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Fact Finding Mission in Germany for Decision Makers - Wind power and its integration into the grid, 2-6 November 2014

A Study Trip in the Framework of the Export Initiatives Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The adoption of the long-awaited development plan for the construction of wind turbines in August 2014 removed an important obstacle for the progress of wind energy in Israel. It will significantly advance the market of renewable energies in a country where climate change and energy independence are imperative national concerns. Germany is at the forefront of renewable energy, with wind energy being the principal renewable energy source. This explains the wish of Israeli decision-makers and industry leaders to benefit from the expertise offered by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) through its export initiatives Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The Israeli-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (AHK Israel), along with its German partner eclareon, organised a fact finding mission for 14 decision-makers from government, lobbying associations and selected companies to Hamburg, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein. From November 3rd to 5th, the participants toured three companies, four wind turbine sites and took part in the information event which is an integral part of the export initiative.

They started off with a visit to 8.2 Consulting, an international engineering company and pioneer of commercial wind energy, followed by a presentation at Nordex Energy, the renowned German turbine manufacturer and service partner. Shortly before sunset, the delegation arrived at the Energy Hill Georgswerder, a former toxic waste landfill site that was converted into a green landscape with electricity generated by two wind turbines, a large photovoltaic plant and landfill gas. The magnificent architectural design with the information centre hosting an exhibition and multi-media show make it into a valuable educational destination. The day ended with a harbour tour, where a guide illustrated the environmental and economic features of the port.

The information event on the second day began with an overview of the German wind energy market by eclareon. The Renewable Energy Cluster Hamburg and the HIC Hamburg Institut Consulting elaborated further on relevant topics. These, as well as the presentation of the Israeli Ministry of Energy, were vividly discussed by both the German and the Israeli participants. Thereafter, the group continued to Bremen, where they were shown the activities and regenerative power plant of Deutsche Windtechnik.

On the last day, the Israeli delegation visited the cradle of commercial wind power in Schleswig-Holstein. At the wind farms Windpark Dithmarschen and Windfarm Westküste, high-ranking experts discussed many important facets related to wind energy, environment, visibility, financing and community participation. The participants from the various organisations were very appreciative of the fact finding mission and emphasised the quality of the experts, the sites, the organisation and the synergy of the group itself. Some participants already followed up the newly established contacts with individual exchanges. 

GIREC Networking Event at the Intersolar Fair in Munich, 19.6.2013

GIREC Kickoff Meeting, 17.07.2012

Full of energy: GIREC launched

With lots of energy and enthusiasm a new platform for renewable energies, the GIREC German-Israeli Renewable Energy Committee, was established on Julz 17th. “The field of renewable energy in Israel is still very young”, the Chairman of GIREC, Ophir Pines-Paz said at the kick-off event in the premises of AHK Israel in Tel Aviv. “GIREC is supposed to be a new platform that aims to promote cooperation between Germany and Israel.” The State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Anne Ruth Herkes, also underlined the importance of GIREC and thanked the initiators for their commitment.