Innovative Israeli renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to come to South Africa in MarchFebruary 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
Tags: demand side management, energy efficiency solutions, energy efficient lighting, Power and Electricity World Africa, solar water heater, Solar Water Heaters
South Africa continues to face a variety of challenges in terms of energy sustainability. Israel is a world leader in renewable energy and demand side management solutions. Israel has a 95% penetration with regards to solar water heaters.
The Embassy of Israel is proud to announce that we will be hosting 2 pavilions at Power & Electricity World Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 and 28 March 2012. The Renewable energy pavilions will be located on the renewable energy floor and the energy efficiency pavilion will be located on the power generation floor. The renewable energy pavilion will contain vendors in the solar technology field, consultants in wind and solar water heater manufacturers. The energy efficiency pavilion on the power generation floor will host a variety of energy efficiency solutions ranging from smart metering to energy efficient lighting solutions and other power saving solutions.
For more information or to schedule meetings please contact:
+27 11 783 9605
See where the wind is heading – Israeli start-up SmartWind brings new technology to make wind energy effective in variable conditions.October 18, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Israel, Renewable energy | Leave a comment
Tags: environment, Renewable energy, Wind Technologies
Wind energy has been a buzzword in sustainable energy circles for decades. Even though a lot of progress has been made, wind energy faces a number of obstacles: wind turbines create significant noise, they are not ideal for the urban environment, they generate vibration, and most significantly, wind power can be highly variable by virtue of its source, presenting a substantial challenge to incorporating large amounts of wind power into a grid system. Nowhere is this last concern more relevant than in Israel, where a day’s significant winds can be followed by weeks of no movement. To solve this problem, one Israeli company has developed a unique form of wind turbine which not only reduces vibration and noise production, but works effectively and efficiently in areas (around the world) which are plagued by inconsistent wind patterns.
SmartWind, established in 2009 by Andrey Kotler, has developed the innovative “Vertical Axis Wind Turbine”. The technology, which introduces a form of “Active Flow Control” to the traditional wind power process, adapts turbines for operation in weak and irregular wind flow conditions, while guaranteeing high performance. In addition to significantly reduced noise and vibration, the company’s rotor technology provides the means to enhance overall turbine efficiency within a wider range of low wind velocity areas, compensating for the intermittency of wind in such locations. These advantages are particularly important for urban environments, where the aforementioned challenges of wind power have left many a project stuck at inception.
The continued development of technology such as SmartWind‘s is essential to the proliferation of wind energy the world over. As innovative and flexible wind technology becomes increasingly available, utilities, and even individuals, throughout the globe will be more willing to give this form of sustainable energy a real shot.
Tags: energy saving, Oil refining in South Africa, PetroSA, Sasol, Water Solutions
A group of 5 Israel water solutions companies visited South Africa last week and considered cooperation with the largest players in the oil refining industry in the country.
The Oil Refining industry in South Africa is going through upgrading and expansion process. The Oil refining companies are required to deal with an expected water shortage, tougher regulation and hiking electricity prices. Most of the oil refining companies will enter into a period of large capex investments, renovation of existing water treatment plants and the building of new ones.
The Sasol refinery in Secunda will be expanded and renovated. An upgrade of the water desalination plant will happen in the coming year. PetroSA is expected, despite of many delays, to launch the construction of a large scale refinery in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is expected that the main water source for the refinery would be from a water desalination plant. Discussions are undergoing if the proposed plant will provide also water to the municipality.
Sasol and PetroSA will also lead the process with large investments. PetroSA will invest R 11 Billion in the new refinery and Sasol is expected to invest R 2-3 Billion in water related projects.
the 5 Israeli companies included IDE Technologies, Mapal Green Energy, Clean Technology Group, Cooling Quality Management, Eltav.
IDE is the world’s leader in water desalination company sets the standards in both RO and thermal desalination. IDE will be a significant player in the tenders that municipalities such as Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Durban are expected to issue in the coming future.
Mapal fine bubble floating aeration system designed to replace mechanical surface aerators. the solution can reduce opex by up to 70% due to energy savings and low maintenance cost.
CQM develops environmentally-friendly solutions that keep heat exchanger and cooling towers clean and continuously efficient. the usrs of these technology will don’t have to shut down their plant and manually clean the tubes any more.
Clean Technology Group is a unique system integrator that focuses o the integration of niche and unique technologies that will not be usually offered to clients by their competitors.CTG has established a subsidiary in South Africa in addition to 7 subsidiaries globally.
Eltav’s offering is based on standardized wireless solutions (IEEE 802.15.4) for monitoring of valves and actuators in the process industry. If your company is about to install a system based on large investment in cabling, you better think again. Eltav’s wireless solution will reduce your costs significantly.
Tags: feed-in-tariff, Israel, NERSA, REFIT, Renewable energy, South Africa
The process of promoting generation of renewable energy in South Africa takes a long time. This is not a surprise, that was the case with many countries, as well as Israel. Recently, It was published that the regulator is considering to abandon the Feed-in-Tariff process which puts the tariffs in advance and is reviewing the possibility to go for a bidding process where the winner would be the bidder that will offer the lowest price.
I think that the South African misses two important points. It will leave the game for the biggest players only and will lose an opportunity to create jobs around the evolving renewable energy market, or at least, will create much less jobs. Second, the bidding process has proved itself an efficient and at least in Israel failed to meet time targets and is to be abandoned.
Israel dealt with a similar debate, whether to adopt the Feed-in-Tariff method or the bidding method to promote the generation of renewable energy into the grid. While the electricity Authority (the equivalent body in Israel for NERSA) supported the REFIT process and the Ministry of National Infrastructures (the equivalent to the Department of Energy) and the Ministry of Finance preferred the Bidding process. Israel decided to publish REFIT in 2008, while issuing few tenders in the bidding process.
While the bidding based projects are not making big progress the REFIT based projects generate 100 MW of small systems today, an approved accumulated capacity of 150 MW that will be implemented soon. Quota of 300 MW for medium size plants was published, projects with the accumulated capacity of 200MW where given licenses and other are awaiting approval – out of 1.3 GW of proposals.
Tenders in the bidding process published in 2008 and no one was awarded the contract yet. There is only one participant in each one of in two tenders for CSP plants (100MW each). There is also a tender for a PV plant (30MW) but bidders didn’t submit their final proposals yet.
- Promotion of entrepreneurship and job creation: The Bidding process limits the game to few big players and excludes the small ones. The REFIT process allows to small and medium companies to participate. Israel developed an entire new renewable energy industry with close to a 100 active companies.
- Efficiency: In bidding process the government becomes very involved and often intervenes in engineering and technological issues that is not capable to deal with. That’s creates delays and complications in the process.
- Meeting the targets: Publishing tenders takes a lot of time, often much more than expected. That can result in not meeting the schedule targets. There is also a fear that companies that will lose the tenders will appeal to court and create more delays.
- Simple rules of the game: the REFIT process puts together very simple rules that make it more transparent and easy to deal with.
- The disadvantage of the REFIT process is that prices set at the beginning of the process do not reflect reduction in costs for the developers in the future. The solution is to publish quotas and a gradually decreasing REFIT.
All countries in Europe have decided to adopt the REFIT method. Israel found it as the most efficient way to promote renewable energy. I hope that South Africa will take the same way.
Dr. Ilan Suliman, former Vice chairman of the Israeli Electricity Authority has helped in putting these points together.
Never Too Late to Tell a Good Story:Israeli Energy Companies dominated Energy Conference in Johannesburg in MarchMay 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Africa, concentrated solar power, Energy, Environmental Technologies, export, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
Tags: Israel, NERSA, Renewable energy, Sharon Kedmi, South Africa
My apology for the delay. It just has been a hectic period. too much work and too much public holidays – dangerous combination.
Just a week before a visit of 10 Israeli energy companies, the South African energy regulator, NERSA, decided to publish a consultation paper that aims at the slashing of the feed-in-tariffs by 20% to 40%. That was a blow to the efforts that we made and lots of companies did – not only from Israel. It seems to me that South Africa does the same mistakes Israel did, just few years ago (Israel is ahead than South Africa and has published the tenders for renewable energy generation).
The main two mistakes of the South African government are that they do not understand the importance of an aggressive promotion of the renewable energy projects in their first steps. Another problem is that different South African government entities do not speak in one voice. Israel did the same 2 mistakes at the beginning. But – as we gave it the necessary resources and government entities coordinated their efforts, the projects started running.
The Director General of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour of Israel, Mr. Sharon Kedmi, headed the delegation and spoke at the Cleantech day of Power & electricity World Africa said to his South African and African fellows: : you can make your own mistakes, but do not repeat ours – there is no point doing that!”.
The Israeli delegation included 10 companies in the areas of concentrated PV, PV panels, PV generators, solar water heating and more.
Tags: electric car, fossil fuel substitutes, Renewable energy
The National council for Economic Affairs of Israel, headed by Proph. Eugene Kandel has put together a programme to promote the search for substitutes of fossil fuel for transportation usage. The Programme includes the establishment of venture capital funds in collaboration with the private sector.
An annual budget of NIS 180 Million will be added to the Ministries of Industry and Trade, Ministry of National Infrastructures and Ministry of Science.
The Israeli company Better Place of Mr Shai Agasi is a world leader in the development of an electric car and more than that, the creation of a national infrastructure to support electric cars with charging points. The company works closely with the Israeli government to put together a policy that will promote the use of electric cars in the Israeli market. Israel is expected to be the first country to establish such an infrastructure on a large national scale.
Tags: Agrotech, Cleantech, innovation, invest in Israel, Israel, Life sciences, Technology
International investors and innovation aficionados are invited to rejoice with the launching of a new publication celebrating Israel’s innovative success including a compilation of some of Israel’s most revolutionary technological breakthroughs across several industries, including in Cleantech, Agrotech, Life Sciences, IT, Communications, and Homeland Security.
The new brochure, “Israel – Global Center for Breakthrough Innovation,” produced by Israel’s Investment Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour, bolsters Israel’s position as an innovative powerhouse and a preferred target for foreign direct investment. Israel’s innovative professionals are a central focus of the brochure, which emphasizes the country’s human capital as the vital component that binds together all the key elements of its success.
The new brochure can be viewed on the Invest in Israel web site – Click here
Tags: alternative energy, feed-in-tariff, Israel, Renewable energy, renewable energy technologies, Solar Water Heaters, solar Water Heating (SWH), South Africa, Southern Africa, the Trade Office of the Embassy of Israel
Due to its lack of oil reserves, Israel is completely dependent on expensive oil imports. In light of the country’s rapid economic and population growth, it has become challenging to supply its own peak electricity demands. These challenges are inspiring Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs to work on cutting-edge renewable energy technologies. It has led the government to introduce feed-in-tariffs, for large-scale solar power plants and for PV systems up to 50 kWp. That is in addition to the very successful use of solar water heaters by 95% of the households in the country. Full article.