It is a great honor for me to join the KORIL-RDF, a truly international R&D supporting
organization. For last ten years, the organization has grown both in the total fund size from
6 million to 12 million dollars in the term of every three years and in the number of the
approved joint projects to 117.
In spite of all the odds, I believe in the popular phrase, "a dream can come true." My dream
is to prepare the KORIL to its next stage, a highly intelligent organization that facilitates the
entrepreneurship of Korean and Israel, which will naturally bring positive effects on both countries' economies. It is only
possible when we know what your needs are and you put your passion in the joint projects to be successful. We will
listen to you, and please let us know what you have in mind.
We are on the same ship with the same goal, "to win," no matter how hard a storm comes in our path. Let's paddle
together for our next ten years.
Warmest regards & Shana Tova,
Tae Hoon Choi, Ph.D
Chief Executive, the KORIL-RDF
2012 Korea Delegation in Renewable Energy Sector (November 24~30, 2012)
The KORIL-RDF is now recruiting Korean delegation to Israel in order to explore new opportunities in the field of
renewable energy during the Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition 2012, held in Eilat, Israel.
“ the 5th International Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition will take place in Eilat, Israel,
November 27-29, 2012.
Each year the Eilat Eilot RE initiative hosts one of the world's most prominent renewable energy innovation
conferences. In 2011, over 2,000 leading figures from government, business, academia and NGOs attended the
conference. Guests and delegates from around the globe created a fruitful working atmosphere and enjoyed
productive business networking.
The 2012 conference will emphasize the global need for implementing a holistic approach in order to enable the
next phase of substantial penetration of alternative energy technologies into the global energy arena. The program
will include a variety of presentations, interactive discussions, side events and field trips dealing with topics such
as oil alternatives, smart grid, energy efficiency, EV, solar, wind and biogas as well as the required interaction with
bridge energy sources such as natural gas.”
World Water Congress & Exhibition, Busan Korea (Sept.16~21)
The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition was held in Busan, Korea this year. During the event, three Israeli
companies in the field and Prof. Avner Adin of Hebrew University participated in the conferences and had business
meetings with Korean companies.
On the last day of the event, a special seminar was arranged by KAIST KCI, Daejeon in order to introduce Israeli water
industry and its success stories through the water revitalization strategy.
Mr. Ofer Fohrer, First Secretary, Economic Affairs at the Israeli
embassy in Korea, overviewed Israeli water industry and Prof.
Adin gave his insights on Israeli water technology. Takadu, an innovative Israeli company in managing water networks,
showed its technological uniqueness and its interests in collaboration
with Korean companies and other entities.
Dr. Tae Hoon Choi, Chief Executive of the KORIL-RDF presented its
funding program to the participated Israeli and Korean companies on
the occasion. Dr. Choi emphasized the importance of the
technological collaboration between both Korean and Israeli
companies. He said, "The KORIL fund can be seed money for joint
R&D projects thus enabling partner companies to actually make
Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival
Chuseok is one of the two most important traditional holidays in Korea, along with the lunar
New Year, "Seollal." Whether you call it "hangawi," using the indigenous Korean word, or
Chuseok, from the Chinese characters "秋夕" meaning "autumn evening," the 15th day of
the eighth lunar month is a time for celebrating the harvest, and enjoying the full moon.
During Chuseok, Koreans traditionally gather together as a family to eat special holiday
foods and perform ancestral rites called "charye" and "seongmyo" to thank their ancestors for a successful harvest.
Families celebrate by cleaning their family grave sites and bowing as they offer the fruit of the harvest to their ancestors.
ICIC, Daedeok, KOREA (September 19-20, 2012, 2012)
2012 International Conference in Innovation Clusters in Daedeok (2012 ICIC Daedeok) was held from September 19 to
20 under the theme of Challenges of Innovation Clusters in an Era of Economic Uncertainty. Dr. Christian H.M. Ketels of
the Harvard Business School and Sirgoo Lee of Kakao Corporation were invited as keynote speakers of the event.
Kakao Talk is downloadable software application for mobile devices, whose daily users are up to 23 million this year.
Participants had discussed about various subjects such as paradigm shift by convergence, policy and strategies for the
development of innovation clusters, social innovation and clusters, and smart infrastructure for technology
The conference was hosted by INNOPOLIS Daedeok and the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy. INNOPOLIS
Daedeok, founded in 1973, is a cluster with world class infrastructure and human resources that is at the center of
Israel's New Year, from Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kipur to Sukkot
In Israel the autumn holidays begin on Rosh Hashanah - the New Year - in September and continue to Yom Kippur -
the Day of Atonement - and then on to Sukkot - the harvest festival also known as Tabernacles - ending in October.
It is the most sacred period of year in the Jewish calendar.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Its origin is Biblical (Lev. 23:23-25): “a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts [of the shofar, the ram’s horn].” The term Rosh Hashanah,
“beginning of the year,” is rabbinical, as are the formidable themes of the festival: repentance, preparation
for the day of Divine judgment, and prayer for a fruitful year. The two-day festival falls on 1-2 Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, usually September in the Gregorian calendar, and starts at sundown of the preceding
evening, as do all Jewish observances. Major customs of Rosh Hashanah include the sounding of the
shofar in the middle of a lengthy synagogue service that focuses on the festival themes, and elaborate
meals at home to inaugurate the new year. The prayer liturgy is augmented with prayers of repentance.
In many senses, Israel begins its year on Rosh Hashanah. Government correspondence, newspapers and most broadcasts carry the “Jewish date” first. Felicitations for the new year are generally tendered before Rosh Hashanah.
Yom Kippur, eight days after Rosh Hashanah, is the Day of Atonement, of Divine judgment, (Lev. 23:26-
32) so that the individual may be cleansed of sins. The only fast day decreed in the Bible, it is a time to
enumerate one’s misdeeds and contemplate one’s faults. The Jew is expected, on this day, to fast & pray
for forgiveness for sins between man and God and correct his wrongful actions against his fellow man.
The major precepts of Yom Kippur - a 25-hour fast & lengthy devotional services - are observed even by
much of the otherwise secular population. The level of public solemnity on Yom Kippur surpasses that of
any other festival, including Rosh Hashanah. The country comes to a complete halt for 25 hours on this
day; places of entertainment are closed, there are no television and radio broadcasts (not even the news),
public transport is suspended, and even the roads are empty. Yom Kippur in Israel has special meaning
due to memories of the 1973 war, a surprise attack launched by Egypt and Syria against Israel on that very
Sukkot, described in the Bible (Lev.23:34) as the “Feast of Tabernacles” begins five days after Yom
Kippur). Sukkot is one of the three festivals that were celebrated (until 70 CE) with mass pilgrimage to the
Temple in Jerusalem and are therefore known as the “pilgrimage festivals.” On Sukkot, Jews commemorate
the Exodus from Egypt (c. 13th century BCE) and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. At some kibbutzim, Sukkot is celebrated as Chag Ha’asif (the harvest festival), with the themes of the gathering of the second
grain crop and the autumn fruit, the start of the agricultural year, and the first rains.
In the five days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot, tens of thousands of householders and businesses erect sukkot - booths for temporary dwelling, resembling the booths in which the Israelites lived in the desert,
after their exodus from Egypt - and acquire the palm frond, citron, myrtle sprigs and willow branches with
which the festive prayer rite is augmented. All around the country, sukkot line parking lots, balconies,
rooftops, lawns, and public spaces. No army base lacks one. Some spend the festival and the next six days literally living
in their sukkot, while most observers just eat their meals there.
In Israel, the “holy day” portion of Sukkot (and the other two pilgrimage festivals, Passover and Shavuot) is celebrated
for one day. Diaspora communities celebrate it for two days, commemorating the time in antiquity when the beginning
of the month was determined at the Temple and reported to the Diaspora using a tenuous network of signal fires and
After the festive day, Sukkot continues at a lesser level of sanctity, as mandated by the Torah (Lev. 23:36). During this
intermediate week - half festival, half ordinary - schools are closed and many workplaces shut down or shorten their
hours. Most Israelis spend the interim days of Sukkot and Passover at recreation sites throughout the country.
The Israel Homeland Security 2012 (Israel HLS 2012), the 2nd international Conference will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel,
hosted by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labor and the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. Israel HLS
2012 will focus on today’s key homeland security issues: Cyber Security, securing smart cities, critical infrastructure
protection and emergency preparedness.
The Israeli Embassy in Korea is recruiting a Korean companies delegation, specifically organized for the area of
homeland security, during HLS 2012. The delegation will participate in the Conference and network with Israeli
companies in related areas.
You can find more information on Israel HLS 2012, click here.
For more information regarding the delegation event, please contact Sonia Kim, Commercial Officer, Economic Department of Embassy of Israel in Korea (Tel: +82-2-723-6125 / Fax: +82-2-739-9963
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Israeli efforts for solar energy usage
Arava Power Company is Israel’s leading solar developer and a pioneer in
mid-size and large-size solar fields using photovoltaic technology. Founded
in 2006, Arava Power seeks to supply 10% of Israel's electricity needs
through alliances with kibbutzim, Negev Bedouin and other land owners,
especially in the south of the country. In 2009, Siemens partnered with
Arava Power and invested $15 million to acquire a 40 percent stake in the
company. JNF-KKL is also an investor.
On June 5, 2011, Arava Power Company launched Israel's first commercial
solar field at Kibbutz Ketura – a 100 million NIS installation financed by Bank HaPoalim - and announced their planned
pipeline of over 400 megawatts, comprising an investment of approximately $1.5 billion. On February 7, 2012, Arava
Power announced that they had received a license for the Tarabin Solar Field, the first solar field for the Bedouin community. Financing for the $30 million Tarabin installation is to be provided by OPIC – the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation of the United States Government.
MogenceLab co.,Ltd MogenceLab co.,Ltd is venture company* pursuing SMART Biz with having core
technologies of SMART Convention, Interactive Technology and SMART Mobile
through performing various tasks on Research and Development (R&D)
including government project and Non government project. (System Integration)
* venture company means that the company investment costs for R&D is more than 50 Million won in Korea.
MogenceLab is seeking Israeli partners as follows:
- A technological company that has an image control processing and device interaction based on image cognition
- A SI company for MICE industry that has a technology of personalized marketing solution in same or other industries.
DryGair Energies Ltd
DryGair Energies Ltd. was established for the realization of the new technology
and transforming the patent into a commercial product. The shareholders: Misha
refrigeration Ltd. and Antan Group. DryGair, a combined dehumidifying and
heating unit, was designed to control interior climate conditions of the
greenhouse and maintain constant temperature and humidity conditions. The unit
uses the process of heating the greenhouse in an energetic efficient manner. The patent protected unit was planned
to substitute the conventional common methods used in greenhouses to keep the required climate conditions. Drygair
is seeking collaboration opportunities in Asia. The first stage would be to operate a unit in a greenhouse for testing &
adapting to local conditions of operation and analyzing the results in accordance with the local market. Drygair is
searching for a farmer and/or farm cooperatives to collaborate in such tests We will be happy to receive information
regarding the agriculture sector in Korea especially regarding greenhouses.