Genesis Morocco: 8 Israeli Companies Win Global Cleantech Award for 2011

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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8 Israeli Companies Win Global Cleantech Award for 2011

Personal Notes :  I have brushed repeatedly in the past on the unique qualifications of Israel in the fields of renewable energy and water desalination. They are confirming their place as the regions leaders. As the article below states, no other Arab or Middle East company is present in the listing established by the CleanTech group. 

Should we lament the fact, or be content with it ? I would say neither, people get what they deserve and work for, as for being content about the fact that no Arab company is represented, I say that being content with it is plain wrong. We need to see research take place and that research translate into marketable technology. 

If repetition serves a purpose I stated in the past that the political situation makes the whole region lose big. It is tough if not impossible for Israeli companies to enter our market, whereas we could definitely use their technologies. As a matter of fact, we are already I believe. There is no need to be hypocritical about it, all those Middle East kingdoms desalination stations are using Israeli patents. 

Now the question is how long will the situation go on ? As long as we allow it. The central tragedy of the Israeli Arab conflict, has been a long list of misunderstandings, betrayals, and missed opportunities from both sides. The thing is we as individuals tend to learn and move on, whereas what I see is people content with sitting on their hands, until it is too late to help but pass on the situation to the next generation to deal with.  

At any rate, congratulations to the Israeli winners for this consecration. 

Israeli clean tech innovators comprise 8 percent of the world’s best clean tech companies according to this 2011 award.

It’s the third year running that the Cleantech Group has put together its Global Cleantech 100. Last year, 7 Israeli companies were on the list. This year we see some repeats, with 8 on the list if you include BrightSource, Greenroad Technologies and Better Place –– both founded by Israelis but with operations in the USA. I have interviewed them all in the past.

The Israelis winners are:

Better Place
GreenRoad Technologies
Tigo Energy

Company of the year was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company with no negative votes from the expert panel. In the Europe/Israel region TaKaDu, an SaaS water monitoring solution for utilities, won the prize. A couple more Israeli companies got accolades: BrightSource Energy, developer of solar thermal power systems, won the Continued Excellence award, given to the highest-ranked of companies that have made it onto the Global Cleantech 100 list for all three consecutive years.

Emefcy, a wastewater treatment company, won the award for Early Stage Company of the Year, given to the highest-ranked pre-revenue company.

There are no other companies from the Middle East region on the list. Nor are there companies with Middle East or Arab roots that Green Prophet is aware of.

Click here for report (PDF) —> cleantech-100

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KSA logs biggest number of patents in Arab world

JEDDAH – Saudi Arabia leads the Arab world in having the biggest number of patents at 147 patents to its credit, figures from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) showed.

The United Arab Emirates followed with 39 patents filed last year from 30 in 20120.

The UAE is followed by Morocco (17) and Kuwait ranks third among the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries with four patents.

Saudi Arabia had the most patent filings with 78 followed by the UAE with 29, Qatar with 7, Oman with 4 while Kuwait and Bahrain with nothing last year.

Among the Gulf countries, Qatar had the biggest year-on-year growth of 600 percent followed by Oman with 100 percent while UAE had a marginal growth of 3.57 percent.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia had the biggest year-on-year growth of 16.66 percent in 2009.

“After the 2009 economic crisis, overall global Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings recovered slightly last year almost reaching the 2008 level,” Francis Gurry, Director of WIPO, said.

He said the fast growth rates from East Asia reflect acceleration in the geographic diversification of innovative activities. This trend has many implications, not least an increased linguistic diversity of the technology that patent offices use as a basis for determining whether an invention is patentable.

The filing of a patent application is the first step before the technology is used for commercial purposes.

The total number of patents recorded in the world in 2011 was 181,900, an increase of 10.7 percent, compared to 2010.

Statistics from a GCC office on intellectual property rights (IPR) indicate there are 21,121 applications for patent, of which 922 are of this year. Of these 1,291 have already been granted approval.

“The recovery in international patent filings that we saw in 2010 gained strength in 2011,” Gurry further said. “This underlines the important role played by the PCT system in a world where innovation is an increasingly important feature of economic strategy. It also shows that companies have been continuing to innovate in 2011 – reassuring news in times of persistent economic uncertainty.”

Attesting to the rapid growth of the PCT system, 2011 also saw the filing of the two millionth PCT application, by US-based mobile technology company Qualcomm.

Among the top filing countries, PCT applications from China (+33.4 percent), Japan (+21 percent), Canada (+8.3 percent), the Republic of Korea (+8 percent) and the US (+8 percent) saw the fastest growth in 2011. European countries witnessed a mixed performance, with Switzerland (+7.3 percent), France (+5.8 percent), Germany (+5.7 percent) and Sweden (+4.6 percent) experiencing growth, and the Netherlands (-14 percent), Finland (-2.7 percent), Spain (-2.7 percent) and the United Kingdom (-1 percent) seeing declines. The large middle-income economies of the Russian Federation (+20.8 percent), Brazil (+17.2 percent) and India (+11.2 percent) recorded double-digit filing growth.

The US with 48,596 filings remains the largest user of the PCT system, followed by Japan (38,888), Germany (18,568) and China (16,406). However, the US (-0.7 percent) and Germany (-0.5 percent) saw drop in their shares of total filings, while China (+1.5) and Japan (+1.8) each increased their share by more than a percentage point. – SG __

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