Opportunity for a pilot/demonstration site at a Kibbutz

Our speaker Yanay Hakkim represents a Kibbutz that is interested in applying microgrid  and other smart grid technologies to their power distribution network, as part of the grid modernization process he is leading. He would like to propose the kibbutz as a test/demonstration site for new and emerging Israeli smart energy technologies.

At the meeting he will describe the requirements and specifications of the kibbutz and would like to hear from relevant companies about their potential involvement in this project.

Background:

As instructed by the PUA, all kibbutsim must enter a unique, multi step process called "historical electricity dispatchers". As part of the requirements, kibbutsim must upgrade the local grid, to comply with the electricity regulations. 

The kibbutz is a perfect site for micro-grid technologies - it has a private grid and transformers, couple of hundreds of smart meters, a local billing system, and it is almost independent from IEC. In addition, many kibbutsim have installed PV systems, which provide some more interesting challenges for smart micro-grid such as supply management and electricity storage. 

Given that millions of shekels will be invested in the upcoming years, and some two hundred kibbutsim will go through the same process,  this is a good opportunity for micro-grid applications in Israel .

***If you have any questions for Yanay prior to the meeting, please feel free to raise them via the discussions tool.

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  • Karine Weiss R.

    The presentation by Yanay has been uploaded and can be found under the tab "More" then "files".

    October 2, 2013

  • Yanay

    Thank you all for your time and attention. I hope this was interested and I am sure this subject will grow to an interesting market.
    Slide show in Hebrew was sent to Karine, and I hope to send an English version tomorrow.

    October 1, 2013

  • Tal M.

    A Very interesting event followed by an insightful discussion.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Joseph K.

    Good event but it will be better to make it a little more multilingual English is the unofficial language

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Jessica N.

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meetup, which I understand was quite interesting. Would it be possible to get a copy of any presentations or a brief summary/follow-up of discussion?
    Thanks!

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Zev G.

    Excellent subject! Yanai deserves a "yishar koach". Dealing with these real issues is very important as it gets us off the platitudes trail.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • maurice c.

    can you please confirm the time of meetup

    I was under the impression it would be scheduled for 5pm

    However this web page now shows 4pm

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Elad S.

      It is at 4:oopm

      September 30, 2013

    • Ben H.

      Ok thanks ,4:00 pm it's too early for me - work... Hope you'll enjoy

      September 30, 2013

  • Julian P.

    Is it gona be all hebrew?

    September 30, 2013

  • maurice c.

    Will you present in English

    September 19, 2013

    • Yanay

      Hi Maurice, I will present in Hebrew

      September 29, 2013

    • Joseph K.

      I vote for English

      September 29, 2013

  • Julian P.

    Really intrested in this issues

    September 29, 2013

  • Gilad R.

    Shalom Yanay and Elad, This is an interesting initiative which I do hope will fly in Israel. Can you please elaborate a bit about your expected generation mix. I am also interested to hear about our plans for usage of storage and whether you are planing to be completely Independence of national grid?

    September 27, 2013

    • Gilad R.

      Zev, I think avoiding the grid should be absolutely the goal. It is too early however, mainly as storage technology is not there yet (and off course there will be a serious opposition from the Utilities!) There are some interesting development in that respect, especially amongst US based start-ups (quite number of them coming out from the MIT) but it will take some more time. Another interesting angle will be when EV are becoming more common and I see three major reasons for this: a. this will (and already did) bring the Automotive industry to push into developing better technologies; b. EVs can support storage capacity; and c. it will create an enormous economy of scale which will help to reduce the costs of batteries. Like wise, looking forward for meeting with you and continue this interesting discussions. PS. I am happy to give a short presentation about our creative way of thinking when it comes to distributed energy.

      September 28, 2013

    • Zev G.

      Thanks for the reply Gilad. With regard to a presentation- you might want to speak about that with Elad Shaviv

      September 29, 2013

  • Joseph K.

    I have developed a new design for generating and storing electricity from wind which is more efficient practical ,cost effective and able to place in other when otherwise not appropriate. It is practical for both on grid and off grid applications. Also other designs for solar Ect

    September 27, 2013

    • Zev G.

      Hello Joseph! Do we get to see you on Monday? Would be interesting to speak

      September 28, 2013

    • Joseph K.

      I am planning on trying to come there from Jerusalem

      September 28, 2013

  • Elad S.

    Dov, Yanay is from Ramat Hashofet, but as he mentioned, this discussion is relevant to all kibutzim.

    September 24, 2013

  • Dov Y.

    Dear Yanay,
    I'm very interested, but your location is an important factor. So can you tell me the name of your Kibbutz?
    Dov
    [masked]

    September 24, 2013

  • Ari W.

    Don't forget that even without directly dealing with the national grid, on a local managing level a kibbutz would still benefit from "smart gridding" or perhaps also "off gridding" themselves! As a separate organized legal entity the kibbutz has advantages that the regular power user doesn't have in power production.

    September 9, 2013

  • Yanay

    Shirley - I am from Ramat Hashofet, but this discussion is relevant to all kibutzim, therefore I think it can be interesting.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Yanay

    Zev - I agree that this has many other aspects such as legal and the relationship with PUA. As all kibbutzim have evolved in the last couple of years in many other aspects (business, society, infrastructures), I believe that there is a lot to do in the field of smart energy (and all utilities) management. Even though kibbutzim are traditionally "old fashion", I agree with the idea of creativity insertion to the system, and I believe that the smart energy industry can find creative (and open-minded) partners in the kibbutzim.

    September 8, 2013

  • Zev G.

    Well, I am glad to hear that the kibbutzim have one person "on the ball". I think it will be great (I have been advocating this for a while). The PUA situation is somewhat tricky - the discussion will be interesting. I have actually waited to get some legal input on this matter and have discussed it with one of the most competent attorneys in the field of the electrical sector.

    There is plenty to do, plenty to learn. The space is fascinating but must be approached with a very open mind and a willingness to do creative things. This may be a sign that the kibbutzim are ready to move into creative, unchartered waters. They will find interested partners

    Would be interested in meeting Yannay even before the meet.

    September 3, 2013

  • Shirley S.

    Which Kibutz?

    September 3, 2013

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