On Wednesday, September 22, KKL-JNF has announced the two winners of the Climate Award for breakthrough technologies in preparation for extreme climate conditions. Of the many submitted proposals, two startup companies were chosen: the first developed an innovative technology for early discovery and warning of forest fires, and the second developed an innovative technology for early discovery and warning of flood events. The awards were given in a joint event with Plantech the Israeli Innovation Institute, at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.
Each company will receive 75,000 Shekels and will set up a pilot at the KKL-JNF fields. As part of its climate initiative, KKL-JNF announced the Climate Award for breakthrough technologies in preparation for extreme climate conditions in a joint venture with the Israeli Innovation Institute.
The first development, for early discovery of forest fires, inclides the development of a unique sensor that requires no energy and turns on only when it comes in touch with heat. The sensor will be planted in tree trunks, and will remain usable for several years before its activation. The second development, for early discovery of floods, includes an innovative technology that can spot water movement using cameras placed in areas vulnerable to floods.
Dr. Doron Markel, KKL-JNF's Chief Scientist: "promotion of extreme climate-preparation technologies is essential. This is exactly what KKL-JNF does as part of its wider activity in preparation for climate changes. In addition, KKL-JNF works extensively in research and development of greenhouse gases reduction. Next month, in a joint venture with KKL-Canada, we will give the million-dollar Climate Research Award for an innovative research that will revolutionize emission reduction. We are turning to one of Israel's leading bodies in fighting the climate crisis, which makes us both committed and optimistic.