Israel’s TaKaDu and SolarEdge have developed solutions in the water and solar fields that make current technologies more efficient.
Israel’s TaKaDu and SolarEdge have been named Red Herring Europe 100 winners for 2010. The two cleantech companies are among eight Israeli startups to have made the list which considered financial performance, technology innovation and execution of strategy and other criteria.
Here’s a closer look at both companies:
TaKaDu, founded by Amir Peleg in 2008, connects water and IT by providing a Software-as-a-Service solution that monitors water infrastructure and can detect leaks and prioritize which ones should be repaired first. The monitoring network can impact water savings up to 50%, and can help cities predict and prevent water loss now and in the future.
The TaKaDu system is already hooked up to Australian, European and UK water data and the company has partnerships with IBM and Schneider Electric of France. TaKaDu was one of 10 Israel clean tech companies invited to present at the California-Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC) Cleantech Tour and Showcase this past April. The company has $3.5 million invested in it to date.
SolarEdge has created “intelligent panels” that work together with a central Power Box, which would replace the passive panels that are the current norm. The PowerBoxes can enable the production of up to 25% more energy and significantly reduce costs.
SolarEdge recently entered distribution and installation agreements with Gadot Solar Solutions and Solco to distribute its technology in Europe and Australia more widely. In March the company was listed by Fast Company as one of the world’s 10 Most Innovative companies in Energy for 2010 and announced its partnership with Flextronics to develop more efficient solar energy harvesting systems. To date it has received over $57 million in funding to, including raising $23 million from GE and other investors last year.
As both companies continue to grow, it will be interesting to see if when they will expand to China.