Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors to commercialize mobility-as-a-service with self-driving EVs in Israel

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Volkswagen Group, Mobileye and Champion Motors plan to commercialize Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) with self-driving electric vehicles in Israel. Development will begin in early 2019 and roll out in phases reaching full commercialization in 2022.

2018 102

Low-Emission Zone now operational in downtown Haifa; Israel’s first; initially targeting heavy diesels

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Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Haifa Municipality have begun operating a low-emission zone (LEZ). Enforcement during this stage will be carried out by city inspectors and the Israel Police.

2018 90

DOE awarding $4.8M to 5 BIRD Energy projects with Israel; H2 storage, biofuel, sustainable transportation

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The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority, announced $4.8 To date, BIRD Energy awardees have attracted more than $200 million in venture capital and other follow-on funding to commercialize clean energy technologies. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50% to project costs and commit to repay up to 150% of the grant if the project leads to commercial success.

Israel begins natural gas production from deepwater Tamar field in Eastern Mediterranean

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On Saturday, Israel’s Ministry of Energy & Water Resources reported that commercial natural gas production had begun from the deepwater Tamar field (c. Appraisal wells are currently being drilled in Leviathan, with initial production to supply Israel’s domestic market targeted for 2016.

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Israel, Fiat Chrysler, Iveco and Magneti Marelli to partner on automotive natural gas technologies

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Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), through the Israel Fuel Choices Initiative (IFCI), signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Iveco (a Brand of CNH Industrial) and Magneti Marelli (FCA Group) for co-operation in the development of natural-gas-based automotive technologies.

2015 73

Better Place winding down ops in North America and Australia, to focus on Denmark and Israel

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Better Place, the startup provider of electric car networks using a battery switch model, has decided to focus its efforts on Denmark and Israel, where the complete infrastructure is in place and commercial operations are underway. As a corollary, it will wind-down of its non-core activities in North America and limit any further investment in Australia beyond its current commitments.

Better Place Opens First EV Demonstration Center; Dor Alon to Deploy Battery Switch Stations in Israel

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Better Place announced the grand opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) battery switch demonstration center in Israel. The company marked the occasion by announcing the signing of 92 corporate fleet owners to date as well as a partnership with Dor Alon, one of Israel’s leading gas station operators, for the deployment of battery switch stations at Dor Alon’s facilities.

Israel-based Hybrid Solar Gas-Turbine Company Closes $5M Series A Round

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EZKlein Partners announced the closing of a $5 million Series A funding round for AORA , an Israel-based developer of a hybrid solarized gas turbine power station. AORA has begun construction of a hybrid solar-gas turbine power station at Kibbutz Samar in Israel’s southern Arava region. The Arava plant, which is the first commercial application of AORA’s technology, is scheduled to launch in March

IAI and Airbus expect to create JV to complete and commercialize TaxiBot robotic towing vehicle

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Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) expect to create this year a dedicated joint venture to complete the development of TaxiBot—a robotic, pilot-controlled towing vehicle ( earlier post )—and to commercialize the system. The first TaxiBot prototype was presented during October 2011 at the Inter Airport Europe exhibition in Germany, where it won an innovation award in the “interRAMP” category.

2012 78

Seambiotic and Chinese Power Company to Build $10M Commercial Microalgae Farm in China

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companies associated with China Guodian Corporation, to establish a Chinese joint venture for the commercial cultivation of microalgae. The first commercial farm of 12 hectares is expected to cost $10 million, will be situated in Penglai, utilizing carbon dioxide from the Penglai power station; it is planned to become operational during 2010.

2009 69

UltraCharge raises A$2.5M to advance its battery technology

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Israel-based UltraCharge, a company developing a portfolio of advanced battery technologies from Israel and Singapore, has raised AUS$2.5 The company has agreed to acquire rights to new cathode intellectual property from ETV Energy in Israel. The technology contains a high voltage LiMnNO cathode that is half the cost of commercial cathodes, and can offer a battery solution that has advantages in terms of the voltage, energy capacity and power capacity.

Arbe launching 4D imaging radar beta product Phoenix

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Israel-based Arbe is launching Phoenix, its automotive 4D imaging radar beta product. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, Arbe has business development and customer service locations in the United States and China.

Better Place Revs Up In Tokyo

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The 90-day test with Nihon Kotsu is the final test before the Palo Alto company does a full system test in Israel this year, the company said. Better Place in on schedule to launch of systems commercially in Israel and Denmark late next year. Palo Alto’s Better Place just announced that it will be conducting a 90-day test of its lithium-ion battery switching system with Tokyo’s Nihon Kotsu taxi company.

2010 109

ETV enjoys range-extended Prius success

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The concept, from the Israeli start-up, uses a gas microturbine for the range-extending generator and in the test drive the company modified a Toyota Prius using commercially available components. Tags: Green cars Latest news Toyota ETV Motors israel Toyota Prius

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EnStorage and Princeton Power Systems awarded $950K BIRD grant for hydrogen bromide flow battery system

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Princeton Power Systems and EnStorage have been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). The grant will support the commercialization and deployment of an energy storage system based on EnStorage’s proprietary hydrogen bromide (HBr) flow battery and Princeton Power Systems’ inverters and site controller.

2014 78

Delphi partners with Innoviz for high-performance LiDAR for autonomous vehicles; minority investment

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Delphi Automotive signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies , an Israel-based company developing LiDAR technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. To further support the commercial partnership, Delphi has also made a minority investment in Innoviz.

2017 65

Autotalks’ C-V2X ready for China, following successful interoperability and conformance testing

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Israel-based Autotalks successfully showcased its V2X chipset’s conformance to the Chinese C-V2X standard and the Chinese OSCCA (Office of State Commercial Cryptography Administration) security standard in the first large-scale [link] of multi-brand C-V2X communication.

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Ampal Signs Option Exercise Agreement to Acquire 25% in Ethanol Project in Colombia

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Israel-based Ampal-American Israel Corporation signed an option exercise agreement with Merhav (M.N.F) The Project is expected to start commercial production during 2012, and reach its full production capacity of 112 million liters (30 million gallons US) of ethanol annually in 2014. Ampal and its subsidiaries acquire interests primarily in businesses located in the State of Israel or that are Israel-related.

Tata Takes On Air

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Air-Car Ready for Mass Production Bob Ewig Popular Mechanics May 31, 2007 The world's first commercial compressed air-powered vehicle is rolling towards the production line. Nègre has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa.

2007 130

Israeli company reports successful stage 1 testing of solar CO2-to-fuels technology

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Israel-based NewCO2Fuels (NCF), a subsidiary of GreenEarth Energy Limited in Australia, reported completion of stage 1 testing of its proof-of-concept system for the conversion of CO 2 into fuels using solar energy.

2014 153

Primus Green Energy to produce biojet fuel

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Israel Corp. a US subsidiary of Israel Corporation’s renewable energy unit IC Green Energy Ltd., As part of Primus GE’s effort to commercialize its product, it has an engineering services agreement with Lockheed Martin Company, which is seeking biofuel solutions, especially for jet fuel, for the US Department of Defense. unit reports biomass fuel breakthrough Globes. Primus Green Energy Ltd.,

2011 76

Evogene establishing subsidiary for developing advanced feedstock for biofuel

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Israel-based Evogene Ltd. Included in the activities that are being transferred from the parent company to Evofuel is the development and commercialization of castor bean varieties for Brazil as well as the biofuel research and development activities located in Israel. is establishing Evofuel, a wholly owned subsidiary, to focus on developing seed for advanced second-generation feedstock for biofuel.

2012 78

One-step process for production of renewable diesel blendstock from soybean oil

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in Israel report the development of a comercially-viable, one-step catalytic hydrotreating process for the conversion of soybean oil to renewable diesel-type fuel in a paper in the journal Fuel. Landau, Yehudit Reizner, Dov Berger (2013) A commercially-viable, one-step process for production of green diesel from soybean oil on Pt/SAPO-11, Fuel , Volume 111 Pages 157-164, doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2013.04.044. Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Ormat Industries Ltd.

2013 97

Alcoa and Phinergy jointly showcase Al-air EV demonstrator

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Alcoa and Israel-based Phinergy jointly showcased Phinergy’s aluminum-air EV demonstrator at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal. The companies are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the metal-air battery technology.

2014 121

Israeli automotive cybersecurity company closes $30M Series B from Renault, Volvo Group, Hyundai, Nationwide

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Israel-based Upstream Security, a cybersecurity company targeting solutions for connected vehicles, closed a $30-million Series B funding round led by Renault Venture Capital and including Volvo Group Venture Capital, Hyundai, Hyundai AutoEver, Nationwide Ventures and others.

2019 78

Evida begins production of battery packs for new Mia Electric models

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During the full-scale production program, Evida will supply the automaker with up to 10,000 units per annum until 2016, and Mia’s first zero-emission city vehicles are scheduled to be delivered to municipal and commercial fleet operators in the third quarter of this year. Evida Power, Ltd.,

BGU researchers developing more efficient process for hydrogenation of CO2 to synthetic crude

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BGU has filed the patents and we are ready to demonstrate and commercialize it. Moti Herskowitz is the Israel Cohen Chair in Chemical Engineering and the vice president and dean of research and development at BGU. This project is partially supported by I-SAEF (Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation). Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers are developing a process to hydrogenate carbon dioxide to produce a renewable alternative for crude oil.

2013 83

Primus Green Energy commissions 100,000 gallon-per-year demo plant for methane to gasoline

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has commissioned its up to 100,000 gallon-per-year natural gas-to-gasoline pre-commercial demonstration plant at its Hillsborough facility. STG+ (Syngas To Gasoline +, the plus standing for the multiple end products yielded by the process) essentially improves upon commercial methanol synthesis processes and ExxonMobil’s methanol to gasoline (MTG) process, combining them into a single-loop process that converts syngas directly to gasoline. Primus Green Energy, Inc.

2013 78

Hawaii opts for EVs and renewable energy

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Tuesday’s announcement follows earlier endorsements from Israel, Denmark, Australia, Renault-Nissan and a coalition of Northern California localities supporting the idea leading to the deployment of an electric vehicle with a range of greater than 100 miles, beginning at the end of 2010 in Israel. The company plans test deployments of vehicles in 2009 and broad commercial sales in 2012.

2008 100

Foresight signs a pilot agreement with one of China’s top three largest car manufacturers

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Israel-based Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., The parties will consider entering into a future commercial agreement based on the results of the pilot project. The manufacturer is owned by the Chinese government and has a production capacity of millions of vehicles annually, including commercial vehicles, military vehicles and replacement parts for the automotive industry.

2017 60

Better Place Launches Switchable-Battery Electric Taxi Project in Tokyo; Converted Crossovers with A123 Systems Packs

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The project marks the next major milestone leading up to a complete system test of all components of the company’s electric vehicle solution in Israel before year-end. Electric taxi driving through Ginza in Tokyo. Source: Better Place. Click to enlarge.

2010 116

Samsung invests in graphene manufacturer XG Sciences; joint battery development initiative

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The investment from Samsung is a real honor for XG Sciences, and it represents another significant milestone in our progress toward commercialization of large-scale graphene applications. Samsung Venture Investment Corporation is the Venture Capital arm of the Samsung Group with offices in Seoul, Silicon Valley, Israel, London and Tokyo. Graphene manufacturer XG Sciences, Inc. XGS) closed on a strategic investment led by Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation (Samsung Ventures).

2014 73

Primus Green Energy produces first samples of high-octane biogasoline

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Primus Green Energy has produced fuel samples from a test plant, recently broke ground on an automated demonstration plant and is planning to break ground next year on a commercial plant in eastern Pennsylvania that will be designed to produce 4.8 On a commercial scale, Primus Green Energy estimates that its gasoline will be cost-competitive with crude oil at approximately $60 a barrel. Primus Green Energy Ltd.,

2012 78

BEAUTY project developing new bioethanol engines

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An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry in Europe, Israel and the US is working to develop new engines, combustion technologies and fuels that will allow a substantial increase in the use of bioethanol in an urban context.

2010 76

Evogene Establishing Castor Bean Biofuel Feedstock Field Trials in Texas and Brazil

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Israel-based Evogene Ltd. Having recently completed two years of field trials under semi-arid conditions in Israel, the purpose of the field trials in Texas and Brazil is to evaluate the lines when grown in the two main target locations for future commercial growth, and further develop them to local conditions. is establishing field trials in Texas, USA and northeastern Brazil for the evaluation of its proprietary castor bean lines.

2010 73

Better Place Debuts EV Services Platform and Partners at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Better Place currently is field-testing nearly 800 charge points in Israel in a variety of private and public locations including curbside locations, parking lots, shopping malls and private residences.

2009 98

EC backs project for EV battery switching: EASYBAT

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The first large scale application of battery switching technology will be shown by Better Place and Renault with the commercial launch of the Renault Fluence Z.E. in Israel and Denmark by year end. Upon conclusion, EASYBAT will have a next generation, commercially available solution for battery switch integration components and design plans that allow for different types of batteries, not just a single standardized battery.

2011 83

Better Place closes $200M Series C financing; valuation now $2.25B

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Existing shareholders, including Israel Corp., The company will launch its initial commercial service in Israel and Denmark early next year and has already announced a series of consumer offerings for electric mobility services that it says are competitive with gasoline-based cars.

Evogene expands castor bean biofuel activity in Brazil with SLC Agricola

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Israel-based Evogene Ltd. The collaboration between Evogene and SLC Agricola, initiated in 2010, is focused on developing advanced castor seed displaying high oil yield under rain-fed conditions and suitable for sustainable and commercial production in Brazil. Evogene is collaborating with world leading seed companies to introduce its improved plant traits into key commercial crops under milestone and royalty bearing agreements.

2011 83

Joint ASU, Tel Aviv Univ. project to improve algal hydrogen production to industrial scale

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The NSF grant is part of US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) funding work. The US partner submits a grant on the joint project to the NSF, and the Israeli partner submits the same grant to the ISF (Israel Science Foundation). The complementary sets of expertise in the two research groups in the US and Israel will be put to use in the creation, analysis, and optimization of the engineered algal cells.

2017 60

EV battery swap company Better Place files for liquidation

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Better Place, a high-profile developer and proponent of a battery switch model for electric vehicles ( earlier post ), filed a motion with the Lod District Court in Israel to ask for the dissolution of the company and the appointment of a temporary liquidator. Israel was the first place in which an electrical car could travel without limit.

2013 96

Adgero signs €3.5M deal with ultracap manufacturer Skeleton for road freight KERS

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The truck company will test the KERS system in a curtainsider trailer—built by one of the largest manufacturers in Europe, SDC Trailers—and to be unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham later this month. The Adgero-Skeleton Technologies exclusivity agreement covers the SkelMod 50F 160V ultracapacitor product developed for the KERS road transport application only and does not affect Skeleton Technologies’ commercial relationships with other customers.

2016 60

EERC Foundation Receives Patent Application Approval for On-Demand Hydrogen Fueling System

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The system is a cornerstone for the EERC’s proposed United States-Israel Hydrogen Fueling and Fleet Demonstration, which proposes to demonstrate hydrogen as a fuel for transit buses in North Dakota and Tel Aviv, Israel. The EERC Foundation houses the rights to technologies developed by the EERC and promotes business relationships with strategic partners interested in commercializing those technologies.