Sustainable Systems Cluster

Sustainable Systems Cluster

Agriculturein Israel is a highly developed industry.  Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies, despite the fact that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture.  Israel is among the world’s leaders in allocation of financial resources to research and development to the agriculture industry and some $90 million are invested annually in R&D, representing 3% of the agricultural GNP.As a result of intense R&D and successful technological applications, Israeli agriculture has become a model for efficient use of water, land and human labor, accompanied by record yields of high-quality products. This drive to increase yields and crop quality has led to the development of new seed and plant varieties, as well as to innovations such as new high-yielding, high-quality pathogen-resistant vegetables, advanced methods of climate control in protected growing systems, application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to a range of vegetable crops, and application of post-harvest methods, means and treatment for lengthening shelf life and preventing crop rotting.  Evogene and Hovev are just two examples of major industry players.List of companies: http://www.science.co.il/Agriculture-Companies.asp  http://www.science.co.il/Agriculture-Companies.asp?s=agrotech http://www.science.co.il/Agriculture-Companies.asp?s=agro  http://www.matimop.org.il/CompanyList.aspx

Energy: Israel has been taking the lead in a number of alternative energy fields aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and promoting the use of renewable energy. It is one of the first countries to actively promote zero-emission electric cars and prepare the infrastructure for mass marketing such vehicles, a concept pioneered by Israeli company Better Place.  Another Israeli company is currently active in developing and designing efficient solar power plants around the world; Israeli municipalities are contributing to international projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and in late 2007 Israel and the United States initiated a joint research alternative energy program that was signed into law.  Joint research ventures include solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, wave and tidal energy, as well as advanced battery technology and energy efficiency.

In Israel, there are over 100 companies providing solutions in the renewable energy field.  Israel had notable expertise in solar technology, in the utilization and management of water resources, geothermal technologies, energy management and conservation and desertification.  Examples include Solel Solar Systems Ltd., which was acquired by Siemens in late 2009 for around $418 million. Solel and Pacific Gas and Electric together acquired a $2 billion contract in July 2007 to build the world’s largest solar energy park in California by 2011 that will provide enough electricity for 400,000 homes and stretch over 6,000 acres.  Ormat is another global leader, doing pioneering work in the area of geothermal energy. Despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties between Indonesia and Israel, Indonesia’s state electric company awarded Ormat a tender to construct a new 340-megawatt geothermal power project on the island of Sumatra. It will be the largest such facility in history.  The scope of total export of energy technologies from Israel – not including Ormat – stands on tens of millions of dollars.

List of companies: http://www.matimop.org.il/CompanyList.aspx http://www.moital.gov.il/CmsTamat/Rsrc/ICA/Industrial_cooperation_in_israel2011-2012/Category.html#Energy

WaterSince its founding, Israel has been coping with water scarcity and has been treating the subject as a national priority, constantly developing novel and efficient water technologies.  With 60 years of experience, Israel is considered a world expert in the fields of desalination, water treatment and reclamation, water safety and security, and agricultural water consumption via drip irrigation, an Israeli innovation.  Some of Israel’s major achievements in the water industry include having the most advanced national water management system, being the world’s number one water recycler (75% water recycling rate), inventing drip irrigation (created 70-80% water efficiency in agriculture, the highest in the world), being home to the world’s largest Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant (the most cost-efficient in the world), and maintaining the same level of water consumption since the 1960s, despite a growing population, rising water requirements and increasing agricultural production.  Recognizing Israel’s potential to be a leader in the growing international water technologies market, the government designed a unique national program, made official in June 2006, and has heavily invested in the program and allocated substantial resources towards strengthening the foundation of the water tech cluster and the promotion of its capabilities worldwide.

List of companies: http://brm.dainfo.com/tamat_cleantech_index/template1/pages/companysearchpage.aspx http://www.moital.gov.il/CmsTamat/Rsrc/ICA/Industrial_cooperation_in_israel2011-2012/Category.html#Water-Technologies

Agribusiness: South Carolina’s agriculture and forest industry represent an economic value of $33.9 billion, and together have the greatest impact on South Carolina’s economy.  Agribusiness reaches every corner of the state and extends far beyond the boundaries of the farm and forest.

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell: The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance is a public-private collaboration for cooperative and coordinated utilization of resources in the state used to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The ALLIANCE is a non-profit partnership of government, business, academia and citizens working together to grow economies of local communities, the state and the nation, to enable energy security and to limit our environmental footprint with the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that are cost-effective, convenient and produced with local resources.

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Nuclear: The Carolinas’ Nuclear Cluster collaboratively strengthens workforce, services, products, and policies to capture and extend our global leadership in nuclear energy capabilities.

The Carolina’s are a hub of nuclear expertise, supplying more than 11% of the nation’s nuclear power production, and we can build on that tradition. As the need for electricity increases, our solid energy expertise can provide the Carolinas with environmentally-friendly, safe and plentiful power. In fact, talented Carolinians can help develop energy infrastructure around the globe.

New Carolina has created a consortium of industry, higher education and nonprofit organizations working in unison to support our energy and economic development – The Carolinas Nuclear Cluster.

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