Published On: Mon, Oct 6th, 2014

New Grid Tech Hub to Open in Israel’s Arava Desert

Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

A new hub for the development of grid technologies is coming to the south of Israel in the Arava area north of its Red Sea resort town Eilat.

The Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative, the leading body in the field of renewable energy development in Israel, announced that it will launch the Eilat Eilot Off Grid Hub, a new technology hub focusing on developing and demonstrating off grid technologies, during the upcoming Eilot-Eilot Green Energy Conference, to be held in December.

The Initiative was established with the mission to develop the field of sustainable energy in Israel, while simultaneously leveraging the southern Arava and Eilat regions to create jobs, establish research facilities, produce clean energy and develop training and academic programs.

The EE Off Grid Hub will focus on supporting the development of products and technologies that will provide energy, water and agriculture needs to populations in developing and emerging countries that are not connected to national water and energy grids.

It will provide startups and established companies in the energy, water and agricultural sectors with field testing facilities and a demonstration ecosystem to install, validate and showcase their off grid products and solutions. Examples of off grid products and technologies that the EE Off Grid Hub will be aiming to develop include energy storage, horticulture, biogas, consumption monitoring, building concepts and more.

“The demand for off grid solutions is growing, especially in developing and emerging countries where electricity grids, water systems, sanitization facilities and other traditional infrastructure do not exist, ” explained Tomer Weinstein, Director of the EE Off Grid Hub. “By facilitating the development of off grid technologies, we can improve the daily lives of millions of people living in rural as well as urban and peri-urban areas in developing and emerging countries.”

The long term goals of the EE Off Grid Hub include providing participating companies market entry support and assistance with fund raising activities through local partners in target markets.

The EE Off Grid Hub will be located on Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel and will be jointly managed by the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative and the Arava Institute.

At the Eilat-Eilot Green Energy Conference, on December 8, there will be an onsite tour of the EE Off Grid Hub at 7:30am and conference session on Off Grid solutions at 4pm.

The Eilat-Eilot Green Energy Conference will take place at the Herod’s and Dan Hotels in Eilat on December 7-9.

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