Industries The company develops solar thermal technology and plant engineering, as well as designs, engineers, and supplies solar fields for the Ashalim power station located in the Negev desert after partnering with General Electric. While GE will manage the engineering, procurement, and constructing the solar power station, Israeli-BrightSource will create the advanced solar field technology. Chakratec Chakratec is one Israeli startup that offers kinetic energy storage technologies which assist the rapid deployment of fast-charging stations for electric cars, including in specific locations where there is a weak electrical grid. This technology also avoids increasingly exorbitant charges from utility companies. In 2018, it introduced a 10-minute charge for electric cars which suspended the car’s wheels in mid-air by magnetic levitation. The company offers kinetic power boosters, high power chargers, and fully managed charging services for all electric vehicles. Razor Labs The company aims to reduce pollutant emissions and air pollution by integrating AI-based forecasting and optimization capabilities in real-time that help outdated factories and mines function better. It also enables mines in Australia to produce more gold, and the world's largest beer producers to produce more beer, saving energy and reducing air pollution.
The startup develops networks that utilize deep reinforcement learning for business processes optimization. The company’s flagship product, DataMind AI, virtualizes manufacturing processes, transforms heavy industrial machinery into smart machines that operate using Software as a Service (SaaS) in the cloud. The product integrates with the machine’s sensors remotely and is capable of achieving highly-accurate results far beyond human intelligence.
As for the green aspect, Razor Labs increases asset utilization and facilitates a huge reduction in resources and CO2 footprints, and works to predict malfunctions ahead of time, alerting users’ to maintenance needs, thereby reducing the downtime costs and allowing organizations to repair and maintain the machinery at their convenience, while preventing unnecessary pollution to the environment.
WindwardWindward is a predictive intelligence company that fuses AI and big data to digitalize the global maritime industry, enabling organizations to achieve business and operational readiness. Its platform assists customers and governments to avoid disasters by identifying anomalies, allowing them to be addressed quickly. Windward's AI-powered solution allows stakeholders including banks, commodity traders, insurers, and major energy and shipping companies to make predictive intelligence-driven decisions in real-time, providing a comprehensive overview of the maritime ecosystem and its broader impact on safety, security, finance, and business.