Hydropower and pumped-storage in Israel – The energy security aspect of the Med-Dead Project

Hydropower and pumped-storage in Israel – The energy security aspect of the Med-Dead Project

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The energy security paradigm has puzzled experts ranging from economists and politicians to military planners and historians; it is a topic which has been closely intertwined with the development of oil resources throughout modern history. Historically higher oil prices have fostered development and market penetration of alternative energy supply and demand technologies around the globe. Israel's energy security challenges, contrary to those of Persian Gulf states, derive from multiple issues. Yet, these energy security challenges are also partly a result of lack of resource diversification. From the resource diversification point of view, the impact of energy supply disruptions has multiple implications for Israel's national security. This paper focuses on reviewing the potential to establish pumped hydroelectric storage, and considers the strategic impacts of hydropower generation in Israel from the point of view of resource diversification by first building a case for a new hydropower generation. Even though the idea of introducing pumped hydroelectric storage to the Mediterranean Dead Sea project, also known as "The Seas project", is not a new concept and such technology is mature, new technological development plays an important role in determining the economic and technical feasibility of such a project. It is important to note that pumped hydroelectric storage technology is the only significant and flexible means of storing energy. There is a variety of aspects that need to be assessed in a more comprehensive analysis, and therefore the purpose of this paper is to exclusively consider the energy security aspect of hydropower generation, while assessing the Mediterranean Dead Sea project as a case study. There is plenty of leeway for future endeavors that will take Israel, the "start-up nation", to new heights in national strength and nation-building. In the past many significant infrastructure projects, such as the National Water Carrier and the coastal desalination plants, have been successfully built. At the end of the paper an open question is presented: When will Israel be ready to take such a great leap and reach towards these courageous ventures of national and economic security?
תאריך פרסום: 
דצמבר, 2014
מהדורה: 
6 (4)
Pages: 
90-98

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