In attempt to reduce the 32 billion cubic meters of urban water lost globally to pipe leakage each year, Israeli startup company Curapipe will be launch its new pipe sealant technology in a pilot program this summer, CEO Peter Paz told reporters visiting its Ashkelon facility on Monday.
“We get to the pipe, search for the problem and then repair it from within,” Paz told the group, who were participating in a tour in advance of the international CleanTech conference to be held on July 5 and 6 in Tel Aviv.
The 32 billion cubic meters of urban water lost per year around the world makes up 25 percent of the total water that enters the pipes, Paz explained, quoting statistics from the World Bank.
Between 20 and 50 cubic meters of water are lost per kilometer of pipe each day due to leaks, mainly at service collection points, he said. To help solve this problem, the Curapipe system is “launched” downstream through a fire hydrant – sending in a special viscous substance that stops the leaks internally, sandwiched on either side by cement blocks called a “pig train” that keep the bronze-colored, glue-like substance in place, Paz said.
“This substance knows how to seek where the leakage is, find it, settle in the leakage and cure it for many, many years,” he said. “Instead of launching our product into space we launch it into the pipeline.”
The system can be used in many different sized water pipelines and would also be a good way to stop gas and oil leaks, but the company does not yet have sufficient funds to experiment with pipes containing these more expensive substances, he said.
Paz said, however, that changes would need to be made due to the increased pressure associated with oil and gas flow.
Curapipe, an incubator company initiated four years ago with financing from the chief scientist’s NewTech fund, will launch its pilot system this summer in a large European company’s network of pipes, according to Paz. From there, he hopes to market the company’s system all over the world – he has already filed many patents abroad – but particularly in Asia and Africa where leaks are a big problem.
“I think we’ll be ready for deployment early next year,” he said.
While opening the pipes in a simulation of the Curapipe process, Paz explained that Israel was no exception to the massive leakage taking place around the world.
“In Israel there is a great deal of loss of water, not less than in other places,” he said. “But the problem with Israel is that only recently has there been an understanding of this problem, and there aren’t the resources for this yet.”
Curapipe is currently engaging with larger companies, particularly with the Gihon Jerusalem Municipal Water Company, which Paz said was interested in helping the smaller firm develop its idea.
“Their motivation is that they’re highly incentivized by new technologies,” he said.
American celebrity gossip magazine says Brad Pitt’s partner feeling ‘very insecure’ about his potential Israeli co-star in ‘World War Z’
If she looks like Angelina Jolie and acts like Angelina Jolie – she must be Mali Levy.
American celebrity gossip magazine In Touch reported Monday that Jolie is feeling “very insecure” about the potential Israeli co-star of her partner, Brad Pitt, in “World War Z”.
Ynet reported recently that Levy, an actress-model-singer, had landed the role of an Israeli soldier in a new film produced by and starring Pitt.
It appears, however, that Levi will not be able to take part in the movie, which will be shot in many locations across Europe, as she does not possess a European passport.
Young Israeli actress Daniela Kertas has been named as Levi’s replacement, but has yet to sign a contract. Meanwhile, Ynet has learned that the attempts to get Levi a European passport are ongoing, although she may not take part in the film for an entirely different reason
In Touch quoted a source close to the Bragelina super couple as saying that Jolie is “terrified” that Pitt will fall for his co-star, just like he did with her when he was married to Jennifer Aniston.
The source added that Pitt was dazzled by Levi, who “is a sex symbol in Israel and loved by her fans.” According to the source, Levi, who is married to former football player Shimon Gershon, is clearly a threat to Jolie.
(Video) Sheba Medical Center, Physicians for Human Rights team up with US-based Starkey Foundation to bring $1 Million-worth of hearing aids to needy Palestinians
Some 1,000 Palestinians received hearing aids recently as part of a humanitarian project organized by the American Friends of Sheba Medical Center, the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel organization.Under the direction of Dr. Rafi Walden, the deputy director of the Sheba Medical Center and a member of Physicians for Human Rights, a team consisting of 20 doctors, medical students, and a speech therapist set out on a three-day humanitarian mission in the West Bank city of Tulkarm.
They conducted hearing tests and hearing aid fittings for those who need them. The hearing aids, which were donated by the US-based Starkey Hearing Foundation and cost $1 million, were distributed two months later.
“One of the tasks, and the vision of Sheba Hospital, is to help our neighbors,” said Zeev Rotstein, CEO and director of the medical center. “We enlisted the Starkey Foundation to help 1,000 Palestinians – children, women and the elderly – who suffer from hearing impairment and are disconnected from the surroundings, to hear again,” he said.
According to Salah Haj Yahia, the director of the Physicians for Human Rights’ mobile clinic, the hearing aids cost $900 per person – $450 per device. Individuals who needed the devices but were unable to afford them turned to the health system and to aid organizations for help.
“We had parents telling us their kids don’t go to school because they cannot hear, and that they didn’t have the money to buy a hearing aid,” Haj Yahia said.
American television news magazine to present 12-minute report aimed at presenting Israeli metropolis as vibrant, liberal and attractive city
CBS news magazine “60 minutes”, one of the most-watched investigative television programs in the United States, is expected to air a 12-minute report on the city of Tel Aviv, presenting it as an island of sanity within the burning Middle East.
Each “60 Minutes” program consists of three news stories dealing with corruption, a famous figure or a certain phenomenon.
The Tel Aviv report aims to present the Israeli metropolis as a vibrant, liberal and attractive city.
A “60 Minutes” crew, led by veteran correspondent Bob Simon, arrived in Israel earlier this month. During their month-long visit, they explored the city life and events and received full cooperation from the Tel Aviv Municipality.
Israel’s Hearing Day is gaining prominence across the country and this year the vice-mayor of one of Israel’s cities announced all his city schools would start teaching sign language.
Last week a conference was held in honor of national “Hearing Day” in theLoewenstein Rehabilitation Center in the city of Raanana, Israel. A world-renown institution for medical rehabilitation, the center hosted deaf children, adults, staff and visitors from all over the country.
The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness of professional rehabilitation among the deaf and hard-of-hearing society on one hand and to raise general awareness of difficulties faced by deaf people in everyday life.
In her speech, Vice Mayor of Raanana, Ronit Weintraub made an announcement: “I hereby declare that the city of Raanana will be promoting the subject of teaching sign language in the city schools. I believe that all of us will gain from it another important way of communication”.
The conference was accompanied with translation to sign language and included a unique dance performance by hard-of-hearing students of the center. There was also a screening of the movie “One On One,” which tells the story of Peretz Rivkin, former captain of the Israeli Deaf Basketball team.
Across Israel “Hearing Day” also included free hearing tests and lectures regarding hearing damages, accessibility problems and solutions.
“This is the second year we’re successfully marking Hearing Day,” said Ami Megadasi, the center director. “We’ve been developing the hearing disabilities field for twenty years in Israel and I believe today we can at last properly answer the needs of this population. The students here are diagnosed and get individual guidance and help in finding jobs. I am more than happy to say that the percentage of integration of the hard-of-hearing society in workplaces stands today at more than 80 percent”.