Rechargeable batteries, largely encompassing secondary electrochemical cells, have a profound role in multiple industries and hold the potential to become a disrupting element for future infrastructures. The market of rechargeable batteries is rapidly expanding, fueled by the growing utilization of secondary cells in portable electronic devices, electric mobility solutions, grid energy storage and also a growing use within the general industry. This survey brings you the comparative progress map of innovative rechargeable battery technologies, aiming to take on conventional Lithium-ion batteries, as well as the updated development and commercialization status of each technology.
Despite the rapid expansion of Li-ion battery production worldwide and parallel expansion of lithium mining, there are a number of questions posed for the mid and long-term prospects of this industry. This survey is bringing you the updated analysis of raw Lithium production worldwide, providing supply projections for the mid and long-term trends. It is evident that Li-ion is due to retain its role as the dominant technology for energy storage in the coming years, but critical outlook on global Lithium resources is important in order to prepare for potential disruptions in this market. The recent shifts in production may also contain hints to upcoming Lithium-ion utilization trends and the competitiveness of alternative battery technologies.
This study summarizes the 2017 Eastern Mediterranean solar irradiance figures on ground level and makes a preliminary estimate for 2018. Regional solar irradiance data is analyzed in order to estimate the normalized output of solar power facilities in the region, considering the strong link between the two variables. The solar energy cumulative flux, measured at the IMS station in Bet Dagan in Israel's Central Coastal Plane during 2017, was on average 5,453 Wh/m2 per day, which is 6.3% higher than the 1965-2014 multi-year annual solar flux average.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is continuing to form a dominant share of new capacity additions in the electricity generation segment in Israel and worldwide. This study summarizes the 2017-18 developments in the solar photovoltaic segment in Israel and provides updated figures on electric capacity and generation. The total capacity of grid-connected PV facilities in Israel was at 963 MWp by the end of 2017 and is expected to reach over 1,200 MWp by the end of 2018. The capacity of PV facilities increased by 12% year-over-year from the end of 2016 to the end of 2017. In terms of electric generation, solar PV facilities produced 1,584 million kWh in 2017 – a slight increase of 3% from 1,531 million kWh in 2016. The percentage of solar PV generation out of total electricity generation in the country remained practically unchanged at 2.3%.
Video tutorial for assembling a 12V car battery charger by LNRG Technology. When your vehicle's battery is depleted and there is no one around to ask for cables to start up your engine and no immediate towing service, in most cases - you can simply replenish your car's battery with a 13.5-15.0V charger. The described DIY charger is designed to charge-up a discharged 12V Lead-Acid car battery, which in most cases shall be sufficient for ignition. The described charger is NOT capable of starting-up an engine due to current limits (requires a different kind of cells).
This report encloses recent developments and statistics of the Israeli electricity market with emphasis on the generation segment. During the past year, the Israeli electricity market continued a crawling privatization process of the electricity generation segment in parallel to negotiations on a profound Electricity Market reform, which is also aimed to address the distribution and grid control segments. By the end of 2017, Israeli national electric generation capacity was at 17.8 GWp, with IEC making up 76.1% of total grid-connected capacity, while private producers made up the remaining 23.9%. In terms of electricity generation and supply, 67.9 million kWh were produced in 2017 in the Israeli market. In 2017, the generation segment was relying on a mix of fuels, dominated by natural gas and coal - both utilized by the IEC as primary fuels. Secondary fuels of the IEC were diesel, oil fuel and methanol. Private generation facilities were primary relying on natural gas, while diesel, oil fuel, kerogen and renewables were secondary energy sources.
This report is aiming to analyze several performance parameters of BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) in comparison to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars in order to evaluate future EV competitiveness and the rate of penetration into the private vehicle market. 2017 was a dramatic year for Plug-in EVs and specifically for BEVs – the number of delivered BEVs in US moved into the six digit area with 111,104 sold units. Interestingly, this came in line with a continuing trend of decreasing sales of passenger vehicles in the US. The overall percentage of BEVs from among passenger cars reached 1.83% - a dramatic increase from 1.06% in 2016 (which was the first year when BEVs surpassed 1% of passenger vehicles sales in US). This analysis utilizes the 2017 annual US sales figures of plug-in electric vehicles published by InsideEVs and technical details of relevant 2017 EV models as rated by manufacturers. In summary, as of 2017, mainstream BEVs took another step in advancing on ICE cars in terms of travel range, while continuing to offer superiority in terms of energy efficiency.
Drones have become to be viewed as a truly disruptive element within multiple areas of industry and services over a short period of time. The growth in drone sales has so far been exponential, which implies their increasing penetration into existing markets of photography, security and recreation and more importantly upcoming drone introduction into additional fields. Israeli startup ecosystem is widely known for its disruptive innovation element and a remarkably dynamic activity, including industry 4.0 solutions such as drones. This 2018 market survey identified 56 civilian drone technology companies from among several thousand Israeli Hi-Tech companies - mostly recently established startups.
The phenomenon of electric bicycles has developed in metropolitan environments during the past decade, becoming a disruptive element in urban transportation. The advent of this transportation tool is largely attributed to the newly available and affordable Li-ion technology battery package, though other battery types such as Pb-acid and NiMH are also utilized. The rapid price reduction of Li-ion cells and batteries led to their integration with electric assistance motors in bicycles, paving the way to the rise of popularity of electric bicycles within cities of moderate climate countries. Electric bicycles are utilized for various transport and delivery applications by a variety of age groups and professions and slowly turning into a mainstream means of urban transport, urging municipalities to properly adjust the infrastructures. This study explores and analyzes the status of electric bicycle mobility in Israel as a case study for a country, where electric bicycles have earned grand popularity.
The Middle East is known for the abundance of hydrocarbon resources and thus oil and gas pipelines have become an integrative part of the landscape. However, from the very beginning, the pipeline business in the Mideast has been a gamble. The outcome from 2018 analysis is that eight inter-state Mideast hydrocarbon pipelines, which have already terminated operation, had been in use for a median lifetime period of 11 years. Furthermore, looking at the fifteen currently operating inter-state hydrocarbon pipelines in the Mideast, it appears that their median operation lifetime to date is 12 years - both figures implying regional stability. Despite stabilization during the past three years, considering the persistent turmoil in the Mideast, there seems to be little certainty yet for long-term pipeline operational stability in the region.