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Energy Matters: July 2018

The World Economic Forum selected Israel’s Watergen as one of its technology pioneers out of hundreds of candidates.

The United States and Israel Establish Joint Center of Excellence in Energy and Water

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Energy and Israeli Ministry of Energy formally agreed to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology, ushering in a new era of cooperative energy research and development. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz signed the agreement at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The agreement finalized a multiyear effort to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence, which was originally authorized by the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014.

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Israeli Water Start-Up Chosen as Global “Technology Pioneer”

The World Economic Forum selected Israel’s Watergen as one of its technology pioneers out of hundreds of candidates. Watergen is an Israeli technology that can pull water from thin air and purify it, requiring only an energy source. “Our patented water-from-air technology will save millions of lives and improve the quality of life of billions, prevent water access-based conflict, and eliminate unnecessary pollution from plastic waste,” Executive Chairman Maxim Pasik said. “With this award, we will accelerate our expansion and, together with additional like-minded international partners, change the world by ensuring every human being has its most fundamental lifeline of clean and safe drinking water.” Seven other Israeli startups also made the technology pioneers list.

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Joint Israeli-Indian Fund Backs Bilateral Energy Projects

The Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) announced this month the first four grant recipients of the bilateral technology innovation fund, set up by the two nations following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s July 2017 trip to Israel. Israel’s Bacsoft and India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited will work together to increase water and energy efficiency in Indian villages through the creation and application of water and electricity management systems and Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring devices. Also, Israel’s Agrosolar Irrigation Systems Ltd. and India’s Vyoda Private Ltd. will jointly develop solar-powered water pump systems for irrigation that are cost-effective, efficient and suitable for any type of well.

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Mobileye Lands Self-Driving Partnership with Chinese Tech Giant

Israel-based Mobileye—which was recently acquired by U.S.-based Intel for $15 billion—signed major agreement with China’s Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant announced on July 3. The companies agreed to put two Mobileye-developed systems into Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo. Baidu announced that it will use Mobileye’s responsibility-sensitive safety (RSS) model to help avoid traffic accidents. Mobileye’s RSS software is a separate artificial intelligence system that evaluates the decisions that the car makes. The company will integrate the model in the code of its commercial designs, as well as adopt Mobileye's peripheral machine vision kit for their platform.

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Type: Energy Matters