Innovative Israeli renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to come to South Africa in March

February 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
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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.

Catalogue of Israeli Energy Solutions 2012

Schedule a meeting with a solar water heater manufacturer

Schedule a meeting with a solar or wind energy solution company

Schedule a meeting with an energy efficiency lighting company

Schedule a meeting with  an energy efficiency or transmission company 

For more information or to schedule meetings please contact:

Michael Shapiro

+27 11 783 9605

michael.shapiro@israeltrade.gov.il

The Embassy of Israel to South Africa invites you to an Israel fieldcrop seminar in Bloemfontein

February 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Africa, Agriculture, Food, Irrigation, Israel, South Africa | Leave a comment
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The Embassy of Israel to South Africa cordially invites you to:

ISRAEL FIELDCROP SEMINAR

PARADYS EXPERIMENTAL FARM, BLOEMFONTEIN

 WEDNESDAY 29TH FEBRUARY 2, 2012

 

The highlights of Israeli Agriculture include:

  • Application methods for growing crops in regions with unsuitable soil
  • Application of post-harvest methods, means and treatment for lengthening shelf life and preventing crop rotting
  • Greenhouse systems, including specialized plastic films and heating, ventilation and structure systems, enabled farmers to grow more than three million roses per hectare per season and an average of 300 tons of tomatoes per hectare per season, four times the yields of open fields.
  • Innovative technologies and accessories such as drip irrigation, automatic valves and controllers, automatic filtration, low discharge sprayers, use of low saline content water, mini- sprinklers, compensated drippers and sprinklers.

Presentations by:

IssacIssac, Agricultural Attaché, Embassy of Israel to South Africa

                Israeli’s Support of Emerging Farmers in South Africa

Gaby Levanon, Regional Manager, Netafim

                Subsurface  dripIrrigation

Or Pearl, Trade Attache, Embassy of Israel to South Africa

                                Israeli agricultural innovations

To register your attendance, you may contact Kgomoco Letlhoo (Ms.), Embassy of Israel at 011 783 9605 and israeltrade.johannesburg@gmail.com or click this link Rsvp

Israeli Pavilion highly successful at Africa Com

November 24, 2011 at 10:15 am | Posted in Africa, ICT, Israel, South Africa, Telecom | Leave a comment
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The Annual AfricaCom conference which took place in Cape Town is the leading African trade show for professionals involved in the Telecommunications industry.

This year’s tradeshow took place from the 9th to the 10th of November 2011 and showcased numerous Network and Infrastructure as well as VAS and Applications solutions.

 The Israeli Pavilion was quite active with the presence with 7 companies.

Dozens of Southern African companies met with Israel companies of interest. The southern African companies included Mobile and fixed operators as well as a number of substantial system integrators in the Telecom industry and they were highly impressed with the level of innovation that could be found at the Israeli Pavilion.

Preparations for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which occurs towards the end of February 2012 and also Africa Com 2012 are already under way.

To make your time more valuable at any of those events, we would like to preschedule meeting for you at the Israeli pavilions at those events.

For more interesting info please contact:

Ido Yaffet,

Fixed line – 011 783 9605

Email – ido.yaffet@israeltrade.gov.il

Israel presents telecommunication innovation at AfricaCom 2011 in Cape Town

October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Africa, ICT, South Africa, Telecom, Telecommunication | Leave a comment
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 Driven by innovation, creativity and a long history of success, the Israeli Telecommunications industry had become a global leader.

The Embassy of Israel to South Africa has taken it upon itself the mission to promote new innovative and high potential telecommunications vendors (VAS, Content & Content enablers, Network equipment, Network and bandwidth management and more) and hosts under its umbrella 7 leading Israeli companies at AfricaCom this year.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider future cooperation between South African companies and the Israeli Telecom industry

To coordinate meetings at the Israeli Pavilion please contact Ido Yaffet from the Israeli Trade and Economic Office in South Africa.

Tel: +27 11 783 9605
E-mail: Ido.Yaffet@israeltrade.gov.il

Audiocodes – Solutions for service providers include Voip CPE Media Gateways, Multi-Service Access Gateways, Residential gateways, IP Phones, High Availability Media Gateways, Media servers, Session border Controller, Security gateways and Value Added Applications that can fit into CPE and Core VoIP applications. Website – www.audiocodes.com

Comverse – Comverse’s comprehensive product portfolio innovatively addresses three primary domains:
Value Added Services, Billing & Active Customer Management and Mobile Internet. Website- www.comverse.com

Toplinks Global –  System Integrator who provides high-end tailored, innovative telecommunication solutions from initial project and business requirement consulting, through to implementation, integration and ongoing support. We propose optimized system solutions to meet the required operations functional needs, technical specifications and performance at a competitive price. Website – www.toplinksglobal.com

Solar Power – SOLARPOWER is an EPC company that is active in the promotion, planning and implementation of alternative energy systems. SOLARPOWER specializes in photo-voltaic solar systems for the production of clean electricity and that reduce dependence on infrastructure. Website – www.solarpower.co.il

Fox Com – Since 1993, Foxcom a division of OnePath Networks has been recognized as a leading manufacturer of advanced RF over Fiber Solutions for the commercial, government and military markets Website – http://www.foxcom.com/.

Mer Group – a global system integrator since 1982, delivers complete turn-key solutions for Wireless Networks; Security and Surveillance; Broadband Infrastructure; Customized Military Systems; Communication & Monitoring Mobile Systems; Environmental Monitoring and Renewable Energy Infrastructure. Website – http://www.mer-group.com/

Israel Presents Medical Devices Innovation in Medica 2011 in Germany

August 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Africa, Israel, Life sciences, Medical Devices, South Africa | Leave a comment
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Medical Devices from israelIsrael’s thriving Life Sciences industry is world renowned for its groundbreaking innovations, ingenuity and creativity.  Israel is home to over 900 Life Science companies, with 50-60 new companies being formed each year. Multinationals including J&J, Perrigo, GE Healthcare and Phillips Medical, together with local companies such as Teva, Given Imaging, Insightec, Medinol, Disc-o-tech, Brainstorm and others have been at the global forefront in the development and marketing of life-changing medical breakthroughs and valuable innovations.

Israel’s Life Science Firsts and Other Rankings:

  • 1st in the world for Medical Device patents per capita and 4th in Bio-Pharma (USPTO).
  • 1st in availability of Engineers and Scientists worldwide (IMD 2007).
  •  Pioneering Stem Cell research & therapeutics: 1st to demonstrate in-vitro differentiation of humanembryonic Stem Cells (hESC) and generation of human embryonic bodies.
  • 1st to genetically modify hESCs, including a line that represented a model for human disease (Lesch Nyhan disease).
  • 1st clinical trials of cell therapy treatments.
  • Israel is 2nd in Europe in the number per capita of private biotech companies with products in the pipeline.
  • Israel is 6th in the world in the number of scientific publications per capita.

In the coming Medica conference, the largest medical devices trade show in the world, which will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany during November 2011, Israel will showcase a diversity of solutions in areas such as:

Aesthetics and Dermatology, Cardio Vascular and Peripheral Vascular, Diagnostics, Disposables and Implantable, E.M.S, General Health, General Surgery, Infection Control and Infectious diseases, Industrial OEM, Intensive care, Laboratory equipment, Medical and hospital equipment, Monitoring, Neurology and Degenerative diseases, Rehabilitation, Respiratory and Pulmonary, Robotics, Telemedicine and Healthcare IT, Urology, Wound and Pain management.

The Israeli Embassy to South Africa would like to invite you to have pre-schedule meetings with the Israeli companies with solutions and devices of your company’s interests.

Please, Have a look at the attached catalogue and tell us who would you like to meet with. In order to pre-schedule meetings during Medica,  please, fill in your company details and contact details of the personnel who will show up for the meeting along with suggested time slots, each time slot (meeting) is 15-30 minutes.

Israel’s Medical Devices innovation

African Media Companies Welcomed at the Israeli Pavilion in IBC Amsterdam in September

August 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Africa, export, ICT, new media, software, South Africa, Telecommunication | Leave a comment
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We would like to introduce you the Israeli new Media sector. Israel has more than 700 new media companies whose offerings span the range of new media possibilities. These companies are active in broadcast, digital and cable TV, IPTV, OTT and satellite services, strong in content creation, delivery and management and have a potent presence in gaming.  Israeli companies are also dynamic players in internet applications and services,, online advertising, entertainment and video, search and social networking.

Israel's New-Media Companies

Israel's New-Media Companies

At IBC Amsterdam we offer South African companies an opportunity to have pre-scheduled one on one meetings with Israeli companies of interest. This year, 28 Israeli companies will showcase their advanced technologies ranging from digital, IPTV and OTT  solutions,  satellite services, content distribution and discovery as well as digital rights management solutions to name but a few. The main players in the South African media industry have already granted their visit to the Israeli pavilion and secured meetings with the Israeli technology vendors. What about you? Attached is a profile of the technological offerings that will be on display at our pavilion at IBC.  Please, feel free to view the companies and share with us the companies that you would be interested in meeting.

Israel’s New-Media Innovation

Israel is a micro-cosmos of the global new-media industry. Our pavilion in IBC, is a micro-cosmos of the entire event. Our mission is to give you the added value for your business and make your trip to Amsterdam as efficient as possible by helping you meeting all of the companies of your interest in the same venue and in the shortest time.

Water Solutions from Israel to the Oil Refining Industry in South Africa

August 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Technologies, export, import, Israel, South Africa, Water | Leave a comment
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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.

South African Government Confuses Renewable Energy Developers and Investors

July 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in concentrated solar power, Energy, Environmental Technologies, Investment, Israel, Renewable energy, South Africa | 1 Comment
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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 March

May 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
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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.

Director General, Sharon Kedmi, Ambassador Dov Segev Steinberg and Trade Attache Or Pearl cut the ribon at the Israel Newtech Pavilion

Join Us for a 4 day Visit to Israel and Meet Fellow CIO’s in One of the Most Innovative Countries in the world! May 23-26, 2011

January 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Africa, ICT, Israel, software, South Africa, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A 4 day business visit to Israel to meet with Israeli CIO’s to share experiences and to learn about best IT practices in Israel a worldwide IT leader + meeting with Israeli software companies to learn about innovative Israeli technologies in the fields of IT security, enterprise software, cloud computing, storage and data centers, BI, IT infrastructure, application efficiency and more + meeting with Israeli VC’s and their company portfolio.

Please note on this international delegation you will also meet with CIO’s of major companies form around the world.

The visit will be organized per each CIO’s request and field of interest. Example meetings include: meeting with IT security executives from the Israeli government, meeting with CIO’s of Israeli banks, utility companies, mobile companies and Israeli IT companies. Full article.

CIO's visit from NY to Israel, June 2010 (from right to left): CIO of TASE, HP, CIO of Boeing, CIO of Haaretz Group, CIO of Henry Schein, CTO Bank Hapoalim, IT Executive of FIBI, Former CTO of Deutsche Bank Asset Management and Investment Banking

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