Israel turning to alternative energies

During a speech at the recent 2009 Israel Presidents Conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu remarked that Israel is embarking on programs to enable it to be almost entirely reliant on alternative energy systems by the year 2020. This plan, which many people see as more of a visionary dream (because Israel won’t even be able to curb its greenhouse gases by 2030), may be much closer to becoming reality following the upcoming Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference, scheduled to take place in Israel’s southernmost city on February 16-18, 2010.

In fact, the very theme of the upcoming conference, sponsored by the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Authority, may make it one of the most important of its kind as it will also include the inauguration of a special 200 MW Timna Renewable Energy Park, a center for the development of renewable energy projects.

The Authority is planning to unveil a model for solving the world’s energy shortages that it hopes will be adopted by governments worldwide. Noam Ilan head of business development for the Eilat region, was quoted as saying that “Israel has become known throughout the world as a clean energy powerhouse and the country’s technological and governmental accomplishments in this industry will be on full display at the upcoming event.”

The model that Ilan and other members of the Renewable Energy Authority are working on will be composed of a number of factors, including raising renewable awareness and education, combined with research and development, commercialization of technology, energy conservation, and the production of energy from renewable resources.

The above mentioned Timna Renewable Park, when completed will include two 50 MW solar thermal terminals, a hybrid solar thermal project, a desalination plant, and a solar turbine power plant the will produce energy from municipal waste. Producing energy from sewage is already being worked on as a pilot by an Israeli company, Applied Clean Tech, in partnership with an American bio tech company, Qteros. The Center at Timna will receive half of its financing from the Israeli government, amounting to around $14 million.

With the idea of attracting investors and entrepreneurs in the projects that will be on display during the conference, the meet will provide new Israeli energy technology companies with a platform to present their innovations to the delegates who will be attending. The Eilat Eilot Regional Energy Authority, the conference hosts, hope to be able to produce 100% of their regions energy from renewable sources within the next ten years.


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