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COP15 may be behind us, but the discussion on what the next steps should be is going strong. Members of the Israeli media and Israeli cleantech experts are are no  exception and are still analyzing the conference and what Israel, both the government and its 200+ cleantech companies, should take from it in its ongoing efforts to move away from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Those steps should become more clear next month when the third annual Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition takes place in Eilat. According to Green Prophet, during the conference, the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Authority, which is sponsoring the event, will unveil,

“a model for solving the world’s energy shortages that it hopes will be adopted by governments worldwide… The model 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 conference, being held from February 16-18, will be keynoted by former governor George E. Pataki and New York Congressman Steve Israel. Other speakers will include Dr. Hermann Scheer of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), and German Parliamentarian; Israel Knesset members Dr. Uzi Landau of the Minister of National Infrastructures and Prof. Daniel Herskovitz of the Minister of Science and Technology, as well as Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Robert J. Aumann.

In December Eilat-Eilot was selected for inclusion in the European Commission’s ECO4B initiative, led by the Enterprise Europe Network. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this year’s conference.


During the week of January 3, 2010, Dot Hill bought storage company Cloverleaf for $12.5 million. China’s Sanhua invested in Israeli solar firm, HelioFocus and new vulnerabilities were discovered in Twitter and Google Calendar. For these stories and more, check below for this week’s 9 Israel-related headlines.

1. Are Energy Advances in Israel in Parallel With Those Abroad?

2. China’s Sanhua invests in Israeli solar firm

3. Dot Hill confirms storage virtualization acquisition

4. Clean tech gets big piece of venture-capital funding

Information Technology
5. 3D sensor co PrimeSense attracts Vegas attention

6. Vulnerabilities Discovered In Twitter, Google Calendar

7. Researcher: Computers in schools do not improve students’ results

8. One third of high-tech incubator companies succeeded

9. Animating the Na’vi with an Israeli swagger


During the week of December 27, 2009, Israel’s airport security method was looked upon as a better solution to the current system used at airports in the States. Viewfinity announced that it had raised $8.6 million in funding and 5min was selected Best Startup at the TechAviv Peer Awards. For these stories and more, see this week’s 8 headlines below.

1. Shimon Tal: Facts and Personal Opinions on Water from Israel’s Former Water Commissioner

2. Sunshine year for cleantech

3. Viewfinity raises $8.6 million in Series B round of funding

4. Can Public-Funded Entrepreneurship Work? A Q&A With the Author of Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Information Technology
5. 5min Wins Top Spot in TechAviv’s Peer Awards

6. Web content under the microscope

7. What Israel can teach us about security

8. Israel set to become major golf destination


During the week of December 20, 2009, O2 confirmed that it is buying Israel-based Internet phone company, Jajah. Facial recognition security company C-True announced that Brinks is its latest customer and oil was found in Israel. For these stories and more, check out this week’s headlines below.

1. Michigan Looks to Israel to Rev Up Automotive Battery Business

2. SunPower and SolarPower Ltd. Dedicate 50-Kilowatt Solar Power System for HP in Israel

Investments and Economy
3. O2: Yes, we’re acquiring Internet phone company Jajah

4. Israel May Beat Growth and Deficit Estimates, Steinitz Says

Information Technology
5. Israeli company to beta cost-reducing content delivery technology

6. C-TRUE Provide Face Recognition Security Solutions to Brinks

7. All Quiet in the Data Center

8. Israel’s fastest growing software companies of 2009

9. Web Host Datapipe Teams with Applicure for Website Security

10. 2009: Sarah Lacy and the Israeli Web Revisited

11. Tourism Ministry presents three-year plan

12. Amazon’s Kindle has copyright protection hacked

13. Oil well with potential found in Israel


During the week of December 13, 2009, Clarizen raised $8 million while virtual head generator Gizmoz merged with Daz 3D. Cloudshare came out of stealth and Morgan Stanley came out with a report that the mobile web will overtake the desktop in five years which is promising for Israeli companies in the mobile space. Check below for these stories and the rest of this week’s 9 headlines.

1. Israel plunges into water technology

2. Israeli Renewable Energy – Why Israel, Why Now?

Investment and M&A
3. My Virtual Head Would Look Great On Your Virtual Body! Gizmoz Merges With Daz 3D

4. Clarizen raises $8M in 3rd round

Information Technology
5. CloudShare Comes Out of Stealth Mode: A Talk with Kevin Epstein

6. Kenshoo Branches Out with New Local Search Management Platform

7. Vringo Ringtones Startup From Israel Vies With News Corp. Unit

8. Spymaster sees Israel as world cyberwar leader

9. Morgan Stanley: Mobile web to overtake desktop in five years


During the week of December 6, 2009, Israeli President Shimon Peres launched his own YouTube channel to encourage peaceful dialogue and announced that he will be going to the Copenhagen climate conference representing Israel. Information security company, Promisec thrived during the recession and Israel as a startup nation was looked at in a different light. For these stories and more, check below for this week’s 11 headlines.

1. Israeli Cleantech Heats Up

2. Peres to represent Israel at Copenhagen climate negotiations

3. BIRD to invest $4.2m. in six new projects

4. Playtech buys GTS

Information Technology
5. Harris: Pageonce shows you don’t need to be big to be global

6. Information security co Promisec shines in dark times: Internet threats can overwhelm regular antivirus solutions

7. How to sift through Twitter’s noise? MyTweetSense, FriendBinder give it a go

8. Cyber hacking could be a thing of the past

9. Peres gets viral, dives into social media with presidential YouTube channel

10. Home cooking

11. Fail Factors – Why Startups Die: The Israeli Illusion


During the week of November 29, 2009 the biggest headline was IBM’s acquisition of database security and compliance company, Guardium. Dune was purchased by Broadcom and VMware is planning to double its workforce in Israel. For these stories and more, check below for this week’s 9 Israel-related headlines.

1. Capstone and Israel’s HelioFocus Get Grants To Fire Up Solar Powered Micro-Turbines

2. Broadcom To Acquire Dune For $178 Million

3. IBM buys database security firm Guardium

Information Technology
4. Thanks to Israel, ‘the Cloud’ will be safer

5. VMware doubles Israeli R&D workforce

5. Red Bend Software Named One of the Most Important Companies in M2M for 2010

7. Israeli firm Emblaze sues Apple claiming iPhone streaming ‘patent infringement’

8. Israeli tech firms are coming back home

9. Twitter, Amiando, Obopay, And Playfish Are Named Technology Pioneers By The World Economic Forum (Amobee and Innovid)


During the week of November 22, 2009, Else, formerly Emblaze Mobile, revealed the first Linux-based smartphone. A possible iPhone killer, the device focuses on the user-experience first. SupportSpace announced it raised $10 million in funding and IBM acquired database security start-up, Guardium.For these stories and more, check below.

1. Preparing for Copenhagen: What can Israel expect?

2. US-Israel $3.3 m. energy cooperation

Investments and M&A
3. IBM to buy start-up Guardium for $225 million: report

4. SupportSpace Raises $10 Million Series B

Information Technology
5. Emblaze Mobile launch First Else Linux-based phone

6. Check Point Software focuses on virtualization and data centres

7. Six cities that beat the Big Apple?

8. Tonight in Tel Aviv: Twitter’s Biz Stone talks about the triumph of humanity

9. IBM wooed Guardium for almost a year


During the week of November 15, 2009, data storage and protection company, Axxana announced it had raised $9 million. Gil Schwed discussed the future of Check Point and Tufin Technologies is expanding from security into network management. For these stories and the rest of this week’s 11 headlines, check below.

1. Israel water tech thrives in weakened economy

2. Catching the sunshine

3. After boom and bust, global solar energy market ready to mature, analyst says

Investments and M&A
4. Motorola acquiring Israeli company

5. Axxana Raises $9 Million

6. ClickSoftware closes AiPoint asset acquisition

Information Technology
7. Check Point looks to ‘consolidation’

8. Tufin Expands from Security into Network Management

9. Trojan Hacked Secret Data of Syrian Nuclear Reactor

10. The future of Israeli high-tech: Jewish brains aren’t enough

11. Israel top patent producer in Western world


During the week of November 8, 2009, Motorola made its first Israeli acquisition by buying Bitband. Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) invested in XtremIO and Navajo Systems and went live with its facial-recognition tagger on Facebook. For these stories and the rest of this week’s 11 headlines, check below.

1. Jewish Israelis and Jewish Americans Look to US-Israel Cooperation To Break Oil Dependence

2. Deep sea aquaculture startup prepares for harvest

Investments and Economy
3. High-tech drives huge leap in exports

4. JVP and Giza Announce A-Round Investment in Early-Stage Startup XtremIO

5. Motorola in first Israeli acquisition: Bitband

Information Technology and Web 2.0
6. Facebook Facial-Recognition Tagger Goes Live

7. Windows 7 could hasten touch-screen computers (N-trig)

8. JVP Media Studio Invests Seed Round in Navajo Systems

9. Your cell phone can save you from a Dead Sea flash flood

10. The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs In America

11. Israel’s lively start-up culture keeps economy thriving