Nine Israeli companies in the energy efficiency and smart grid arena recently visited the U.S. The participating companies were: Beemtech, CQM, Ducool, Einverid, Greenlet, Panoramic Power, Powerplug and Pythagorus, and the Israeli Smart Grid Association ISG.
The visit, which took place July 23-27th, began in the Midwest with a visit to Chicago. One of the highlights was a visit to O’Hare Airport to meet with the COO of the Chicago Department of Aviation, Khaled Naja. The five participating companies in the meeting each presented their solution. Naja, who commented that his organization is focusing more and more on sustainability, expressed interest in the technologies presented and was impressed with their relevancy.
The second day in the Midwest visit included a conference at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation with the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium. The morning presentations were followed by fruitful one on one meetings with some of the leading energy companies in the U.S.
Israel’s Economic Attaché in the Chicago office Yariv Becher commented, “Energy efficiency is upmost in the mind of the U.S. market. This is due both to the high cost of energy these days and with environmental concerns. This is a golden opportunity for Israeli companies, which have exciting and innovative solutions to offer in this arena.”
The delegation continued on to the East Coast for meetings in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. About 200 one-on-one meetings took place, with some of the largest real estate developers in the area, such as Silverstein Properties (responsible for some of the city’s largest real estate projects, including the new World Trade Center) and electric companies from New Jersey including PSE&G and JCPNL, as well as Constellation (one of the largest energy companies in the U.S.), IBM and Dow Energy. The seminar at the end of the New York meeting included 100 participants, including the CTO of IBM Energy.
Nili Shalev, economic Attache in New York, added “The market for energy efficiency in the large cities is particularly attractive due to the huge number of high rises, number of inhabitants and commercial real estate. This is especially relevant for companies offering solutions for sustainable building.”