Renewable Energy In Israel - Products & Technologies
Watec Exhibition & Convention (October 30-November 1 2007)
18 June 2007, News release from Israel Export and International Cooperation Instit
The need for a transition to alternative energy is widely accepted and Israel, with virtually no conventional energy resources of its own, is developing alternatives that could play a major role in the push for independence from carbon-based fuels.
Today there are more than 100 companies in Israel developing renewable energy solutions. Ormat, for example, is considered a global leader in geothermal generation. Exports of energy technologies from Israel, excluding Ormat, are worth tens of millions of dollars and are poised to grow rapidly as countries around the world take up the alternative energy challenge.
Israel boasts an extensive technological infrastructure reinforced by advanced scientific research and an entrepreneurial culture. The small size of the local market helps Israeli companies quickly and efficiently deliver niche solutions.
Israel's pioneering use of renewable energy began decades ago with the near-universal adoption of passive solar energy domestic water heaters that save the country 2-3 percent of its fossil energy imports. Photoelectric panels are also in use, and their efficiency at converting sunlight into electricity has grown to range from 14-22 percent. Production issues, similar to those found in flat-panel displays, are slowly being overcome by such companies as Orbotech and CamTek.
Much has been written recently about using biomass as an energy source. Here too Israeli experience may be turned to advantage. Agronomists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ben-Gurian University of the Negev and the Ministry of Agriculture's Volcani Institute have developed disease-resistant plant stocks, fruits and vegetables that thrive in brackish water and hybrids that permit winter exports to colder climates. Private companies such as Evogene and Hovev have also contributed to this development.
As the wind energy sector grows, the power surges that are a natural aspect of wind turbine-generated electricity must be addressed. Here, Elspec has become a leading exporter of power quality solutions. Its products are also used in manufacturing plants to increase the working life of motors and other electrical equipment.
Some of the best minds in Israel's academic community are engaged in the search for renewable energy sources. Seven universities, as well as several colleges and government R&D centers, have taken up the challenge.
In a sunny country such as Israel, most renewable energy research is naturally focused on solar energy. But as well as this, non-polluting alternative energy sources such as wind, biomass and urban and rural waste will be on show at the WATEC (Water Technologies & Environmental Control) expo in the autumn, along with the latest developments in other areas of environmental technologies such as desalination, water purification and solid waste treatment.
WATEC Exhibition and Convention will run from October 30-November 1 in Tel -Aviv and will give delegates an opportunity to meet the Israeli companies and experts and explore opportunities for cooperation.
For further details contact:
Avraham Israeli: Executive;
Water and Environmental Technologies,
Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute
or Ronit Golovaty: Executive