Israel is less than 65 years old, but yet it has become one of the world's leaders in technology. This is due to many reasons, but the big factor is their location. Israel is a giant desert with little water, yet it is known as 'The Land of Milk and Honey'. This idea has been the driving force in their technology boom, and this boom has been all about going green.
Over the past 20 years, the Israeli government has been working and encouraging emerging businesses to go green, creating such things as drip irrigation systems, computerized fertigation (where fertilizer is injected directly into the water of these drip systems), and even finding ways to recycle coal waste into fuel. Israel has openly shared these technologies with the world and developing countries. The goal of these countries is to become as efficient as Israel which recycles 70% of their waste water (the most in the world).
Their big push now is for electric cars. Israel's goal is that have 20% of their cars fully (or mostly) electric by 2020. This is less than 8 years away. That's approximately 371,000 cars that are going to be electrically powered. In a country the size of New Jersey this is an acomplishment!
Electricity powered devices are the wave of the future and Israel knows this. The government has been working with Israeli based company Sovna to pioneer energy farms. Energy Farms are just what they seem, a place where we can harness energy using the power of the sun, wind, water, or earth. Sonva has been creating rooftop windmills to produce this energy. But their real goal is to turn the Golan Heights into a giant wind farm. This would become a prime place to create energy for the country and could show the world how we no longer need the oil from the Middle East.
Investors all over the world, including those from Silicon Valley and China, have been heading to Israel to get in on the action. Not only do these new technologies help the planet, but they are also creating waves in the science world and showing everyone that Israel isn't such a small country after all!