India, Israel to collaborate on renewable energy

April 9th, 2008 - 10:36 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Industries from India and Israel will collaborate in developing renewable energy technologies, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announced here Wednesday at the conclusion of a seminar on the subject. Leading Israeli companies involved in solar power, wind energy and others were in India to exchange views with their Indian counterparts as part of the seminar, organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA), the Israeli Industry Centre for R&D (MATIMOP) and the CII.

The seminar was a follow-up to Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal’s 2005 trip to Israel, when it was decided that the two countries would collaborate in the fields of environmental technology, water management, space technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

DST Secretary T. Ramaswami told the seminar that there was great potential for joint research and development in the area of renewable energy technologies.

Israel has now mandated that at least 10 percent of energy must come from renewable sources by 2020, said Raul Goldemann, director, Asia and Pacific international cooperation programme, MATIMOP.

Senior director CII and head of technology GITA Anjan Das hoped the seminar and meetings would lead to a number of good proposals and then to fruitful collaborations.

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