- 1. Short introductory in Israeli economic features:
Today, Israel is manufacturing high-tech products in the world it belongs to the forefront. This is due to the Middle Eastern country government has recognized in time the science sector growth opportunity, therefore, the creation of start-up companies supported by government funds.Regarding the Israeli economy today - where there is a multitude of startups - it can be stated that the country has recognized the potential of the scientific sector on time. Thanks to the clever policy, the necessary pillars for the growth of the sector have been created. Following these basic conditions, Israeli creativity has gained a green light and the country has now become the Middle East center of innovation. Research and development capital proved to be advantageous, as Israel has come from the design of defense systems until the development of state-of-the-art technology. A common point for the development of Israeli innovative technologies is that each company is driven by necessity. Jewish culture, whose creativity is well-known, has recognized that he has to think globally. Because of the small country his neighbors were attacked at the time of his birth, Israel could not produce on the markets around him. It was precisely because of the necessity of being forced. In addition to developing technological innovations that he needed for himself, he began to think globally about where and what products might be needed. So they got into the Latin American, Asian and African markets (Balogh, 2016).
- COSMENERG-4i - Project
The COSMENERG-4i partnership is committed to foster international networking and collaboration and to actively engage in globally competitive value chain development in the emerging industries of eco-, bio-energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies to enhance the technological transfer from environmentally destructive business processes to a green economy at European level and beyond, with a view to support growth, jobs and investment in Europe. The overall objective of COSMENERG-4i partnership is to establish a joint internationalisation service package (CE-ME-ASEAN), including the use of an online networking platform for cluster members (SMEs) that is continuously provided to members with businesses viable for internationalisation through the collaboration network of the partnership in the target markets (ASEAN and the Middle East countries). The service will be available to all partnership cluster members and other European SMEs operating in the emerging industries of eco-, bio-energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies through e-registration.
Towards a European Strategic Cluster Partnership - Going International (ESCP-4i), the COSMENERG-4i partnership serves the following specific objectives:
- Creating a basis for joint internationalisation and promotional activities through a common identity: joint communication/ marketing and branding strategy (CE-ME-ASEAN) building on the jointly developed intelligence available (SME members need analyses, value chain and market analyses, joint consortium strategy, market trends and opportunities by the European Cluster Observatory).
- Reinforcing cluster collaboration in order to support the internationalisation of cluster members (SMEs) in the target (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies markets: Southeast Asia - ASEAN region (Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia) and the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates) through integrating internationalisation potentials at COSMENERG-4i partnership level and substantiating them with appropriate funding (cluster resources, national and EU funding).
- Building on the already existing relations in the target markets, establising long-term strategic collaboration partnerships and agreements for promoting cluster members' joint, cross-border, innovation and global value chain development activities, trade and investment opportunities.
- Providing SMEs of the (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies (emerging industry) with concrete opportunities for internationalisation (through training, networking events, joint business initiatives, B2B meetings, business matchmaking events, joint technology and investment forums) and integrating them into globally competitive value chains.
- Fostering and generating joint research and innovation and/or business projects with selected partners from the target marketsin order to provide COSMENERG-4i partnership members (SMEs) with sustainable, innovative internationalisation cluster services through common business platform, newsletters, representation at regular business events in the target
- 3.COSMENERG-4i – FACT-FINDING MISSION TO ISRAEL
The representatives of the project who visited Israel were:
1. Csaba Nagy - ArchEnerg - vice president of Romanian relations
2. Ramon Vivanco Mugarra - international project coordinator
3. Boglárka Vajda - Green Energy - Project Manager
4. Ewa Domke - BEEC - International Cooperation Office - Director
5. Joanna Luzak - BEEC - EU Project Coordinator
6. Mirjana Kranjac - Ecopanonia – Cluster Assistant manager
In the June 22 to June 30, 2018 period, representatives of the Consortium visited Israel to meet and collaborate with Israeli partners. During our stay, we met with several institute leaders and the negotiations were successful. Our meeting partners were open, they were very interested in any possible cooperation and professionally were very prepared. They were familiar with the characteristics of the European energy market and in many cases already existed a certain level of cooperation with European companies and institutions.
- ARAVA Institute for Environmental Studies
Our first negotiating partners were from the ARAVA Institute for Environmental Studies : David Lehrer Executive Director and Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed Academic Director. One of our dearest, most talented, friendly, most interesting companion partners was Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed. Tareq presented a detailed description of the Institute's activities, research and results.
The Arava Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura. Kibbutz Ketura is a desert kibbutz approximately 30 minutes north of Eilat in the Arava Rift Valley. Established in August 2008 and directed by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) is rapidly progressing to become Israel’s “Silicon Valley” in research, development, and technology of renewable energy. Leveraging the Arava Valley’s specific climatic conditions and the highest solar radiation levels, CREEC pioneers conduct research in a wide variety of subjects focusing on energy policy, solar fuels, photovoltaic technologies, biomass, wind and solar thermal energy, as well as innovative building construction techniques customized to conserve energy in desert climates. The Center’s research supports regional initiatives to test and launch small-scale renewable energy projects including self-cleaning solar panels, biodigester technology, solar-powered desalination, and more.
During our stay, we visited the various energy producing and storing equipment and the results of their work. The Israeli energy sector holds its largest conference in December, where all the major players in this field are present. The Institute's leaders invited me to the event. Needless to say, the Institute's activities are very versatile and their results are remarkable. Tareq is a very open and friendly person, helpful and a reliable partner who can surely cooperate very well. At the same time, we have found many common topics that open the way for future cooperation.
- Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
The Eilat-Eilot initiative is promoting the use and development of renewable energy as a regional development catalyst. The Eilat-Eilot Initiative is a public benefit company, owned by the kibbutzim of the Arava, JNF, and local industrial, developmental, and academic entities in Israel. It was established due to a shared concern regarding local sustainable development, as a response to global warming and identifying the need to use local resources such as abundant sunlight, wide open spaces and the entrepreneurial spirit among the local population. Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy company strives to make the southern Arava region an international center for research and development of renewable energy technologies. Eilat Eilot region has become a byword in the development of renewable energy, both at the national and international level. The Israeli government and government departments recognize the organization as a catalyst for change, without direct business entities. The company is a platform for initiating projects, and works to make the Arava into “The Sun Valley for clean energy.“ Our contact partner, Ms. Dorit Davidovich Banet, Eilat-Eilot CEO, presented in detail the institute and the main areas of interest andachievements . The discussions were pleasant, and there was a lot of interest on both sides, which would open up opportunities for future co-operation.
- CleanTech Israel 2018
CleanTech 2018 is the 22nd annual international event for Clean Technologies: environmental quality, infrastructures and green building, renewable energy and water technologies. The exhibition occurred in place at Convention center, Israel. CleanTech Exhibition has gained the status of a high quality international business platform, where companies, researchers and professionals display their newest developments. During the event wee was networking and business meeting with the Israeli companies. We all had several good contacts and discussions. I had discussions with: A.A. NEIGER LTD, HOMEBIOGAS, AVANT. ECOKNOWLEDGE, EMCO GROUP, MULTIVAC,A.AVIRAM RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES.
- ISERD - The Israeli R&D Directorate for the European Research Area (ERA) -
Israel Innovation Authority
ISERD – The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate is an inter-ministerial directorate, established by the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ISERD is operated through the Israel Innovation Authority, and is Israel's official contact point (NCP) with the EU, for all the activities of the FP.
ISERD Promotes the participation of Israeli entities in R&D ventures within the European Research Area. At ISERD - The Israeli R&D Directorate for the European Research Area (ERA) our discussion partner was Nili Shalev Managing Director.
- Israeli Smart Energy Association
From the Israeli Smart Energy Association, Elad Shaviv CEO also the chief scientist of the Ministry of the Economy who had received us.The goal of the ISEA is to position Israel as one of the leading countries in the Smart Energy domain; both in terms of developing local innovative industry, as well as local adoption and deployment of Smart Energy solutions. The association has two, tightly linked, goals:
1.To accelerate the adoption of Smart Energy solutions in Israel
2.To support the growth of local innovative Smart Energy industry
The ISEA leverages its global and local stakeholders to build knowledge and generate business opportunities for its members at the fast growing Smart Energy space.
- Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority
At Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority we met Oded Distel CEO also Director Israel NewTech&Eco Sistems The Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority is an integrative body in the Israeli Government dealing with the promotion of foreign investment and management of offset in Israel. The Authority serves as a one stop shop to serve you, the investor, on behalf of the Israeli government. We decided to make on agreement for cooperation.
- EGM The Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority
From EGM The Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority is an integrative body in the Israeli Government dealing with the promotion of foreign investment and management. Amir Cohen CEO hosted us by the institution. The Authority serves as a one stop shop to serve you, the investor, on behalf of the Israeli government. In our meeting we agreed that we would conclude a cooperation agreement.
Summing up the results of our Israeli journey, we can say the following: Our trip was successful. Our partners were open to cooperation. Their professional skills were high. All of them were positive about our co-operation proposal and assisted in identifying other important people. Of course, there are co-operation with some countries in the European Union and these have led to positive experiences. We are preparing cooperation agreements with each of the institutions we visit and we are all eagerly awaiting the following steps.