Israel Cleantech Intelligence: Israel’s Cleantech Plan and 7 More Headlines

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Green software from Israel, Solergy’s Israeli CEO, Egyptian gas in Israel, and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment.

The water crisis in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan will reach a point where they are likely to solve it together in the future, predicted an Indian think tank in a report released earlier this week . Israeli solar energy company SolarEdge was among Red Herring’s Global 100 2010 winners and Israel is planning to invest billions of dollars into testing alternatives to oil in Israel.  For these stories and the rest of this week’s headlines, see below.

Environment
‘Green’ software saves money and trees
“Offices on four continents are using Israeli company Preton’s products to reduce paper and ink use as well as their carbon footprint…”

Solar
Italy’s Solergy Headed by Israeli From the Global Village
“Reared in California by Israeli parents, and married to an Italian wife, Yoav Banin speaks to his two young sons in Hebrew while raising them in Rome. This 38-year-old trilingual Silicon Valley veteran is co-founder and chief executive officer of Solergy, founded in 2007 to create and manufacture advanced concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology. Using optics to focus sunlight over 500 times onto special photovoltaic cells, CPV increases solar energy conversion efficiency while reducing the amount of expensive materials that often hamper the practicality of this field…”

SolarEdge Technologies Wins the Red Herring Global 100 Award 2010
“SolarEdge Technologies, an innovative provider of distributed solar power harvesting and PV monitoring solutions, today announced that it has received the Red Herring Global 100 award. The honor recognizes the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, celebrating their innovations and technologies across their respective industries…”

Water
‘Israel in worst shape for water resources in Mideast’
“An Indian thinktank, Strategic Foresight Group, released a report Saturday that claims that Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories are in the worst shape in the Middle East with clean water resources, citing a 500-700 million cubic meter water deficit each. Middle Eastern counties will have no choice to cooperate as water resources in the region dwindle causing shortages, the report said…”

In Israel
Israel’s cleantech mega-plan
“”The global interest in Israel’s energy R&D and technology is out of all proportion to the size of the country,” says Dr. Eli Opper, former Chief Scientist and now chairman of the Eureka High Level Group (HLG). Israel currently holds the chairmanship of Eureka, the European R&D program, of which more than 40 countries are members…”

How Israel Will Lead The Search For Oil Substitutes (And How The Rest Of The World Is Watching)
“Long considered leaders of R&D and Clean Technology, particularly in the fields of water desalination and solar energy technology, Israel has now set firm sights on leading the shift away from oil dependence. Between now and 2020, the tiny country intends to spend NIS 14 billion (US $ 3.82 billion) to help innovators and researchers test viable alternatives to oil. And while often slow to implement their own technology, cooperation with Europe may change that…”

EGYPT’S GAS SUPPLY TO ISRAEL TO RESUME NEXT WEEK
“Egypt’s supply of natural gas to Israel will resume flowing next week, the Egyptian gas company E-gas has announced…”

Environmental Minister Choose Greening Israel Over UN Post
“Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan turned down an opportunity to represent Israel as ambassador to the United Nations, according to a Jerusalem Post report…”

Missed last week’s headlines edition? Catch up on Israel’s water crisis, its desalination production plan, ZenithSolar’s demo in Australia, and more.

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