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).

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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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

Israel & Poland signed environmental joint declaration of cooperation

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The cooperation is primarily in the realms of promoting investment and exchange of technologies. Cooperation will be in the form of rotation of specialists, both professionals and technicians
Israel and Poland signed last week a joint declaration of cooperation on water supply and sustainable energy technology management policy. This and other agreements were signed by the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Polish Minister of the Environment Blaszczyk.
The joint declaration is concerned with the planning, defense, development and mobility of water sources and sustainable energy, with emphasis on bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of both countries.
The cooperation is primarily in the realms of promoting investment, exchange of technologies, increasing dialogue and exchange of information, and the establishment of uniform standardization.
Cooperation will be in the form of rotation of specialists, both professionals and technicians, and will include reciprocal learning tours, joint projects and research, training courses, exhibitions and workshops. In addition, cooperation between private entities on the above issues will be increased

Source: port2port


Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, will lead the revolution of data and information technology for water networks, yielding a more efficient and more sustainable water industry.

London, Feb 21st 2011 – Water industry leaders have announced today that they have joined forces in the establishment of SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, a global industry alliance promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, to make them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.

Smart Water Networks leverage data and information technology for an improved, streamlined and more efficient operation of water utility distribution networks. With the increased instrumentation and telemetry of water networks, a new layer of smart data applications has become possible. Smart Water Network solutions improve the efficiency, longevity, and reliability of the underlying physical water network by better measuring, collecting, analyzing, and acting upon a wide range of events.

The founding members of the SWAN forum are Derceto, Echologics (a Division of Mueller Water), i2O Water, TaKaDu, Telvent and Schneider Electric. Vienna Waterworks and other utilities will join the advisory committee.

Guy Horowitz, Chairman of the SWAN forum and VP Marketing at TaKaDu, said: “SWAN represents the entire eco-system that can and will make smart water networks a reality – technology and solution vendors, leading  system integrators, industry experts, and leading  water utilities. Water networks have a lot of data, and will have more in the future. Our goal is to guarantee that utilities and vendors could use data optimally for better managing their infrastructure”, added Horowitz. “The forum welcomes vendors, consultants, researchers, utilities and wholesalers, investors, network operators, and any other valuable contributors to the future of water networks.”

“A smarter water network can combine process and energy efficiency in water and wastewater operations”, said Pascal Bonnefoi, Water Segment Director at Schneider Electric, a global leader in the energy efficiency market. “This forum will drive innovation from the practical experience of the different contributors”.

“The vision for the industry must be to develop fully integrated systems which allow water companies to remotely monitor, diagnose problems for preemptive maintenance, remotely control and remotely optimize all aspects of the water and wastewater network”, said Andrew Burrows, Chief Technology Officer at i2O Water.  “By sharing ideas and collaborating with leading technology suppliers and customers through this forum we believe that this vision can be achieved”.

According to Telvent’s CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, “Having access to accurate information at all decision making levels is key for water utilities in carrying out their role of managing such a critical resource for economic and social development in a safe and efficient way. This forum provides the perfect framework to put this information into context and finding out true smart solutions for the utility’s day to day decision making processes”.
“JD7 is proud to take part in this important initiative”, said Stuart Hamilton, Managing Director of JD7, a leader in inspection technologies for water networks. “Using data for solving water network problems has the potential of facilitating the maintenance of utility assets and making the networks more efficient”.

“The forum will promote awareness, effectiveness, and use of smart IT solutions for water networks” said Amir Peleg, Founder and CEO of TaKaDu. “The enormous potential of taking a data driven approach will transform the way water utilities work in the coming years, dramatically change the picture of water loss and mass replacement of pipes and as a result, positively impact the ability of us all to use our precious water sustainably”.

The SWAN forum will be holding its inaugural conference, SWAN 2011, on May 17-18, 2011 in Paris, France, at the Schneider Electric Headquarters. During this two-day conference, leaders and members in the smart water space will discuss the opportunities, challenges and next steps in bringing the vision of smart water to fruition, highlighting the state of smart water networks today and in the coming years, showcasing technologies and discussing real world utility best practices.

About SWAN
SWAN is a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. It brings industry leaders together to promote awareness, effectiveness, and use of smart data systems for water networks. Forum members are technology and solution vendors, consultants, researchers, utilities and wholesalers, network operators, investors and other valuable contributors to the future of water networks. To learn more about SWAN, visit

Media contact for SWAN:
Guy Horowitz
+972-525-424-848 / +44-20-81-44-81-46

BGU among world’s top green universities

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As reported in Israel 21C:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has been ranked 46th greenest campus in the world, according to a study conducted by the Green Metric organization that compares universities on their degree of commitment to environmental education and implementation of sustainable policies. Thousands of institutions and associations across the globe applied to be graded in the list of 200, and BGU was the only Israeli university to be included.

“The BGU administration and staff have taken on the responsibility of public and environmental action,” said Prof. Dan Blumberg, Deputy Vice-President and Dean of R & D, and the Chairperson of BGU’s Green Council. “The University is extremely active in this field, indeed it is felt all levels of campus activity campus including among others: research, teaching ‘green activities’ and social involvement in the community.”

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Self-sustaining nuclear energy from Israel

Friday, October 15th, 2010

As reported by Israel21c:

Though the very mention of nuclear energy makes many people nervous, it’s no secret that we will come to depend on it more and more as highly-polluting and costly fossil fuels go the way of the dinosaurs from which they derive. That’s why the world’s best minds are focused on finding efficient and inexpensive methods of generating nuclear energy.

Israeli nuclear engineer Eugene Shwageraus is one of those minds. The 37-year-old Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev lecturer and his research partner, Dr. Michael Todosow of the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, received a three-year Energy Independence Partnership Grant last May from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation to develop a self-sustainable fuel cycle for light water reactors.

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AICC Trade Mission to Israel focusing on Smart & Safe Cities, Thinking like an Entrepreneur, and The Highway to Innovation

The Israel Trade Commission together with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce is happy to invite you to join us on a delegation to Israel focusing on the following topics.

Two Group Meeting Streams

 Homeland Security – ‘Smart and Safe Cities’
Includes visit to the 1st Israel HLS International Conference about Security Technology Operations Policies from 31 October to 3 November. Meet 500 HLS experts from around the world including homeland security ministers, mayors, chiefs of police and airport security experts. We will also create private meetings with many other industry companies for potential business.
Innovation – ‘Thinking like an Entrepreneur’
Includes visits to Weizmann Institute of Science, Microsoft Israel R&D Centre, Technion Institute of Technology, Cleantech Briefing, Tel Aviv University, Hadasit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Overview of the Israeli Healthcare/Bio-Tech Industry, Technological Incubators Program, Ormat, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, etc.

Or attend

Israel National Roads Company (INRC) is inviting companies to participate to First International R&D Symposium (1-3 Nov) – The international symposium is looking for research organizations and road authorities, with which the company has strategic cooperation agreements as well as private companies, focusing on Deployment of Sustainable Technologies in Road and Transportation Infrastructure. 

Group Meetings
Geo-Political Overview and Israeli VC/High Tech Briefing

Private Meetings
With your interest registered we are able to create a personalised itinerary to meet all your requirements. 

Group Tourism
Includes visits to Old City of Jerusalem, Yad-Vashem Holocaust Museum, Massada, The Dead Sea and Kotel Tunnels Tour.

Please click here to see Official Invitation.
Please click here to see potential Companies that you will meet with in the HLS Industry.
Please click here to see potential Companies that you will meet with in the Innovation Industry.
Please click here to see the Highway to Innovation Symposium.
Please click here to download the enquiry form


Tom Ridge: Israel’s renewable energy know-how among world’s best

Thursday, August 12th, 2010


As reported in IVC: “In order to ensure that sustainable and safe technologies are developed in Israel, it’s necessary to maintain a suitable balance between the state and the market.”

In an interview with “Globes”, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge says, “The socioeconomic and environmental needs of the 21st century require innovation and energy independence, which can be found in renewable energy. This is one of the important transitions that we can undertake from the industrial era to the green era.”
The winner from among the two consortia bidding for the government renewable energy incubator tender is due to be picked within a few months. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor will provide the Negev incubator NIS 57 million over five years, which the tender winner will match, giving the incubator a total budget of NIS 114 million.

The incubator is an important project, as a glance at the participants in the tender demonstrates. The first consortium, called Sderot 21, comprises Baran Group (TASE: BRAN; Pink Sheets:BRANF), Bar Ilan University, entrepreneur Shai Beilis, Sderot Economic Corporation, Notre Dame University, and several foreign entities, including Tom Ridge’s Ridge Global and Pace Global Energy Services.

The second consortium, called “The Arava Renewable Energy Technology Center”, comprises Ormat Industries Ltd., Elbit Systems Ltd., Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Direct Insurance – Financial Investments Ltd., ProSeed Venture Capital Fund, Britain’s Consensus Business Group , the Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Initiative, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Shibolet & Co. Advocates & Notaries, and other parties.

“I have no doubt that the countries that support renewable energy technology R&D will become less dependent on polluting fossil fuels,” said Ridge Global CEO Tom Ridge in explaining the rationale behind the promotion of R&D centers such as the one planned for the Negev.

Ridge has extensive experience in establishing technology centers. He was a co-founder of technology incubators in the US and set up the first technology incubators association in the US back in the early 1980s. He is a close friend of former US President George W. Bush, and help Bush on his election campaigns. Bush later appointed Ridge as the first Secretary of Homeland Security in the aftermath of September 11. Ridge also took part in setting up ventures and joint research centers for the private and government markets, and research institutes where environment and technology interfaces.

Ridge said, “Countries that will know how to produce the most from the power of partnership between the state and the private sector, reduce the costs of renewable energy, create jobs with added value, and become export leaders. Renewable energy isn’t another discovery and research field, it must be an applied science that will lead to energy solutions to guarantee our lives in the near and distant future.

“Globes”: What is the connection between you and the consortium that is promoting an initiative in a small country like Israel?

Ridge: “When we were approached about Sderot 21, we were invited together with Pace Global, and we rapidly decided that the venture is a unique opportunity. The ability of a consortium comprised mainly of industry and academe makes it possible to establish in Israel a cluster of innovative technologies industries. This could be an entity with significant economic influence on the region, in addition to the business potential it reflects outside of Israel, since foreign parties are involved.”

Ridge’s comments could be a point for reflection, given the new law for the encouragement of capital investment now being written, which offers fewer incentives for foreign investors.

What do you think about Israel’s potential in the global cleantech market?

“20 years ago, when I was a member of the US House of Representatives, I made my first visit to Israel, and I was charmed by your growth in development and application of solar technologies. It seemed to be a step with vision, and it’s incredible that it was done by the country to create an infrastructure to enable the private market to concentrate on renewable energy. The know-how accumulated since then in the renewable energy industry is one of the best I know of in the world.

“In order to ensure that sustainable and safe technologies are developed in Israel, it’s necessary to maintain a suitable balance between the state and the market. The concept of state investment in infrastructures, support to encourage investment by private parties in technologies and business opportunities can achieve the right balance.”

Since Israeli renewable energy legislation is being prepared, do you have any advice for the Israeli regulators on what to do?

“Israel should develop the best model for it, so I won’t give my opinion on this or that structure. I only hope that the model that Israel chooses will maximize participation, expedite the penetration of new renewable energy technologies into the market, and create a more competitive and accessible environment.

“This is an industry in which Israel can take the lead as inventors and as thought leaders in fields that are important not just to the country itself, but to all countries aiming for a greener and economically stronger world.”