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Drinking water for China, Israeli style

Friday, May 27th, 2011

As reported in Israel 21c

Normally, “green” and “desalination” are two words that don’t go together. Desalination is a process that takes brackish inland or sea water and makes it drinkable.

This can be a lifesaver in countries with limited or no access to fresh water, such as Saudi Arabia or Jordan, but the processes involved gobble massive amounts of energy and produce an unfavorable amount of salt discharge, causing environmentalists to argue that desalination is not a sustainable solution to meet the world’s water needs — especially in countries that can’t afford to power the desalination plants.

Now, the Israeli desalination company IDE Technologies has introduced a greener way to pull salt from the world’s water. Putting it to the test in China, the Israeli company has created a win-win solution for the environmentally conscious Chinese: using runoff steam from a power plant to help run the desalination plant. The result is water for the power plant, drinking water for the community and salt to sell.

The UK trade magazine Global Water Intelligence is so impressed by the Israeli desalination technology, that in April it named IDE as the “2010 desalination company of the year.”

Making what it called “the greatest overall contribution to the desalination industry during 2010” the magazine praised IDE for its “unique competitive position in the global desalination arena during 2010, winning a significant portion of the Chinese desalination business and competing strongly for tenders in the Americas, Southern Europe and elsewhere in Asia.”

For its innovation, the magazine put IDE’s MED desalination plant China on its short list, as a testament to the company’s leadership and ability to take on new environmental challenges and specifications.

Runs on 50 percent less power

Created in Tianjin, China, the Israeli-built IDE MED desalination plant is the country’s largest and greenest one yet, says IDE’s CEO, Avshalom Felber. Using a process called multi-effect distillation (MED), the plant is claimed to be 50 percent more energy efficient than any other thermal desalination plant today.

In IDE MED, salt water from the sea is heated with steam and then circulated through an evaporator to create an end result of fresh water and salt.

The green element in the design is that the steam used to heat the water before the evaporation process comes from a nearby power plant, making sure that some wasted energy is put to good use.

According to Felber: “The first phase of the Tianjin project is already operating for the last year or so, at 100,000 cubic meters of water per day. Currently we are in the execution process of Phase II, for another 100,000 cubic meters. This is by far the largest desalination plant in China.”

The plant consists of four 25,000-cubic-meter units, and an additional four are underway.

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Israel Water Technology Delegation to Brisbane

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Australian natural resources boom attracts foreign investment from Israel, and leads to a trade delegation visiting Brisbane to explore opportunities for Israeli Water Technology in the mining and coal seam gas industries.

Since its founding, Israel has been coping with water scarcity and has been treating the subject as a national priority. The country has been constantly developing novel and efficient water and energy technologies, which can benefit the world as it is increasingly dealing with water and energy scarcity concerns. From the comprehensive management of water resources and water-saving irrigation technology to cost-saving purification, reclamation and desalination methods as well as water security and water treatment solutions, Israel is leading the world in producing water technology for sustainable development.

Australia is a dry continent with competition for scarce water resources.  Water is therefore a key business risk for top companies. From a broad Australian perspective, drought, over-allocation, inefficient water supply (loss driven) and climate change has resulted in a strong focus by many leading Australian companies on their water management solutions, and practical ways to address these critical issues. In addition, the treatment of waste water in the mining and Coal Seam Gas industries is of vital importance given the increased environmental issues and regulations facing Australian companies.

There are many challenges facing CSG & mining companies in Australia such as water treatment,  protecting ground and surface water, power-efficient desalination plants, linking power and water efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gas footprints, and economic modeling of value/cost of water management.

With Australia’s current resources boom and Israel being one of the world leaders in clean tech and water technology, there is a clear synergy between these sectors and vast opportunities for collaboration between the two countries.

The Israel Trade Commission hosted a delegation of 12 Israeli Water Technology Companies in Brisbane from 17th to 19th May 2011 to meet with the mining and coal seam gas (CSG) industries in Queensland. The purpose of the delegation was to introduce new and world leading water technologies to the booming Queensland natural resources industry and to explore investment opportunity in QLD. The Israel Trade Commission  also hosted an Industry seminar as well as exhibiting at the Austmine Expo and Conference. The delegation was supported by Trade and Investment Queensland, the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

TaKaDu Enters Latin America with First Water Infrastructure Monitoring Deployment at Aguas de Antofagasta in Chile

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Aguas de Antofagasta, one of Chile’s leading water utilities, expects improvement in efficiency and quality of service as a result of the implementation

 TaKaDu, a Water Infrastructure Monitoring pioneer, today announced its first commercial deployment in the Latin American market, at Aguas de Antofagasta, Chile.

Aguas de Antofagasta supplies water to the city of Antofagasta and the copper mines that surround it, which are the core of the local economy. The Antofagasta region has a desert climate, with minimal rainfall. The mining industry relies on water, and water scarcity in the region is a challenge. As a result, the utility desalinates most of its water supplies.

“At Aguas de Antofagasta, we believe that investing in innovation and technology can make a positive impact on the water supply and economy of the region”, said Mr. Marco Kutulas Peet, General Manager of Aguas de Antofagasta. “We decided to use TaKaDu’s Water Infrastructure Monitoring as a result of the potential water and energy savings associated with it. Reducing water loss, operating more efficiently and improving quality of service and water continuity are key goals for us and TaKaDu can help us achieve them. Better management of the network can reduce our energy costs, and help us meet greater water demand while ensuring optimal use of our water.”

Water Infrastructure Monitoring helps water utilities worldwide take control of their networks by giving them real-time knowledge and alerts about leaks and other problems in their water distribution infrastructure. It uses existing meter and sensor readings and uses advanced algorithms to detect, alert and accurately identify network events, such as leaks, bursts and other inefficiencies. Its Software-as-a-Service delivery model makes it quick to set up and easy to use. It requires no changes to existing equipment or upfront investment.

“Aguas de Antofagasta is an innovative utility that is keen on acheiving savings and sustainability through the use of our remote service throughout its entire network”, said Amir Peleg, Founder and CEO of TaKaDu. “As our first customer in Latin America we plan on working closely with Aguas de Antofagasta to realize the full benefits of saving water and energy through smart water network technologies.”

TaKaDu and a subsidiary of Aguas de Antofagasta called Atacama Water & Technology (AWT), are also exploring a potential partnership to promote and expand the use of Water Infrastructure Monitoring in Latin America.

About Aguas de Antofagasta S.A.

Aguas de Antofagasta S.A. engages in production and distribution of water. The company also operates the biggest desalination plant in Latin America, and provides collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater. The company is based in the city of Antofagasta (north of Chile), in one of the dryest deserts, called Atacama. Aguas de Antofagasta S.A. operates as subsidiary of Antofagasta plc. For more information check http://www.aguasantofagasta.cl/ or http://www.antofagasta.co.uk

About TaKaDu

TaKaDu is the global leader in Water Infrastructure Monitoring, providing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for water utilities. TaKaDu’s solution detects, alerts and provides real-time insight on leaks, bursts, network breaches and other network inefficiencies. The solution is based on complex algorithms which analyze existing online data from meters within the network (flow, pressure, etc) and external data (weather, holidays, etc). TaKaDu’s patented technology is easy to deploy, requiring no network changes, no additional devices and no capital expenditure. The service is in use by leading water utilities worldwide. TaKaDu is a founding member of SWAN (Smart Water Network forum). The company has won several industry awards, including the prestigious Technology Pioneer 2011 award from the World Economic Forum.

Netafim (Cleantech, Older Business Opportunities)

Netafim™ is the global leader in smart drip and micro irrigation solutions for a sustainable future. With more than 35 subsidiaries worldwide, Netafim agronomists and engineers deliver optimal solutions to growers in over 112 countries, with 14 manufacturing facilities around the globe and over 2,400 employees.
Netafim helps the world grow more with less, this means achieving better quality crops and higher yields while using less of the world’s limited resources such as water, land and energy.
Our products provide diverse and comprehensive solutions for cost-effective irrigation for a broad range of crops: open-field crops, orchards, groves, vineyards and more.
Netafim’s broad solutions portfolio includes complete drip irrigation systems for agricultural and landscape irrigation, computerized monitoring and fertilization control systems and turnkey greenhouses projects.
Netafim is jointly owned by three Kibbutzim (Hatzerim, Magal and Yiftach), the Markstone fund and the Tene Fund. The company’s annual sales totaled $504 million in 2009.

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ISRAEL PARTNERS IN 16% OF EUREKA’S 89 APPROVED INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

EUREKA’s representatives from 40 countries are investing 134 million euros ($194 million) in 89 initiatives across Europe, 14 of which have Israeli partners.

Israel has been one of the five most active members in EUREKA, the leading industrial R&D initiative in Europe, boasting the same number of projects as much bigger [EU] countries. In 2011, Israel became the first non-European state to head the EUREKA Network. Since the start of Israel’s chairmanship year, nearly 200 EUREKA projects have been approved, totaling more than 280 million euros ($405 million) of private and public investment.

The approved R&D projects cover a variety of areas, including renewable energy, agrofood technology, biotechnology, physical and exact sciences, IT and electronics, industrial manufacturing, and more. EUREKA initiatives look to meet challenges such as climate change, energy security, and limited water resources.

Talks progress on gas pipeline to Greece

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

As reported in Globes.co.ilA pipeline from Leviathan would be a technically complex project that could cost over $6 billion.

Sources inform ”Globes” that Israel and Greece have made real progress toward a memorandum of understanding on an agreement to export natural gas from the Leviathan field via Greece. The parties also agreed to make a joint approach to the EU to sponsor a future agreement between Israel and Greece.The negotiations follow a meeting in August 2010 between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, when Netanyahu proposed that Israel should supply natural gas to Greece. It was not yet known at the time whether any gas existed at Leviathan, but in December, Leviathan’s partners announced the discovery of 16 trillion cubic feet of gas. Leviathan is located 130 kilometers west of Israel.

Following the Netanyahu-Papandreou meeting, several secret meetings were held between the countries to promote the initiative. Netanyahu also discussed natural gas exports with Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias last month in Jerusalem.

In the last meeting between the Israeli and Greek teams last Thursday, it was proposed to conduct a feasibility study on the idea of laying a gas pipeline from the Leviathan field to the Greek coast. This pipeline is the main solution under discussion for exporting gas from Israel to southern Europe, but it is a very technically complex undertaking that would cost $6 billion or more. An alternative is to lay a pipeline to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Cyprus or Israel.

Greece is very interested in Israeli gas in order to diversify its energy sources. Greece currently buys about 70% of its natural gas from Russia, and the rest from Algeria and Qatar, via an LNG facility.

A few months ago, Greek Deputy Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Ioannis Maniatis told “Globes”, “Use of natural gas in Greece is half the European average, and we want to close the gap.” Greece currently consumes 3.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year, compared with 5.2 billion cubic meters by Israel, and it is expected to increase consumption to 9.3 billion cubic meters by 2020.

Work begins on largest private power station

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

As reported in Globes.co.ilThe $870 million project for Dorad Energy is being built by Wood Group, the UK company’s first activity in Israel.

Scotland-based Wood Group plc (LSE: WG) has begun construction of Israel’s largest private power station that Dorad Energy Ltd. is establishing on land owned by Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company Ltd. (EAPC) in Ashkelon. The $870 million project is Wood Group’s first activity in Israel.Wood Group will carry out the earthworks, frame, construction, and electrical work for the power station. Wood Group GTS, the company’s gas turbine services unit, will install the natural gas turbines, which are scheduled to arrive in Israel by the end of the year. The power station will have 12 General Electric gas turbines and two steam turbines.

The company will employee 300 people – mostly Israelis – on the project, and the number of employees will peak at 1,000 during the height of construction. Dorad shareholder Uri Dori Engineering Works Corp. (TASE: DORI) is the subcontractor for the earthworks.

Wood Group said that the power station will be completed in 2013. Wood Group Israel manager Shlomo Cohen said, “The company considers this project as a cornerstone for extensive operations in Israel. It considers construction of such a large project as a challenge and a breakthrough in the construction of power stations in Israel.” He added, “This project is Wood Group’s first project in Israel and Wood Group GTS intends to expand its operations in Israel in its areas of expertise.”

Dorad is owned by EAPC (37.5%), Turkish conglomerate Zorlu Industrial and Energy Holding AS (25%), Adeltech Ltd. unit Adelcom Ltd. (18.75%), and Gazit-Globe Ltd. (TASE: GLOB) contracting arm Uri Dori U. Dori Energy Infrastructures Ltd. (18.75%). The company’s 840-megawatt power station will cost NIS 4 billion and provide 8% of Israel’s electricity. The company has a contract for natural gas with Egypt’s East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG).

WATEC Israel 2011

WATEC 2011 – The 6th International Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control , November 15th-17th, Fairgrounds Center,  Tel-Aviv

The WATEC 2011 Exhibition & Conference is Israel’s prime event for showcasing its technologies and achievements in the fields of water, environment and energy.

With water, environment and energy challenges at the top of the global agenda, WATEC 2011 features compelling solutions and proven, practical applications in areas such as water and energy efficiency, water quality, desalination, and water supply.

Attracting participants from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, the exhibition is a unique opportunity to discover the latest innovations from start-up businesses, established companies, and researchers that can help drive private and public initiatives and accelerate results.

WATEC 2011 will introduce international successes and promising advancements for sustainable development, focusing on recent achievements and emerging solutions for the coming years. Bringing together Israeli and international business executives, political decision-makers, and leading researchers, WATEC 2011 will also be a showcase for the most advanced environmental technologies from around the world.

To view the official WATEC website, please click here.

To view the Food and Beverage solutions Package for Watec CLICK HERE

To view the Mining and Industrial Solutions Package for Watec CLICK HERE

Here are a few highlights that make attendance a top priority:

20,000+  expected exhibition attendees projected
– 150  international delegations expected
– 90+  countries represented
– Illuminating presentations on current and emerging water and environmental topics
– International region-based problem-solving forum
– An array of new products and solutions that will be premiered for the first time
– Expansive exhibition forum; ideal venue for both exhibitors and solution-seekers
– Approx. 35 start-up companies in the unique “Innovation Pavilion” organized by Israel NewTech

WATEC 2011 organizers–Kenes Exhibitions and Tel Aviv Fairgrounds Center—reported that the exhibition will feature local and foreign companies developing the newest innovations in waste water reclamation, creation of new water sources, water betterment, coping with hazards to the ecology, as well as new and alternative energy sources. Research institutions are to showcase top-of-the-line solutions in these fields.

WATEC 2009 was attended by 20,000 visitors from Israel and abroad, including ministers, heads of the world’s leading corporations in the fields of water, ecology and renewable energy, businessmen and mayors of counties and metropolises from across the world – all of whom face the enormous challenge of caring for a constantly growing population.

WATEC 2009: Statistics at a Glance

– 2,661 foreign water and environment industry experts and decision makers from 94 different countries
– Approx. 18,000 local professional visitors
– 265  exhibitors, including 41 from abroad, showcased on a space of 5,000-sqm
– 1,850  business meetings scheduled
– 150  official delegations accompanied by Israeli Commercial Attachés visited the show: 18% from Asia, 38% from Europe,  10% from Africa, 13% from North & Central America, 18% from Latin America  and 4% from Oceania
– 30  Foreign Ministers and Deputy Ministers
– 2,950 participated in the conference and professional seminars, led by 125 world-renowned keynote speakers, 37 from abroad

WATEC 2011 hosts one of the prime influential conferences worldwide on the topic, “From Innovation to Implementation in the World of CleanTech” (i2i). WATEC conference focuses on methods of converting technological developments and innovations into successful projects and enterprises. The State of Israel views this event as a significant opportunity to promote the abilities and reputation of the Israeli water and CleanTech technologies in the fierce competition of the global market.

In addition to the major session on the topic of water technology headed by Booky Oren, sessions will also focus on the ‘Quality of the Environment’, headed by Dr. Miriam Haran, ‘Renewable Energies’, led by the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative Authority.

Please click here for the professional Workshop at WATEC that will target CTOs and chief engineers in water utilities around the world.

View Watec featured on the Sustainability Matters website

ITC’s Position on Marrickville Council Stance

The ITC sees Marrickville Council’s support for the BDS  as grave and believes it should not be left unanswered by the Australian authorities.

We urge all parties to engage in dialogue rather than support a boycott. The B.D.S movement strengthens the radicals and we suggest the people who support the boycott should rather channel their energy into constructive areas, such as support for many of the joint Israeli-Palestinian projects, or Joint Israeli-Palestinian business start-ups and more.

We would like to point out that such a decision taken by local government is contrary to several WTO (World Trade organization) rules.

With Australia and Israel both members of the WTO charter, Australia is forbidden from discriminating against goods imported from another member country.

–   GATT Article I which expresses the most basic obligation of the Agreement, namely the MFN principle, and prohibits a Member of the WTO from discriminating against goods imported from another Member.

–   GATT Article XI which prohibits quantitative restrictions and has been found to apply to import bans.

–   GATT Article XXIV 12 which states: “Each contracting party shall take such reasonable measures as may be available to it to ensure observance of the provisions of this Agreement by the regional and local governments and authorities within its territories”.

US-Israeli solar energy co Brightsource raises $122m

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

As reported in IVC Online: The company value was $700-800 million, after money.

Brightsource Energy Inc. has raised $122.5 million in its fifth financing round. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said that it raised the capital in shares and warrants, as part of a planned $125 million offering.

“Venturewire” reports that the company value for the round was $700-800 million, after money. Both current and new investors participated in the round.

Brightsource declined to comment on the report.

Brightsource builds large thermosolar farms. It is not a start-up in the usual sense of the word, but it is the technology company with an Israeli affiliation that has raised the most money – $450 million in five years. It raised $176 million in its previous financing round in the autumn of 2010.

The list of Brightsource’s investors also shows that it is not a run-of-the-mill start-up. Shareholders include the Russian government’s venture capital fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), VantagePoint Venture Partners, BP Alternative Energy, the California State Teachers Retirement System (Calsters), Google.org, Chevron Technology Ventures, Alstom SA (LSE: ALS; Euronext: ALO) and StateoilHydro Venture.

California-based Brightsource Energy is the parent company of Brightsource Industries (Israel) Ltd. (formerly Luz2), which develops thermosolar solutions based on Luz, founded by Arnold Goldman, which operated in California’s Mojave Desert in the 1980s.

Brightsource’s technology uses flat mirrors, called heliostats, to concentrate sunlight onto a boiler at the top of a tower to generate steam, which is then piped to run turbines to produce electricity.

Advanced Equities Inc., a specialist in services for companies planning IPOs, assisted Brightsource in the current financing round. In late 2010, Brightsource was reportedly planning an IPO on Nasdaq, and had hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sach for this purpose. The current financing round indicates that the company is apparently waiting a bit more before holding an IPO, and opted for mezzanine financing.

The financing round paralleled the completion of procedures for a $1.37 billion US Department of Energy loan guarantee for the construction of a large Ivanpah thermosolar facility in the Mojave that will supply electricity to Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

One of the terms of the loan guarantee is that Brightsource must raise additional capital from private investors. The company’s project will be the largest thermosolar energy project in the world, and will double the amount of solar energy currently produced in the US.

Brightsource also operates a pilot facility at Mishor Rotem in the Negev.

Brightsource does not expect to generate substantial revenue until the Ivanpah project is completed. However, the company has begun to grant licenses for its technology in order to improve its revenue.