Israel Cleantech Intelligence: Clean Air and 6 More Headlines

Biofuel investments in Israel is expected to rise 2011

Virent energy, Israel’s green police, renewable energy sources and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment.

Collaboration between Israel and Virginia is set to grow with Virginia’s plans to meet with and provide financial assistance to some Israeli cleantech companies. Israel’s Clean Air Act that was signed in 2008 finally went into effect and Israeli biofuel and energy efficiency companies are likely to see a rise in investment this year. For these stories and the rest of this week’s headlines, see below.

Biofuel
Investment in Israeli biofuel, energy efficiency to rise in 2011
This year will see a steady rise in investment in biofuel and energy efficiency companies in Israel, a government-sponsored investor based in the state has revealed to NewNet…

Virent and CleanTech champion bio-fuels
Virent Energy Systems Inc. and CleanTech have won a grant as part of a joint renewable energy program funded by the US and Israel. The project represents a combinative effort by the United States Department of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures, and the Bi-national Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation…

In Israel
10 Israeli Cities Celebrating Environmental Achievements in 2010
Depending on whether you’re a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person, you could reflect upon the year 2010 and see it in either a positive or negative green light. There were some environmental catastrophes, such as the Carmel fire – the worst fire in Israeli national history, but there were also some positive strides…

Israeli Green Police to Receive More Arrest Powers
Until a few years ago, environmental law enforcement was a big problem in Israel (as it is in many countries – Interpol is even getting tough on green crimes). There were some really great environmental laws in place, but the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection was having a hard time collecting environmental fines…

Israeli Clean Air Act Goes into Effect
As with its neighboring Middle Eastern countries, things can be slow moving in Israel sometimes. Maybe its a regional thing. But better later than never. While it would have been great if Israel’s Clean Air Act went into effect back in 2008 when it was legislated, we are still happy that it went into effect this month (a short two and a half years later)…

Solar
Is the hornet our key to renewable energy?
As every middle-school child knows, in the process of photosynthesis, plants take the sun’s energy and convert it to electrical energy. Now a Tel Aviv University team has demonstrated how a member of the animal kingdom, the Oriental hornet, takes the sun’s energy and converts it into electric power — in the brown and yellow parts of its body — as well…

Israel-Virginia
Virginia gov’t to assist five Israeli cleantech cos
The Virginia state government believes in Israeli capabilities and has launched a program to support and encourage Israeli cleantech companies. Via Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) and with the collaboration of the Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer, & Co. (ZAG) law firm, a Dominion Resources commercialization team is now in Israel to interview 25 cleantech companies, of which five will receive aid packages…

Missed last week’s headlines edition? Catch up on Israel’s Leviathan gas find, its water role in the Middle East, a look at Israel solar companies, and more.

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