Category: Israel

ETV Motors, Ltd.

ETV Motors, Ltd.

Suite 200
3 Abba Eban Boulevard
Herzliya 46120 Israel

Phone +972-9-951-7277
Fax +972-2-591-6017About

Founded in 2008, the exclusive focus of ETV Motors Ltd is the research, development and commercialization of critical EV components and their integration into turbine-powered Range-Extended Electric Vehicles (REEVs).

In the third quarter of 2008, ETVM raised a milestone-driven $12M investment led by The Quercus Trust. New York-based 21 Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm concentrating on the technologies set to dominate the 21st century, is a co-investor.

ETV Motors is a private company based in Herzliya, Israel with research and test facilities at several additional locations. There are presently over 25 researchers and engineers involved in the activity.

Technology

ETV Motors Ltd is developing the enabling technologies that will facilitate the future generations of Range-Extended Electric Vehicles (REEVs).

These propulsion platforms will have unparalleled energy efficiencies and ultra-low emission signatures.

The company is engaged in three complementary activities:

Turbine Charger Advanced Battery Test Vehicle
     

Microturbines produce both heat and electricity on a relatively small scale by means of combustion. In general, they offer advantages compared with other technologies for small scale power generation.

Those advantages over reciprocating engine generators include: a small number of moving parts; compact size; light weight; greater efficiency; lower emissions; and the ability to operate with a range of fuels (eg CNG and bio-fuels). Waste heat recovery may be employed with these systems to reach very high efficiencies.

The majority of a microturbine’s waste heat is contained in its relatively high-temperature exhaust. The combined thermal electrical efficiency of microturbines in cogeneration applications where exhaust heat is utilized reach over 80%.

Turbines offer a high-powered engine in a very small and light package. This is facilitated in part due to the fact that there is no requirement for either water-cooling or exhausts catalytic conversion. However they have a time lag and provide poor fuel efficiencies at low speeds if integrated into conventional propulsion drivetrains.

REEV hybrids utilizing turbines as the on board charger will provide all the advantages as the battery will address the variable power requirements and the turbine will be operating at its “sweet spot”.

In simulation exercises, we have found that the fuel costs for ICE-powered REEVs in typical urban environments will be up to 50% more expensive than those powered by micro-turbine on-board chargers.

ETV Motors has assembled a world class team of microturbine engineers to develop its high efficiency dual power microturbine on board charger. With a track record in stationary power turbines, large and small jet engines and advanced heat exchangers, we are confident that our aggressive performance goals will be achieved in a timely and cost effective manner.

The ETV patent-pending mictroturbine design is expected to outperform the state-of the art microturbines for the following reasons:

  • The ETV mictroturbine will operate on RQL (Rich-Quench-Lean) principles and will have the unique property of achieving optimum efficiency at two operating points. This “dual mode” property will provide a number of degrees of freedom when matching the microturbine to various drive cycles and vehicle categories.
  • Proprietary valving and duct design results in minimal pressure drops
  • Advanced heat exchanger/recuperator resulting in ultra-high thermal efficiencies (>90%) with low pressure drops. (The combined hot and cold pressure drops will be less than 8.5% of maximum cycle pressure)
  • Advanced stator/rotor sealing techniques, resulting in high adiabatic efficiencies.
    Implementation of ceramic regenerative heat exchanger and turbine enabling operation at higher turbine inlet temperatures.

The characteristics of the prototype and production ETV microturbines are presented in the following table.

P1 P2 Production
Power kW 12/45 13/48 20/60
Efficiency % 37-38 38-44 45-50
Weight Kg 120 100-110 100-120
Rotational Speed RPM 80,700 80,700 TBD
Turbine Inlet Temp 0C 975 1,050 1,250-1,350
Recuperator Advanced Metal Ceramic Ceramic
Turbine Metal Metal Ceramic

The P1 turbine, with an efficiency that outperforms the present state of the art by approximately 30%, will be fully functional in Q2 2010.

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GALTEN

GALTEN

Phone: +972(0)54-646-3233
Kadima 60920
P.O.B 1746
Israel.
info@galtengroup.com

About
Galten realized that controlling “row material” is of major importance as it will be the bottle neck in the coming years. Therefore, we adopted the “seed to Biodiesel” strategy. Galten has the technology to grow hi quality feedstock and produce hi quality product – Biodiesel, meeting all required standards. Galten is committed to become a leading company in the biodiesel arena, by implementing and executing its ambitious plans in the coming years. Galtens’ personel has a long track record and experience in managing and controlling large scale projects.

Since the beginning of 2006 Galtens’ co founders have established the basis and the infrastructure of the company.
After intensive and deep research, Ghana was chosen as the first country for the first biodiesel project. A local company was established headed by Mr. Raymond Okudzeto.

Galten is composed of:
A group of scientist, that are continuously researching and developing the local Jatropha species to continuously improve yield and biodiesel output.
A project management group that execute the control and management of the large scale cultivation.
Galten intends to refine the extracted vegetable oil in the market country.

Technology

Galten’s technology is based on the Jatropha which has been investigated by their group for more then 15 years.  As a result of this long and intensive scientific work Galten is able to cultivate Jatropha – a non edible crop – in large scale on marginal lands (not using agriculture lands) with high yield and high quality vegetable oil that is refined to biodiesel. Galten will continue to improve the Jatropha species with an on going R&D and control the improved species genetically.
Our group of scientists is the most knowledgeable and experienced in Jatropha. The scientific group, from a European university is composed from university professors’ experts in Jatropha, soil experts, breeding experts and has enormous experience in all the scientific aspects of the crop such as the physiology, biochemistry and genetics of the plant.  The scientific group is part of Galten and they are the moderators and executors of the scientific part of the project.

Solel Solar Systems Ltd.

Solel Solar Systems Ltd.
Solel Solar Systems Ltd.
Corporate Office Marketing

P.O.B. 811
Beit Shemesh
Israel
Tel: 972-2-995 0111 Fax 972-2-999 5521
marketing@solel.com

Solel, Inc.
Office of the U.S. Subsidiary

701 North Green Valley Parkway
Suite 200
Henderson, NV 89074

Tel: 866-677-0444
Fax 702-446-8200
About

The Solel team has the organization, the resources and the project management capabilities needed to design, manufacture and install solar fields for large scale power generation. Longstanding, field-proven experience with parabolic trough solar thermal plants has brought the cost of kWhe produced to competitive market levels.

Led by a team of solar professionals, Solel’s engineering staff combines proven experience with field-tested know-how and draws on more than twenty years of solar thermal research and commercial implementations. Solel employs more than 280 people in their Beit Shemesh, Israel headquarters and has a West Coast U.S. subsidiary.

The company has invested substantial financial resources over the last 14 years to improve the yearly electrical output of the solar fields and in reducing their installation, operations and maintenance costs, resulting in significant improvements to the overall cost-effectiveness of the parabolic trough solar technology.

Solel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Solel Solar Systems, is a leading developer of solar power plants. Solel Inc. teams with major players in the fields of engineering design, environmental services, transmission and financing to develop utility scale power plants, both in clusters and in stand-alone configurations.

Solel Inc. is developing the 553 MW Mojave Solar Park 1 (MSP-1), the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, in California’s Mojave Desert. In July 2007, Solel Inc. concluded a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to provide it with electricity from MSP-1. Solel will build MSP-1 using Solel 6, Solel’s industry leading solar thermal collector. MSP-1 will encompass nine square miles and will provide PG&E with 1,388 gigawatts of energy annually at a price competitive with plants powered by fossil fuels.

Solel Inc.’s major focus is the southwest region of the U.S., the world’s largest identified market, with its abundant energy source and excellent proximity to population centers. A report commissioned by the WGA (Western Governor’s Association) predicted that peak power demand by 2015 in the six southwestern states (California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah) will grow by 34 GW, of which 20% (7 GW) is targeted to be provided through renewable power sources.

Products

Solels technology converts sunshine into useful thermal energy, and subsequently into electricity, by way of parabolic mirrors that concentrate the solar energy onto solar thermal receivers containing a heat transfer fluid. The heat transfer fluid is circulated and heated through the receivers, and the heat is released to a series of heat exchangers to generate super-heated steam. The steam powers a turbine/generator to produce electricity delivered to a utilitys electric grid.

A central computerized tracking facility enables optimal absorption of the suns energy by automatically adjusting the alignment of the parabolic mirrors. From the moment the sun rises until it dips over the horizon, all of its rays are captured and converted into usable energy.

With a back-up of alternative fuels, a solar plant can operate beyond daylight hours.

Diagram of System


REAL Housing Ltd.

REAL Housing Ltd.

In the United States:

2525 Arapahoe Ave Suite E-4
Boulder CO 80302
Contact: Hy Brown
+1 303 594 0775
E-mail: hy@realhousing.net

In Israel:

20/6 Aharon Boxer St.
Nes Ziyyona 74057
Contact: Shaul Amir
+972 52 802 2646
E-mail: shaul@realhousing.net
About the Company

REAL Housing Ltd. is an Israeli company committed to the development of affordable housing using renewable energy to power a sustainable future. Formed in 2007, REAL Housing combines advanced energy technology with innovative construction techniques to bring a fresh solution to the global community.

Their solutions are based on decades of experience in both the construction industry and the building energy research community. Two of the founders are affiliated with the University of Colorado. Many of the innovations grew from their experiences with the Solar Decathlon, an international competition to design and build small solar-powered homes. REAL Housing delivers these innovations to the global housing marketplace.

REAL Housing seeks to redefine affordability. Traditionally, affordable housing has been defined by low first cost to the homeowner. With growing environmental awareness and uncertainty in our energy future, low first cost is not enough. What good is an inexpensive house if the owner can’t afford its future? Their vision marries affordable construction and operating costs, using factory-built and energy-efficient designs, together with the environmental stewardship and energy security of solar energy systems. They build dreams that will be as affordable in the future as they are today.

The development of housing that is affordable and environmentally conscious is at the center of the company concept. However, the vision of REAL Housing does not end at the design and construction of leading-edge housing units. Starting with a base in Israel, REAL Housing is meeting the needs of a country that requires innovative housing solutions in a challenging physical environment. From this base, REAL Housing is putting in place partnerships that will expand its operations to meet the needs of communities around the world.

Designs

Their house design are based on modular and prefabricated construction. The spine, formed by conventional shipping containers, provides structure and life support. In each design, the spine comprises the kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, and equipment spaces. Behind the scene, it also includes the building electrical service and all plumbing and HVAC systems. You will notice that there is no plumbing, piping, or ductwork outside the spine. While their smallest homes use a single shipping container for the spine, the larger home designs combine two containers to allow larger kitchens and more bathrooms.

Living and bedroom spaces are attached to the spine. The layouts provide natural separate between the public spaces and the more private bedroom areas. The smallest home designs have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with larger spaces and more rooms in the larger home designs.

LUZ II

LUZ II

LUZ II Ltd.

11 Kiryat Mada St., Amot bldg #6,
P.O. Box 45220, Har Hotzvim,
Jerusalem, 91450 Israel.

Phone: +972-(0)77-202-5000
Fax: +972-(0)2-571-1059

Mail: info@luz2.com

BrightSource Energy Inc.

1999 Harrison Street,
Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612, USA.

Phone: 510-550-8161 x108
Fax: 510-550-8165

Mail: info@brightsourceenergy.com

Luz II
About

LUZ II develops utility-scale solar power plants using a unique, proprietary technology which converts sunlight to electricity. LUZ II’s technology provides relatively low-cost power during peak demand periods. By using standard, inexpensive materials and economies of scale in manufacturing, LUZ II’s plants achieve the lowest cost solar electricity in the world.

LUZ II Ltd.,of Jerusalem, Israel, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource Energy Inc. (BSE), of Oakland, California. BSE is owned by Mr. Arnold Goldman, VantagePoint Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm, and private investors (some of whom were investors in the original Luz). LUZ II Ltd. performs R&D, production and project engineering.

BSE has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pacific Gas & Electric Company to negotiate an agreement for 500 MW of projects on an accelerated basis. The Company is also engaged in project negotiations with potential strategic partners in Spain for an estimated 50 to 150 MW.

BSE/LUZ II’s technology provides relatively low-cost power during peak demand periods. Utilities and large commercial and industrial customers place a premium on the power that is produced during peak demand times. By using standard, inexpensive materials and economies of scale in manufacturing, BSE/LUZ II’s plants achieve the lowest cost solar electricity in the world.

The combination of environmental concerns and rising prices for commodity fuels has caused a number of states in the U.S. to adopt Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These standards require utilities to purchase as much as 33% of their power from renewable energy sources, such as wind, hydro and solar, by specified dates. For example, California utilities are currently under a mandate to purchase 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2011 (compared to 12% at present), and 33% by 2020. Historically, utilities have depended on wind power to meet their RPS requirements. However, wind is not a predictable source of power and typically delivers its power at night, when electricity demand is lowest. Solar energy has a much higher degree of predictability, with only a 10% yearly production variance. Solar power peaks exactly when electricity demand is greatest, during the afternoon hours and during summer months when air conditioning loads are increased.

BSE/LUZ II’s DPT system can also utilize natural gas to generate electricity during periods of reduced solar availability, such as early evening hours when demand is still high. Using this system, BSE/LUZ II can offer utilities firm capacity commitments for peak and shoulder periods. This dispatch capacity and flexibility provides significant value to utility companies.

Technology

           

LUZ II’s proprietary, hybrid, solar-gas powered generating technology, Distributed Power Towers (DPT), is significantly more cost effective than any other solar thermal technology. LUZ II’s project-ready, Generation One technology, (DPT 550), produces reliable, peak power electricity by using solar energy to create superheated steam.

LUZ II’s DPT technology consists of a number of solar clusters, each of which includes a power tower surrounded 3600 by an array of heliostats. Heliostats are flat, glass mirrors which track the sun and reflect sunlight onto a receiver, which is located on the top of a power tower. Power towers are linked together by pipelines to a central location where electricity is generated and sent to a power grid.

The DPT 550 technology heats water to superheated steam at a temperature of 5500 – 5650  C. A high efficiency steam turbine converts the superheated steam to electricity, which is sent to a power grid. The DPT 550 technology is more than 40% efficient in thermal to electric conversion. Both 100 MW and 200 MW power plants are currently being designed.

TECHNOLOGY COST COMPARISON:

SEGS 6
(Original Luz parabolic trough design)
Optimum Trough
(Improved parabolic trough design)
DPT 550
(LUZ II superheated steam technology)
Temperature(C) 370 C 400 C 550 C
Solar to Thermal Efficiency 35% 40% 50%
Gross Thermal to Electricity Efficiency 37% 39% 43%
Parasitic Power 14% 12% 5%
Solar to Electrical Efficiency 11% 14% 20%
Relative Cost Per kWhr 100% 90% 70%