Israel is Developing
Alternatives to Arab Oil
GAMLA: NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ISRAEL Volume 6 Issue
51 November 15, 2005
An Israeli inventor and company are trying to use garbage and leftover
olive pulp from olive-oil factories, respectively, to replace oil in
providing fuel and electricity to the Jewish State.
From one ton of garbage, half a ton of oil, 300 kg of gas or 150 kg of green
coal, from which electricity is produced, can be extracted, according to
inventor Dr. Sergei Rosenberg.
Dr. Rosenberg spoke with Arutz-7 about the development of his invention that
turns garbage into oil. "I turned to the Ministry of Infrastructure with
my invention and they told me to build such a machine outside Israel and
they would consider bringing it here," Rosenberg described. "I built the
machine in Moldova and demonstrated there that it works - with the oil undergoing
tests demonstrating that the process is not toxic."
Asked by Arutz-7's Yigal Schok why Israel
is not pursuing the invention to wean the Jewish State off of Arab-controlled
oil, Dr. Rosenberg said that the state was afraid of implementing the changeover
due to concern of taking away the monopoly of the oil tycoons. "To my surprise
much of the interest actually came from Arab parties because they have a
lot of refuse they want to get rid of in an efficient manner," Rosenberg
Dr. Rosenberg gained the experience necessary to come up with his invention
from working in Russia before he immigrated to Israel. "In Russia I helped
with the building of an artificial reservoir, a number of power stations
and I designed the water system for the nuclear core in Chernobyl, but Israel
did not hire me for similar work since I don't have any connections. I have
other ideas, such as wind turbines that operate on air and exploiting the
power of the ocean's waves to produce power."
Another company, Genova Ltd., is also working on alternatives to Arab oil.
The company has signed an agreement, according to Globes, with an olive press
in the village of Julis, in the Galilee to establish a small facility to
produce electricity from the waste from olive pressing.
The facility is slated to produce an estimated 200 kilowatts of power, enough
to provide 70 homes with power. It will also provide for the disposing of
olive waste formed during oil production, which has until now posed an
Genova's method heats the waste to temperatures abover 1500 degrees Fahrenheit,
transforming it into a flammable gas. Burning that gas is
environmentally-friendly, releases no greenhouse gases and causes no damage
to the earth's ozone layer. The gas operates an electricity-generating turbine.
The company hopes to market the product, which will be small enough to fit
on a countertop, to other olive-oil producing countries such as Spain and