07/05/2012 03:57–Israel and China are not yet maximizing their huge potential for collaborations in solar energy development and other cleantech innovations, according to experts.
“I know there’s a lot of exchange between Chinese and Israeli companies,” Holly Wu, vice president for marketing at China-based Suntech Power – the world’s, and Israel’s, largest supplier of photovoltaic solar panels – told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “I don’t see any popular Israeli technologies successful in China.”
Wu was speaking following a short afternoon panel moderated by Tal Reshef of the Asia-Israel Business Forum, at the 16th annual International Cleantech Exhibition. Wu and her fellow panelists stressed the need for more cooperation between the two countries in developing and manufacturing solar and other green technology.
“Israel has been the fastest country in this region to adopt solar energy [for] many reasons, but one is that the sun is so generous here. It is really a pity not to harness this solar energy resource,” she said during the panel discussion.
“Israel itself may have its limits, but the Israeli people are not just active in Israel – they are really brave and entrepreneurial and act in all parts of the world.”
In the hope that this activity will spread more to China, Wu said, Suntech’s chief technology officer, Dr. Stuart Wenham, is in Israel for a series of government, corporate and scientific meetings.
“We know that Israeli work is renowned for its advanced technology – part of our visit is to explore Israeli technology,” Wenham told the Post Wednesday. “Suntech is always looking for technological innovations that can boost panel efficiency. We’ve met with several government agencies as well, to emphasize photovoltaic technology’s strength in desert climates.”…Read More>>