In early December this year, we held the 8th Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference at the Dan Hotel, Eilat. The conference, which is held once every two years, brings together all the relevant bodies to promote the Israeli cleantech industry.
This year, more than 500 decision makers from all sectors – government officials, private sector CEOs, startups, investors and financiers, as well as academics – attended the event. Amongst our international guest were, senior vice president of Lockheed Martin Energy, Southern Company head of R&D (second largest utility company in USA), and a senior executive in the Water and Electricity Department of the City of Los Angeles.
This year’s conference program had a special track for impact investments in developing countries with many business opportunities for Israelis in Africa in the energy-food-water nexus. Accordingly, we have joined as our strategic partner, Power Africa a U.S. government-led partnership aimed to connect 60 million Africans to electricity. The cooperation was very successful, and during the conference a roundtable event was held in which senior officials of the organization presented to Israeli entrepreneurs a variety of opportunities and possible courses of action.
The first day of the conference was closed with a Gala evening, in which we awarded the Brian Medwood Award for individuals and organizations who contributed greatly to the development of clean energy in Israel in general and in the Arava in particular. This year we acknowledged: Mr. Russel Robinson JNF CEO, Adv. Orit Marom from Shibolet & Co., and the founding members of SolarEdge – Guy Sela, Lior Handelsman, Yoav Galin, Meir Edest and Amir Fishelov.
The program had significant emphasis on innovation. An exhibition with about 15 booths cleantech innovative companies, while among the speakers over 30 Startups from Israel and abroad presented their work.
Due to previous success, we have continued with the excellent ENERGYVEST competition in cooperation with the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Israel Export Institute, showcasing ten promising start-ups presenting their work to a potential investor audience and to a professional panel of judges. The prize for the winners is a ticket to the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest competition for clean energy startups. The winners this year were RayCatch, which developed a system that collects environmental data in solar panels using sensors scattered across the field. The information that emerges from these sensors is analyzed by artificial intelligence, from which it produces insights for the purpose of optimizing the functioning of the solar panels. The system can detect faults in real time and thus enable field operators to correct them quickly and prevent loss of money and energy. We are especially proud that the founder of RayCatch is a member of Kibbutz Ketura.
On the EnergyVest stage, ORL CEO Yashar Ben-Mordechai announced that ORL will also join the Green Wave and develop a research and development center for innovation in clean energy and storage technologies.
We would like to thank all the sponsors, all the speakers and exhibitors, all the partners, all the helpers, Ortra the production company and all our supporters in and outside the conference for the great work that was devoted to creating such a successful and productive event.
See you at the 9th Eilat-Eilot Conference in 2020!
For more pictures, full program and other information regarding the conference please visit – Eilat-Eilot official conference website