Friday, October 17, 2008

BrightSource Israel Solar Power Development Center

BrightSource Energy and LUZ II have created the first Solar Power development Center in the world. Find out why they claim their solar technology is at the top of the market and will compete with fossil fuel.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Harnessing the Energy


by Prof. Yirmiyahu Branover

There is more good news on the renewable energy front. With fossil fuels becoming more expensive, not to mention their effects on the environment, the search is on for a reliable source of clean energy that will not be used up. One of the best sources of renewable energy is solar power, especially in hot desert areas. The intense sunlight in those areas is a potent form of energy that in most cases, merely bakes the earth but is not harnessed towards productive ends.

That may soon change, thanks to a burgeoning development of a new type solar power plant, which involves placing rows of bright mirrors along acres of desert floor. The mirrors focus the intense light from the sun onto a fluid, heating it into steam. The steam turns a turbine to generate energy. So far, two such plants have been opened in the United States, with ten more in the planning stages. Each plant produces enough energy to power several large hotels. Plans are also underway to develop ways of storing the energy to produce electricity after the sun has gone down.

No form of energy is of any use unless a way can be found to channel and harness it. Otherwise, the energy simply dissipates as heat. We find a similar concept in Jewish thought. There are certain times of the year when special spiritual energy is generated—such as Shabbat, holidays or the new moon. We must make ourselves into a vessel to channel the energy and use it to drive our continuing development as human beings, to energize us in the fulfillment of Mitzvot.

We find an example of poorly channeled energy in the Chumash, when Nadav and Avihu, the two sons of Aaron, entered the Tabernacle and brought a “strange fire” to G-d. They were so enthusiastic at the building of the Mishkan and the prospect of becoming close to G-d, that they brought a fire at a time that was not appropriate for them. As a result, they died. Had they not been so over-eager, they could have drawn down this intense spiritual power to bring about real change and elevation to the world. However, their spiritual zeal was focused only on rising to G-d but not on channeling the energy here on earth, and therefore they perished.

Over the course of exile, we have been engaged in the task of building “mirrors in the desert,” to harness the intense Divine radiation that is beaming down upon us. The mirrors are our Mitzvos and the sunlight is the Divine light being drawn down to the world through our actions. When Moshiach comes, the “construction project” will be complete, and we will be able to derive the full benefit of the work we have done over so many generations. Then, G-d will “take the sun out of its shield” and the night will shine like the day.

Adopted from

Prof. Yirmiyahu Branover is chairman of the Center of Magnetohydrodynamic Studies and Training at Ben-Gurion University.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Israel's Project Better Place and Renault-Nissan Agree To Electrify Israeli Roads -


Left to right: Mr Shai Agassi - CEO of Better Project Place, Prime Minister - Ehud Olmert, Mr Carlos Ghosn - President and CEO of Renault Nissan


Left to right: Mr Shai Agassi - CEO of Better Project Place, Prime Minister - Ehud Olmert, Mr Carlos Ghosn - President and CEO of Renault Nissan

MOU signed today in Jerusalem for first application on Israeli market

JERUSALEM - January 21, 2008: In a significant move towards reducing CO2 car emissions as well as particles pollution, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Project Better Place engage in a breakthrough with electric vehicles in Israel.

The solution framework comes in response to the Israeli State's challenge to the auto industry and its supply chain to migrate the country's transportation infrastructure to renewable sources of energy.

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For the first time in history, all the conditions necessary for electric vehicles to be successfully mass-marketed will be brought together in a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Project Better Place in Israel. The Israeli government would provide tax incentives to customers, Renault would supply the electric vehicles, and Project Better Place would construct and operate an Electric Recharge Grid across the entire country. Electric vehicles will be available for customers in 2011.

-- 100% electric vehicles: Renault's vehicles will run on pure electricity for all functions. The objective of zero emissions will be achieved, while at the same time offering driving performances similar to a 1.6 liter gasoline engine. Renault's electric vehicles will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries, ensuring greater driving range and longevity.

-- Innovative business model: For the first time in the electric vehicle business, ownership of the car is separated from the requirement to own a battery. Consumers will buy and own their car and subscribe to energy, including the use of the battery, on a basis of kilometers driven. This model is similar to the way mobile phones are sold, with an initial purchase and a monthly subscription for the mobility service. -- Competitive cost of ownership: The Israeli government recently extended a tax incentive on the purchase of any zero-emissions vehicle until 2019, making them more affordable. Combined with the lower cost of electricity as opposed to fuel-based energy, and the vehicle's lifetime guarantee, the total cost of ownership for the customer will be significantly lower than that of a fuel-based car over the life cycle of the vehicle. -- Electric Recharge Grid infrastructure: California-based Project Better Place plans to deploy a massive network of battery charging spots. Driving range will no longer be an obstacle, because customers will be able to plug their cars into charging units in any of the 500,000 charging spots in Israel. An on-board computer system will indicate to the driver the remaining power supply and the nearest charging spot. Nissan, through its joint venture with NEC, has created a battery pack that meets the requirements of the electric vehicle and will mass- produce it. Renault is working on development of exchangeable batteries for continuous mobility. The entire framework will go through a series of tests starting this year. -- Perfect first mass market: In Israel, where 90% of car owners drive less than 70 kilometers per day, and all major urban centers are less than 150 kilometers apart, electric vehicles would be the ideal means of transportation and could therefore cover most of the population's transportation needs.

Along with Project Better Place, this is the first illustration of the Alliance's commitment to mass-market zero-emission vehicles all over the world.

Project Better Place
Project Better Place is a venture-backed company that aims to reduce global dependency on oil through the creation of a market-based transportation infrastructure that supports electric vehicles, providing consumers with a cleaner, sustainable, personal transportation alternative. Launched in October 2007, Project Better Place will build its first pilot Electric Recharge Grid in Israel and plans to deploy the infrastructure on a country-by-country basis with initial deployments beginning in 2010.
related to this see:
Solar Energy the next Frontier
The Lubavitcher Rebbe King Moshiach Shlit"a on Solar Energy :

Monday, January 21, 2008

Israel Is Set to Promote the Use of Electric Cars

Does anyone have more info about this?
Please comment.

Israel Is Set to Promote the Use of Electric Cars
January 21, 2008


JERUSALEM — Israel, tiny and bereft of oil, has decided to embrace the electric car.

On Monday, the Israeli government will announce its support for a broad effort to promote the use of electric cars, embracing a joint venture between an American-Israeli entrepreneur and Renault and its partner, Nissan Motor Company.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, with the active support of President Shimon Peres, intends to make Israel a laboratory to test the practicality of an environmentally clean electric car. The state will offer tax incentives to purchasers, and the new company, with a $200 million investment to start, will begin construction of facilities to recharge the cars and replace empty batteries quickly.

The idea, said Shai Agassi, 39, the software entrepreneur behind the new company, is to sell electric car transportation on the model of the cellphone. Purchasers get subsidized hardware — the car — and pay a monthly fee for expected mileage, like minutes on a cellphone plan, eliminating concerns about the fluctuating price of gasoline.

Mr. Agassi and his investors are convinced that the cost of running such a car will be significantly cheaper than a model using gasoline (currently $6.28 a gallon here.)

“With $100 a barrel oil, we’ve crossed a historic threshold where electricity and batteries provide a cheaper alternative for consumers,” Mr. Agassi said. “You buy a car to go an infinite distance, and we need to create the same feeling for an electric car — that you can fill it up when you stop or sleep and go an infinite distance.”

Mr. Agassi’s company, Project Better Place of Palo Alto, Calif., will provide the lithium-ion batteries, which will be able to go 124 miles per charge, and the infrastructure necessary to keep the cars going — whether parking meter-like plugs on city streets or service stations along highways, where, in a structure like a car wash, exhausted batteries will be removed and fresh ones inserted.

Renault and Nissan will provide the cars. The chairman of both companies, Carlos Ghosn, is scheduled to attend the announcements on Monday. Other companies are developing electric cars, like the Tesla and Chevrolet Volt, but the project here is a major step for Renault, which clearly believes that there is a commercial future in electric cars.

Israel, where the round-trip commute between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is only 75 miles, is considered a good place to test the idea, which Mr. Agassi, Renault and Nissan hope to copy in small countries like Denmark and crowded cities like London, Paris, Singapore and New York. London, which has a congestion area tax for cars, lets electric cars enter downtown and park free.

Project Better Place’s major investor, Idan Ofer, 52, has put up $100 million for the project and is its board chairman. He will remain chairman of Israel Corporation Ltd., a major owner and operator of shipping companies and refineries. “What’s driving me is a much wider outlook than Israel,” Mr. Ofer said. “If it were just Israel, I’d be cannibalizing my refinery business. I’m not so concerned about the refineries, but building a world-class company. If Israel will ever produce a Nokia, it will be this.”

Mr. Ofer has his eye on China, with its increasing car penetration, oil consumption and environmental pollution, where he has interest from a Chinese car company, Chery, for a similar joint venture.

Renault will offer a small number of electric models of existing vehicles, like the Megane sedan, at prices roughly comparable to gasoline models. The batteries will come from Mr. Agassi. The tax breaks for “clean” electric vehicles, which Israel promises to keep until at least 2015, will make the cars cheaper to consumers than gasoline-engine cars. “You’ll be able to get a nice, high-end car at a price roughly half that of the gasoline model today,” Mr. Agassi said.

He contends that operating expenses will be half of those for gasoline-driven vehicles, especially in Europe and Israel, where gasoline taxes are high. The company, and the consumers who use it, will normally recharge their batteries at night, when the electricity is cheapest, and they expect the batteries to have a life of 7,000 charges, though Mr. Agassi says he is counting on only 1,500 charges, which is roughly 150,000 miles, the life of the average car.

“Because the price of gasoline fluctuates so much during the life of a car, it’s hard to predict the cost basis for driving,” Mr. Agassi said. “But electricity fluctuates less, and you can buy it in advance, so I can give you a guaranteed price per mile, cheaper than the price of gas today.”

Mr. Agassi predicts that a few thousand electric cars will be on Israeli roads in 2009 and 100,000 by the end of 2010; Israel has two million cars on the road, and about 10 percent are replaced each year.

Mr. Agassi suggested this model for the electric car — concentrating on infrastructure rather than on car production — at a 2006 meeting of the Saban Forum of the Brookings Institution, which Mr. Peres attended. He was enthralled by the idea.

Mr. Peres, who is sometimes dismissed as a dreamer by more cynical Israelis, has in the past embraced and helped to develop some successful notions — like Israel’s nuclear weapons program. He is a strong believer in Israel’s mission to better the world, he says, and not simply sell arms to it. Israel is the 11th-largest arms exporter, as measured by dollar sales, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Mr. Peres, who knew Mr. Agassi’s father, said in an interview that after hearing Shai Agassi speak: “I called him in and said, ‘Shai, now what?’ I said that now is the time for him to implement his idea, and I spoke to our prime minister and other officials and convinced them that this is a great opportunity.”

“Oil is becoming the greatest problem of our time,” Mr. Peres said in an interview in his office. Not only does it pollute, but “it also supports terror and violence from Venezuela to Iran.”

“Israel can’t become a major industrial country, but it can become a daring world laboratory and a pilot plant for new ideas, like the electric car,” he said.

Mr. Peres sees this project as part of his “green vision” for Israel, arguing that what the nation may lose in tax revenue it will save in oil. He also supports a larger investment in solar power, saying that “the Saudis don’t control the sun.”

Mr. Ofer wants profits, but also thinks the project will help the environment, especially in developing countries. “China is on a very dangerous march from bicycles to cars without any notion of what they’re doing to this planet in terms of air,” he said.

And in Mumbai, he said, “you can’t even see the sky.”

James D. Wolfensohn, the former World Bank president, is a modest investor in the project.

“Israel is a perfect test tube” for the electric car, he said. “The beauty of this is that you have a real place where you can get real human reactions. In Israel they can control the externalities and give it a chance to flourish or fail. It needs to be tested, and Agassi is to be commended for testing it and the Israeli government for trying it.”

Friday, February 16, 2007

Yes, but who has the patience to wait until 2022?

Yes, but who has the patience to wait until 2022?

By Ami Ginsburg

Nine hundred percent in 15 years is the yield of investment of the Tel Aviv 100 index in January 1992, when the index stood at 100 points, until February 14, 2007, when it first crossed the four-digit line.

Nine hundred percent makes for an annual average of 15.7 percent. If we deduct the rate of inflation during this period, an average of 5.2 percent annually, the average real yield on investment in the Tel Aviv stock exchange was 10.5-11 percent yearly. Would you like such a yield on your own savings? It's safe to say that the answer is yes.

And just think about all the upheavals Israel and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange have undergone. Two bubbles, two wars, six elections, seven prime ministers and about the same number of finance ministers.

And despite it all, whoever put their money in the TASE 15 years ago and left it there, increased their investment ten-fold. Why? Because the stock exchange has rules of its own, and is more closely related to the performance of companies than it is to the identities of prime ministers and finance ministers.

And now for a secret. On the average, over time, stock markets go up, and earn more, than any other investment.

The recipe for profiting from the market is a simple one: You need to stick around for a long time. Through bad times and good. This is true not only for the Israeli market. Had someone invested in the Dow Jones index, for instance, in 1992, rather than the TA-100, he would have earned a nice annual yield of 15.5 percent. One anomaly is the Japanese stock market, which earned its investors an average yield of only 4 percent.

With stocks there is also a risk of no earnings at all, even over an extended period. This is precisely the reason to spread your investment portfolio. In a well-spread portfolio, the meager earnings of the Japanese stock exchange would hardly be noticeable.

Beyond patience and self-discipline, you need to cultivate conservatism in investment in shares as well, and not be seduced by fads. It's not always easy to recognize a financial bubble, but sometimes they just scream out, and one need only listen.

Just to clarify, the Israeli market is showing no signs of a financial bubble. Not at all. But price levels are not low. On a stock market that goes up 230 percent in four years on a regular basis, even when the increases are backed up by real, solid economic data, it's worthwhile to be careful. It could keep going up, but it may begin to fluctuate more.

The long-term perspective shows that at times like this, it doesn't hurt to take a conservative position. It can't hurt to spread stock investments over various countries. Even if you have the patience to wait until 2022.

from HaAretz Newspaper

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Top Ten Investment Tips to get ready for the Moshiach Era

By the grace of G-d
The Kosher Top 10

Top Ten Investment Tips to get ready for the Moshiach Era
by Zev from Jerusalem


10. Stay away from defense and biotech companies: stock prices are going to plummet once war is abolished and the sick are miraculously healed.

9. Corner the commodities market on frankincense, myrrh, techelet...

8. Buy Israeli real estate. Prices are going to skyrocket when the dead come back to occupy the land. (For the best bargains, grab up land in the "occupied territories"- namely Jordan, Iraq, Syria...)

7. Sell swords, buy plowshares.

6. Make friends with as many Cohanim as possible. With proper planning, you could eat BBQ every day for the next thousand years!

5. A ticket to Israel. Duh!

4. If you are a media mogul, buy broadcast rights in the Beit Hamikdash. Succot services will get better ratings than the Super Bowl!

3. Get in on The amount of people bidding on things such as the shofar used by Moshiach, Moshaich's robe, Moshiach's donkey's dung are going to be insane. Fakes and replicas are gonna drive this industry to the max.

2. Torah and mitzvot have always been considered surefire blue chip assets.

1. Who cares about investing. Aren't the Goyim supposed to support us?


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L. W. C.
This concept was my idea over a year ago, and I specifically mentioned #10 to friends as early as January 2003. I sincerely hope this helps,

From CH
sell airline stocks, airplanes will be replaced by new hi-tech clouds and eagle wings, causing the few remaining airlines to go bankrupt

From Jonathan Z., Los Angeles, CA
- Invest in media. CNN will eat this up 24/7, that is until the Kobe Bryant Case begins.
- Invest in commodities (just not pork). If what they say is true, and the B"M sacrifces thousands of animals a day. The livestock industry is going to be huge.
- Invest in obgyn medical practices. The intense trauma in seeing all this will call for 2 things: 1) increase in births 2) Increase in conversions -- and they need circusmisions to get in the club
- Invest in the candle industry. If every jew needs to light shabbos candles, that place in Tzfat with the bees wax is gonna make a killing.
- If the Dead are going to be revived, that makes the term Life Insurance tough to understand. Might want to look into the fine print on those policies
- Invest in Plastic Surgury/Dentistry - the undead are gonna need alot of dental work.
- Invest in ulpan/language co's. Every single jew in the world needs a refresher course in Hebrew.
(While the above is reprinted from the Jewish humor site at least some of the tips here are dead on. :-)
Long Live our Master our Teacher and our Rebbe King Moshiach Forever and Ever!

Thursday, May 19, 2005


By the grace of G-d
Shalom uBrocha!
The Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches that we are now living in the age of Moshiach and redemption.The Rebbe teaches that the world is being transformed to a more perfect state as explained in the prophecies of the Tanach (Bible) about the time of redemption. Wealth can be used in many positives ways. For example when asked why did he helped to discover gold and diamonds in Australia the Rebbe explained that very soon they'll be used for the construction of the 3rd Holy Temple in Yerushalaim (Jerusalem).
I have studied the Rebbe's teachings and saw the fulfillment of his many prophecies for the last 15 years thus among other things I have gained some insight to see which types of
investments are most likely to succeed and in the past I have many succesfull predictions based on this knowlege.However I haven't been able to benifit from it personaly since I had no money to invest. Now I'd like to use my knowlege of this subject for your benifit.
I'm going to use this blog to list various companies comodities curencies and other investment opportunities and explain how they are connected to Moshiach and redemption.
1st of all there are a number of companies which are built based on the Rebbe's prophecies or have his blessing to succeed for example Shefa Yamim - exploration for Diamonds, Precious stones and Gold in the Zevulun Valley along the Qishone River in the North of the land of Israel (Haifa), according to the prophetic statement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, King Mashiach
and Givot Olam Oil Limited which has the Rebbe's holy blessing see:
Besides that there are prophecies of the Rebbe said in 5751-1991 about the current in Iraq and the global war on teror (using these prophecies I was able to earn 400% paper gains by trading curencies in a game trading account making just a few long-term trades)
And to advice people to adjust their investments almost 2 years in advance of the War in Iraq based on the certainty of the fulfillment of the Rebbe's prophecies relating to this war.
Besides posting my investment tips I'm thinking of using this domain to prommote an investment trust I'm planning to create to take advantage of investment opportunities connected to the time of Moshiach and redemption (geula) we are living in now.
I am also thinking of posting info related to affiliate marketing programs and other opportunities connected to the prophecies of the messianic age.
To learn more about this check this blog often for new updates.
With respect and blessing:
Ariel Sokolovsky
PS: Check out my other sites:
Disclaimer:Any information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not an investment advice.I may hold positions in the investments I'm recomending. If this is the case will disclose it here.
Long Live our Master our Teacher and our Rebbe King Moshiach Forever and Ever!