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Chromagen Solar Energy Systems, a leading Israeli player in the field of alternative energy has won exclusive rights to represent, in Israel, Sol Energy Hellas, the Greek energy company that developed the first "energy autonomous" building in the world.
"We have already suggested to a number of hotels in Israel to use solar energy for the cooling of buildings to be more energy efficient," Hagai Sheffer, CEO of Chromagen told The Jerusalem Post. "The problem in Israel is that there is very little awareness of the usage of sources of alternative energy compared with other countries such as Germany. At the same time, costs are still not very economical and therefore alternative energy projects need to be subsidized."
This month, the first building with its own autonomous energy supply developed by Sol Energy Hellas was inaugurated in Athens. The five-story building in Athens draws more than 95 percent of its energy needs from solar and geothermal energy installations for cooling and heating. The new Athens block captures the power of the sun and uses it primarily to cool down the building. In cold weather, hot water stored at the end of the summer is used to heat the block.
Similar to Israel, most energy consumption in Greek houses and apartments comes from air conditioning during the long, hot summers.
Meanwhile, the Israel Export Institute believes Greece could become the next "gold mine" for the Israeli hi-tech industry, as the European Union is planning to provide Greece with a grant of â‚¬25 billion for the development of infrastructures, communication and software systems, environment, agrotechnology and the cleantech industry.
"As a result, Israeli hi-tech exports to Greece can be expected to more than double to $65 million within the next two to three years," said David Artzi, Chairman of the Israel Export Institute. "There are great opportunities and demand for Israeli technologies and communication infrastructures and as such they have the potential to take a central part in the projects in Greece." Heading an Israeli business delegation of eight companies at the international hi-tech conference in Greece last week, the Israeli participants met with their Greek counterparts to cooperate to build infrastructures in an effort to enter the communications market more aggressively. Among the Israeli businesses were Rotam Industries, MetalPress, WebHouse and TLD.
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