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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on April 4th, 2017
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

Israel never developed its natural energy sources and chose to be dependent on imports of fossil fuels – a business area that is known to breed corruption. Not to mince words – Israeli politicians – a great majority of them – have unseemly court cases hanging around their necks anyway. To add to this – being a country under the magnifying glass of Western humanitarian liberalism adds much pressing weight in economic terms.

Franco’s Spain, and The Apartheid South Africa, were rich in indigenous resources and with the
help of imported technologies could demonstrate that they can survive any sanctions imposed.
But this was not the case of Israel in spite of rich technologies developed by Israelis, those technologies were not used at home, but exported with daughter companies abroad, even doing
business in Arab States. We can be thankful that Israel chose to reject Nuclear Power, but we will never understand the reasoning not to go big for available solar and wind technologies.
Even now, having suddenly become an “oil” State – thanks to the gas found on its door steps,
the business interests will not allow disengagement from coal imports.

With this introduction – let us look what we learned at the Herzliya meeting which we followed
up later by reading from a November 2016 Conference in Eilat.

THE SMART MOBILITY SOLUTIONS meeting at IDC/Herzliya included the Remarks
“FUELING INNOVATION FOR SMARTER MOBILITY” by Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien now Acting Chairman of
FUEL CHOICES INITIATIVES in the PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE – AND Director of Administration of that Initiative.

To be more exact – Dr. Bohnstien who is a graduate in biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University (TAU). She handles in the PM’S office ALTERNATIVE FUELS and SMART MOBILITY.
To be even more exact: Together with the Ministry of National Energy, she is coordinating the inter-ministerial team that accompanies companies through their demonstration process of alternative fuels and alternative mobility technologies. She is also heading the academic relations under the Initiative.

At the IDC meeting I attended – she was all High-Tech Mobility, but in conversation with her
she told me she handles also Renewable Energy. As we are interested in both aspects – I will obviously delve in both directions.

This present posting is in effect a sequel to:
“Israel is the First Post-Industrial Society, that is why they sell $13.8 Billion technology in a deal. We start to look into what this means.” We posted this on March 30, 2017, and the sequel was somewhat delayed as I was hoping to interview Dr. Bohnshtien, but this did not come to be.

First let us touch upon the remarks Dr. Bonshtein made at the IDC meeting:

She told us about that Intel-Mobil-Eye 13.6 billion deal and the fact that serious players – Bosch, GM, Daimler-Mercedes-Benz, BMW,Volkswagen, Samsung, Harmon, nVidia, and more, established labs or at least offices in Israel – this because Israel is in front and has become a “Must” on topics like Automated Driving, Electric Mobility, Autonomous Mobility,
Smart Mobility – then there is an-eye-for-the-car – intelligent communication.

She said Israel got into this because of the economy’s loses of 15 billion Shekel/year in accidents and 4.5 billion Shekel/year in air pollution.

The family car is the second largest expense a family has in Israel – surpassed only by the cost of housingOn January 22, 2017 250 million Shekel were given to a program to innovate
and deploy in Smart Mobility Technologies. Those include resolution mapping.

She coordinates 10 Ministries involved in the Program and works with China and Singapore
that have large programs from which Israel can learn as well.

She talks of an ACCELERATOR for these programs – to be reviewed on May 18, 2017 and then followed by a large conference October 3, 2017

At IDC she was seconded by Roy Melzer a Patent Attorney at the private firm of Ehrlich & Fenster who pointed out that the Mobility Patents are owned mainly by US, Japan, Germany and Korea – in that order – and some others with Israel not high on the list. This is clear because those for countries are the main motor-vehicle producers. They discover technology
talents and buy them. But he says – WE WANT MORE THEN INCREMENTAL INNOVATION – WE AIM AT DESTRUCTIVE INNOVATION – when you see real change to new entities. The traditional players will still hold a lot of power but there will be new players that come in with the
destructive details.

Now we talk of sensors for the car – to understand what is in front, inventive software +
general computer. Some of these are hard to patent. But better visibility and transfer of information can still be patented.

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On the second arm of Dr. Bonshtien’s charge – the one not dealing with Mobility
but rather with Fuels and sources of energy – preferably of the Renewable Energy kind
– with known technologies and novel technologies – we tried to get an appointment with
her but it did not happen.

So, without her help – we went to the internet to look at the:

EILAT-EILOT RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
7th International Conference & Exhibition
November 27-29, 2016 Dan Eilat, Israel


Conference topics include:

Eilat Eilot as a Smart Solar Region
Solar Energy & Off-Grid as Catalyst for Energy Security
Science Fiction or Reality Demands – The Secret behind Micro Grids
PV in Israel – Stepping into a Massive Era
Energy Efficiency – Innovation and Implementation
Integration of Renewable Energy into the Grid
Smart Transportation as part of Smart City
Energy Storage – Will li-ion Batteries be the New PV?
The Efficiency of Pump Storage
Off-Grid as a Solution for Infrastructure in the Developing World
Sun Industry – Marine Agriculture and Algae

PROGRAM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2016
08:00-20:00
Professional Tour in Renewable Energy Facilities
Pick-up from Arlozorov central bus station in Tel Aviv

The trip from Tel Aviv to Eilat and viewing on the way of:

The Ashalim Thermo-Solar Power Station: Megalim and Negev Energy
Brenmiller Energy Demo Site – Autonomous Storage-based Generation System + Light Lunch
Eilat-Eilot Off-Grid Demonstration Village
Robotic Cleaning of Solar Panels

Cocktail reception at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Research Center

Transfers to Dan Eilat Hotel

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016
08:30
Refreshments and Registration
Projects Presentation, SUSTAINERGY 4, International Youth Competition for Renewable Energy
Lobby, Dan Eilat Hotel

10:00-11:30
Opening Session
Chair: Dorit Banet & Noam Ilan
Greetings
Presenting Awards to the Winners of the Sustainergy International Youth Competition
Big Blue Hall

Dorit Banet
Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

Noam Ilan
Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

Dr. Yuval Steinitz
Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources

MK Yael Cohen Paran
Knesset Israel

Danny Atar
KKL-JNF

Yiftah Ron-Tal
Israel Electric Corporation

Meir Yitzhak Halevi
Mayor of Eilat

Hanan Ginat
Mayor of Eilot Regional Council

Peretz Vazan
Ministry of Science, Technology and Space

Yisrael Dancziger
Ministry of Environmental Protection
11:30-11:50
The New Energy Era in Israel

Shaul Meridor
The Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources
11:50-12:50
Energy Independence in Cities – from Fiction to Science
Chair: Elad Topel
Big Blue Hall

Elad Topel
Environmental Unit Eilat-Eilot, Eilat City

Eli Lankri
Deputy Mayor of Eilat

Eliad Peretz
Cornell University; NASA; NSF

Hadas Rozen
SolarEdge

Noam Segal
The Israeli Energy Forum

Avi Brenmiller
Brenmiller Energy

Yaron Liv
IEC – Israel Electric Corporation

13:00-14:00
Lunch & Visit the Exhibition
Hotel Restaurant & Foyer

14:00-15:15
The Vision of 100% Renewable Energy
Chair: Yuval Zohar
Big Blue Hall

Dr. Griffin M. Thompson
U.S. Department of State

Emily Rochon
Greenpeace International

Tobias Kempermann
EWE

Nurit Gal
Public Utility Authority (PUA)
Panel – The Next Big Thing for Cleantech Innovation
Chair: Avi Feldman
Big Blue Hall

Avi Feldman
Capital Nature

Ross Bruton
Frost & Sullivan

Mike Freeman
Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund; Innosphere

Dr. Bracha Halaf
The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources

Mickey Steiner
innogy Israel

Gil Golan
General Motors
15:15-16:30
Renewable Energy CEO’s Forum – an Open Discussion: Barriers, Growth and Forecasts
Chair: Eitan Parnass
Big Blue Hall

Eitan Parnass
Green Energy Association of Israel (GEA-IL); Global Solar Council

Nurit Gal
Public Utility Authority (PUA)

Gilad Yavetz
EnLight Renewable Energy

Yaron Szilas
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy

Shai Porat
Inbar Solar Energy

Amnon Epstein
Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Nadav Barkan
EDF EN Israel

Shahar Ben Moyal
Arava Meshakim & Partners
Panel – Sustainable Mobility & Energy Efficiency
Chair: Zviya Baron & Limor Nakar Vincent
Tarshish Hall

Zviya Baron
PetroQuantum B.V.

Limor Nakar-Vincent
BIRD Foundation

Assaf Tamir
BEDEK Aviation Group

Ariella Grinberg-Felder
General Motors Israel

Dr. Alexis Abramson
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Saul Reichman
Renault Innovation Lab Israel

Lana Elner
Busnet & Trucknet Drive

16:30-17:30
Global RE Opportunities for Israeli Business
Chair: Adv. Orit Marom
Big Blue Hall

Adv. Orit Marom
Shibolet & Co.

Adv. Jack Jacobs
Cleantech Law Partners

Stefan Acsinte
European Investment Bank

Yosef Abramowitz
CEO, Energiya Global; Co-founder, Arava Power

Karl Fickenscher
Power Africa

Hon. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Ding
Minister of Energy and Dams, Republic of South Sudan

Mr. Ilan Goldstein
Gigawatt Global Wind
The Scaling Up Challenge
Chair: Gil Shaki
Big Blue Hall

Gil Shaki
Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy

Casper Van der Tak
CVDT Consulting

Zvika Klier
TIGI

Jonathan Shrier
U.S. Embassy

Dr. Harold Wiener
Terra Venture Partners

Eran Levy
Enel Innovation Hub

15:45-17:00 – Entrepreneurs, Economic and Environmental Aspects in Algae Rearing and Mariculture
Chair: Noam Mozes & Dr. Adi Levi
Coral Hall

Noam Mozes
Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Dr. Adi Levi
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Maya Yakobs
Zalul

Hagai Stadler
Algatech

Shaul Zaban
Zenovar

Lior Kaufman
BIOALGAE

The above list, besides having given a podium to many Ministers – it also focused on


Off-Grid as a Solution for Infrastructure in the Developing World via
Sun Industries – Marine Agriculture and Algae.

But these are technologies Israelis from private enterprise presented many years ago,
and effected in foreign countries but really did not have much of an an impact in Israel proper. Will the new effort effect also Israel or it will be mainly a tool for export?

Among the participating delegations I focused on the Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE, based
IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will be attending this year’s Eilat-Eilot Renewable and Clean Energy Conference. The delegation will participate in the event as part of the Agency’s mission to create a strategic plan for the Israeli government to help facilitate the deployment and proliferation of renewable energy in Israel. IRENA, based in Abu Dhabi, is the largest intergovernmental organization to promote the widespread adoption of renewable energy. The arrival of the globally recognized green powerhouse to the conference is a major boost for the Israeli clean energy sector.

Delegation
Dolf Gielen
Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
Germany

Susan Pond

LONDON: Business can and must be at the forefront of technical and policy innovation to tackle climate change, says Dolf Gielen, Head of Innovation, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in an exclusive Climate TV interview during IRENA’s Innovation Week in Bonn earlier this month.

Innovative technology already exists today to help companies meet their 100% renewable electricity goals, according to the Head of Innovation. “There are companies that are more in the service sector, like supermarkets, where it’s clear that rooftop solar photovoltaic can have a very important role,” he underlines, “especially if combined with energy efficiency and perhaps even some forms of energy storage – for example also cold storage, because there’s a lot of refrigeration demand.”

“A different story is the energy-intensive companies, like cement production, iron, steel, petrochemical. These are sectors where renewable electricity can play a role, but you also need to find a solution for the thermal energy demand, and we think that bioenergy there and bio-refinery concept can play a more important role.”

Following the plan drawn up in the historic Paris Agreement, business must act now to reach net zero emissions over the next half century. The role of technical innovation in this scenario is crucial, says Dolf Gielen, since the energy markets are going through a significant period of change – which can create huge business opportunities.

“The most prominent example is the electricity market”, he says. “You see that electricity prices have changed dramatically. There are now more and more periods of excess of renewable electricity available, where electricity is available for free, or people are even paid to use that electricity. That’s of course a great business opportunity.

“But the challenge is to find that specific application where you get most value out of that surplus of electricity. And on the other hand, there is now periods of electricity scarcity, when prices go up. So, if you have some kind of storage solution, or some type of demand-response capacity to deal with that scarcity, that’s a great business opportunity.”

GOING 100% RENEWABLE

Forward-thinking businesses are already reaping the benefits of the transition toward a low carbon economy. RE100, convened by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, is an ambitious global initiative to engage, support and showcase influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power.

“The cliché is that industry can’t do anything because they need cheap energy and you should just leave it to the market,” says Dolf Gielen. “But industry is also the largest consumer of energy, and therefore it has a great opportunity to influence how that sector develops. And in that sense RE100 is really key.

“It’s the companies that everybody knows, the big companies, showing that it is possible to move to 100% renewables, and that has of course a great function as an example for all the others. If these companies can do it, then why not everyone?”

Business and government must collaborate to unlock the trillions of dollars of investment needed for the transition to a net zero emissions economy. Policy support for this shift is key, and innovative solutions can accelerate progress.

The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance has played a vital role in shaping the Paris Agreement, showcasing the importance of sub-national governments in driving bold climate action that makes sense for both businesses and citizens.

ROLE OF INNOVATION

“What is clear from the discussion so far is that we see very rapid technological innovation, but we can almost take that for granted,” says Dolf Gielen, commenting the first day of IRENA’s Innovation Week. “While on the side of the market design, policy design, and business models – that’s probably where a stronger push would be warranted and that’s also where the great progress can be achieved and where the business opportunities are.

“The second outcome is that it’s clear that the power sector is the one where we will see more change in the coming years, and it’s going to be very interesting how that will evolve in different markets – probably we are going to see a diversity of solutions and pathways , and that will create fantastic new business opportunities.”

Leading businesses, investors and policymakers will convene at the end of the month in London for the Business & Climate Summit – the first big event post-Paris to implement what was agreed last December – and work together to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

This year must be the turning point to implement the strategies that will help keep global temperature rise under the 2 degrees Celsius threshold – a pathway that is good for business, good for growth and good for the environment.

The Business & Climate Summit, on June 28-29, 2016 in London, will be critical to build the partnerships needed to scale up and accelerate this inevitable transition toward a more prosperous world.

Dennis Volk,Programme Officer
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

and Susan Pond

Dennis Volk advises IRENA member states and their governance decision makers in the design and implementation of enabling environments for the development and integration of renewable resources into power systems. His main focus areas are institutional design choices and techno-economic governance frameworks which ensure the reliable, affordable and sustainable development and operations of power systems at the interface between existing infrastructures, technology innovation and deployment. His advisory work, strategically summarised under the umbrella of the IRENA Regulatory Empowerment Project, responds to needs expressed by IRENA member states and cuts across several regional programmes in Africa, America and South-East Asia. Dennis’ advisory work builds upon his 10 years of experience in national and international power system governance, including for market liberalisation and renewables development and integration. As a former electricity analyst with the German federal energy regulator (‘Bundesnetzagentur’) he understands the various practical challenges of framework design and implementation in all relevant detail, a set of experience which he combines with global knowledge on energy markets and power systems through his work for the International Energy Agency (IEA). He is contributor to various decision making processes and author of various targeted papers.

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Also – as the conference was held at Eilat and a special emphasis was in place for marine technologies – the following has to be specially noted – this because we are familiar with the algae work we helped some 25 years ago to open a second plant in Brazil based on the Eilat plant that was built with Japanese investment according to studies performed at Bat Galim near Haifa:

Meeting of Investors and Entrepreneur in Marine Biotechnolgy Mariculture
15:30- 15:45 Registration

Introduction session:

Entrepreneurs, economic and environmental aspects in algae rearing and mariculture

Chairmans: Noam Mozes, Ami Ben Amotz

15:45-15:55 Establishing Algae production in the Desert, with a future perspective

Hagai Stadler, Alga-technologies

15:55-16:05 Recirculating Aquaculture Systems – the future of fish farming in large commercial operations

Yoav Dagan, Aqua-Maof

16:05-16:15 Remarks on conservation vs. development in the Gulf of Eilat

Maya Yakobs, Zalol

16:15-16:25 Environmental aspects in development of environmental friendly mariculture park in Southern Arava

Noam Mozes, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

16:25-16:45 Innovation on alae companies:

Univerve – Raanan Hertzog

Bioalgae – Lior Kaupman

Nori-Blue – Belya Potash

TransAlgae – Doron Izenshtat

16:45-17:00 Economic aspects of producing fuel from micro and macro algae

Ruslana Rachel Palatnik, University of Haifa

Entrepreneur Investors’ Meeting

Chairmans: Yaron Himhi

17:00 – Opening greetings

17:00-17:10 Meir Yitzhak Halevi – Mayor of Eilat
17:10-17:20 Hannan Ginat – Mayor of Eilot Council
17:20-17:30 Eli Lankri – Deputy Mayor of Eilat
17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-18:15 The development of a biotechnology and mariculture park in Southern Eilat-EilotNoam Mozes,

Shaul Zaban, Dror Nachmias, Uri Harel

18:15-18:30 MBE foundation

Yaron Kimhi

18:30-18:45 Optional R&D infrastructure and facilities

Rafi Fridman

18:45-19:00 Mariculture – present and future challenges

Hanna Rosenfeld, National Center for Mariculture, IOLR

19:00-20:00

Expert panel answering questions from the audience on the requirements, possibilities and limitations of entrepreneurs in the development phase of the mariculture park Eilat-Eilot

Moderator: Yaron Gunda

Panel experts:

Ely Lankri, Noam Mozes. Hanna Rosenfeld, Amos Tandler, Sheldon Pink – Director of Industry area in Aqaba.

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