Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 10/25/2012

Cardboard Bikes! and Salt Water To Drink!

Israeli technology is turning out new inventions practically on a daily basis. But this one is most unusual and totally cool! Read about cardboard bicycles, as well as their highly successful desalinization work below.

Israelis Create Cardboard Bicycle

photo: Avi Katz

Izhar Gafni, 50, has invented bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard. He told the Jerusalem Post that his invention can transform transportation throughout the world. The bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances. Once the shape has been formed and cut, the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities. In the final stage, it is coated with lacquer paint for appearance.

The bicycles are not only very cheap to make, they are very light and do not need to be adjusted or repaired, the solid tires that are made of reconstituted rubber from old car tires will never get a puncture. A full-size cardboard bicycle will weigh around 9 kg (about 20 lbs) compared to an average metal bicycle, which weight around 14 kg. In testing the durability of his invention, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it remained completely hard throughout. Top of the line bikes cost thousands of dollars each, but this cardboard bike should cost no more than about $20.

Gafni said, “When we started, a year and a half or two years ago, people laughed at us, but now we are getting at least a dozen e-mails every day asking where they can buy such a bicycle…” Nimrod Elmish, Gafni’s partner, said that initial production was set to begin in Israel in a few months on three bicycle models and a wheelchair and they will be available to purchase within a year.

“In six months we will have completed planning the first production lines for an urban bike which will be assisted by an electric motor, a youth bike which will be a 2/3 size model for children in Africa, a balance bike for youngsters learning to ride, and a wheelchair that a non-profit organization wants to build with our technology for Africa,” he said.

Aside from all the other benefits, countries that cannot afford regular bikes will now have access to this form of transportation. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Gen. 22:18)

A Celebration of Water Technology

Israel is now a world leader in transforming salt water into drinking water with environmentally friendly processes and filtration systems. Although there is still a shortage of fresh water in Israel, as far as the Israelis are concerned, there is now no longer a ‘water problem.” Israel has become the leading country in the world in developing desalinated water. By 2013 over 80% of Israel’s domestic water will be supplied by desalinization. Despite being an arid area of the world, today more and more of Israel’s desert regions are turning green and producing valuable crops. No other country in the world can claim such success. Israel is self sufficient in food and even manages to export $1.5 billion of agricultural products annually and produces one of the highest yields of milk in the world, as well as leading the world in water recycling, using its waste water for agriculture. Israel’s water technology is getting cheaper every year: today a cubic meter of desalinated water costs just over 50 cents to produce.

Recently, to celebrate the water influx, Tel Aviv conducted a ‘Water War’ where people came to the fountain at City Hall and got to drench one another with water guns, buckets or any other means of squirting water. (The fountain water was not fit for drinking, thus not a waste).
Once again, Israel is blessed to be a blessing to all the world as it shares its innovations with its own citizens and the rest of the world. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Gen. 22:18)

from an article by Edgar Asher, Ashernet
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