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YEP field trip 2017: Day 6 - Last day

Hello again, and welcome to the last day of the electricity 2017 conference!

On the last day of the conference, the day began with an award cermony for the poster contest that was held in parallell to the conference. With four finalists in total, the prizes where dealt out, and the closing cermony for the young engineers seminar at the conference was brought to a close.

The personal pass for the conference.

While many of the participants choose to take transportation to Tel Aviv to catch their flights, I decided to stay in Eilat and catch the last day of the conference. There, I got the opportunity to once gain listen to Ricardo Klatovsky, vice president for solutions and energy & utilities at IBM. The title of his presentation was called “Innovation: Must or luxury” where he discussed why we, as engineers, need to innovate and more importantly, how to go about it. He put a great deal of emphasis on looking at the customer experience (as in, how will the product be used, and what does the customer want/experience) while discussing the field of the electrical engineer. With new discoveries roughly every other year (big data, AI etc) it is important to keep on the forefront to be competitive. However, it is also one of the most important things one needs to consider.

Ricardo Klatovsky, discussing the importance of customer experience.

After the morning sessions where completed, me and the people who stayed explored Eilat while discussing the subjects which had been brought up during the conference. As my flight to Stockholm will be tomorrow, I have looked back on what I’ve seen and heard during the last few days. While it has been a relatively short amount of time, it has been a wonderful and educating experience to explore how the question of energy is solved in Israel, to meet my fellow collegues of other European organisations and hear the words of many great people of our industry. An experience I would recommend for any young engineer to partake in, if the opportunity arises.

A shameless selfie at the end of the conference.

Thank you for following me on this trip, and I hope that it has been of some value to you.

Signing off

Anton ter Vehn
Student ambassador 2017

YEP field trip 2017: Day 5

Welcome to another exciting post about the Electric 2017 conference!

The second day at conference was a day filled with very interesting lectures and workshops. The day began with a lecture from Stefan Alwers which can be seen in the following link: Lecture

After the lecture, we had the pleasure of presenting the work we had during the workshop the last day. The subject which we discussed was:

  1. The Importance of Cyber Protection
  2. Interaction between renewable, cogeneration and classic energy production
  3. Startups: can they target niches & innovations and contribute to the changing energy market?
  4. Management of power production dispatch is a key building block in the smart grid concept
  5. Energy Efiiciency in the intelligent energy market
  6. Energy Storage
  7. Smart Homes

While the advantages and risks were many, the people participating did a huge contribution on their respective subjects.

Next up was the speaker Dimitry Perel, from the company Siemens. He took up the discussion about renewables in todays society, and how the world and Israel will adapt to this change of energy which is not “on demand”. This is a huge thing that need to be dealt with, although there is not a lot of noise about it.  To fix this, the society of the future must be one of cooperation, but also have a sustainable and viable solution when it comes to energy storage. For Israel, the main solution right now is power through natural gas, although while this works for now, how the country will deal with the energy in the future remains to be seen.

Mr. Perel presenting a map which plots the electricity productions plants of Israel, mostly gas ones.

Then Ronen Aharon, the CEO ABB Israel took the stage to talk about how renewable energy is changing our future and how we will adapt as electricty based technology takes a bigger part in our society. Consider for instance electrical cars. In todays society we have cars that can drive up to a range of 300km-500km. At the same time, todays fast dc chargers take 10-15 min to actually load a car. This provides a viable competition to the cars of today which mostly run on fossile fuel. Therefore there will be a huge demand on efficient motors, like the reluctance motor composed of ferrit, which has no copper losses. At the same time, these motors can provide a viable way to store energy from the electrical grid, which means that no energy is wasted. As such, there is a partial solution to the problem in regards to storing renewable energy, and it pushes the limit of how we use electricity today.

Ronen holding a interesting lecture about the future of electrical engineering products.

Lastly, we had the pleasure of having a lecture with Ricardo Klatovsky, vice president for solutions and energy & utilities, IBM. He held a lecture of what he would like his actual son to observe in the future (in the sense, advise from father to son), and how to be successful as an engineer. He shared many useful tips, such as: One should build a good theoretical foundation as an engineer, be more adaptive then the people around you, and try to by happy before you be successful. While it is hard to redescribe the lessons he told us about us, but it was one of the best lectures during the whole conference.

So that is all that happened during the 5th day of the YEP field trip. Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of the conference, and the last day in Israel!

Enjoying the beach in Eilat.

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Student ambassador SER

YEP field trip 2017: Day 4

The dead sea awaits!

For the fourth day of the YEP field trip, we finally had the pleasure of exploring two of the wonders of the world: Masada and the dead Sea!

From left to right: Dominik Czeschka, Chairman of YEP 2016/17. Malin Schmidt, Ressortleiterin Internationales und Kooperation. Mikael Pähn, SER member and IMC contender.

The day began at 5:00 am, as we decided to make the 300 meter long climb up to the ancient city of Masada. It was a city where the last refugees of Jewish nationalists fought against the romans, and in the end, decided to rather die than live as slaves. As such, the entire ruin of the castle was a wonder of history to explore. After making the climb, we watched the sunrise and explored the ruins, after returning to the bus to explore the next wonder: The dead sea, and the dead sea works.

Swimming in the dead sea (reading elektrotekniktidningen)

The dead sea works, is a venture that previously was of the Israel goverment, where they have established a factory to use the resource that is the dead sea. Here they manufacture magnesium, potash, and many other resources that are used across the globe (aswell as many health products).

The dead sea works

The plant, like many others in Israel was driven by its own gas/steam turbine cycle, which soon will have a capacity of 290MW in total. This is needed due to the energy consuming process of the dead sea works, but also because of the large amount of steam that they need to manufacture. With a USP system that can last for 30-60 minutes in event of a failure, the entire plant is one of engineering brilliance.

The conference at the Herods hotel, Eilat.

We then left the plant and finally went to the conference: Electricity 2017! Here we are gonna participating in workshops for the coming two days, discussing the future of the electrical grid and the problems and opportunities that come with it. While we were split up into groups, which concerned many different subjects (from power saving, sustainable socities etc) I was placed in a group which discussed how microgrids can be used in our future society. I will be excited to present to you followers just exactly what our conclusions will be in the following days.

Enjoying some merchandise

Finally, I hope you enjoyed another post of the YEP field trip, as we are about to draw to the conclusion of this short trip.

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Student ambassador SER

YEP field trip 2017: Day 3

Hello again!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the last two bloggposts, because here is the next entry!
On the third day of the field trip, we got the opportunity to see some biomechanical related areas in Israel through the hospital Hasaddah medical centre. The hospital is the biggest one in Israel, and close to their capital of Jerusalem. At the location, we got to observe how the electrical grid is constructed in such a manner that it could supply the energy to the hospital even during failure and breakdowns. While the presentation itself contained a great deal of information, it was unfortunently a bit to confusing to give you the same level of detail as you have seen in previous blogg posts. There was also a lack of insight into biomedical technology used in Israel, which unfortunently we where looking forward to.

The presentation at the health centre.

After we left the hospital, we continued on to the next company: SATEC. SATEC is a company which specialises in creating power equipment control and measurement systems, and is a major competitor to, for instance, ABB. The company was founded in 1987, as a way to integrate people which came to the western world after the iron curtain fell, and could therefore use a lot of the expertise that was blocked by this political barrier andt the cold war.

SATEC works on a lean based model, using modules which can be applied to many different systems in order for the customer to make valid conclusions about their own power consumtion. This ranged from cases where companies wanted to increase their efficiency, to how the police in the Netherlands try to implement their technology to detect when solar LEDs are used, to discover where there might be illegal plantations. In short, a global company with many interesting ideas, and anyone interested in electrical power systems should not hestitate to look further into the company: SATEC

THE BFM II expansion. A device based on an idea from SATEC and unique in its design.

Some of the partners SATEC work with.

Finally, the day ended with a visit to the capital of Jerusalem, where we visited many of the big religious sites of the city. Exploring this, we got to the see the “Dome of the rock” and the western wall. At this place, the people of the hebrew faith write their prayers on notes and put them inside the wall, as they are not allowed to enter the temple grounds. A very interesting and spectacular sight to behold.

The dome of the rock

The western wall in Jerusalem


We then continued on to the small place known as Masala, close to the dead see, where we will stay before heading to Eilat tomorrow and the conference Electricity 2017. Hope you stick around for this to hear about all of what the conference has to offer.

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Studentambassadör SER


YEP field trip 2017: Day 2

Hello again! Another day, another adventure!

On the second day of the field trip, we had the pleasure of visiting two companies which are on the edge of their field: Intel and Sorek! While intel is a quite famous company, Sorek is a company which specialises in the desalination of water. In essence: How to make salt water drinkable and usable for agriculture.

While heading there, we did however had the pleasure of stopping at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National park, where a great deal of history in regards to the history of the Jews can be found. From the catacombs to the living quarters, it gave an insight to how these people lived, and how they honored their dead.

Pivture shows a crypt from 400-300 B.C, in what is known as Bet Guvrin-Maresha National park.

At Intels factory in Israel, they actually construct their famous processors on silicon wafers. The transistors for these are of a size of 22nm, which is currently the smallest in the world. However, they are currently trying to reach a size of 10nm, but is quite difficult as they now work on a molecular level (the size is roughly 200 molecules). Really gives some perspective on how Moores law might stop eventually.

Mikael checking out 3D-glasses at the Intel factory.

As part of their production, Intel as five facilities in Israel, where they specialise on construction on wafers. This is quite essential for the nation, as it makes up 1% of the total GPD of Israel, and also because it is a country which focuses heavily on technology.  However, the creation of processors is a global one, as the process to make silicon is mainly done in Japan, and it takes several steps through several different countries for the product to reach the consumer.

Mikael Pähn, Henrik Norbäck and Erik Weihs

To make a processor at the facility usually takes around 35 days to complete, when working at high capacity. For new chips and technology, it might take up to 3 months. Due to this heavily detailed and intricate process, no person knows the it from beginning to end. After the wafer is complete, It’s performance is checked, and then sent out for sorting. As such, they can produce up to 10 000 wafers a week with a  98-99% yield. Certainly a very interesting look into production of processors and embedded systems!

The desalination plant, which provides fresh water to Israel.

Sorek however, while very different from Intel, provides another a big challenge for the electrical engineer. With around 150 000 000 cubic meters of water produced per year using reverse osmosis, it is an essential part of the infrastructure of Israel. Also, with decreasing rainwater in the region due to climate change, desalination aquifers for shore, mountain & lake sources has become quite widespread. This water goes to a great deal of different interests:  agriculture, industry & household use, where even 60% of water used in the agriculture comes from desalination. Israel currently hosts 5 plants in Israel, which can produce a total capacity of  590 000 000 cubic meters in a single year. This makes it the biggest way to produce fresh water to the nation, which is quite remarkable as it is an industry that was established in 2005. Now however, it dominates the industry.

The presentation at Sorek. The cylinder on the screen is the filters used to desalinate the water.

The pools which contains the water that is to be cleaned (and fish, apperently!)

To ensure that this is possible, the desalination plant not only has its own energy production from a gas/steam turbine cycle, it also requires a great deal of transformers, high voltage electrical engines and technology in regards to breakers and much more. To read more on the subject, please visit Soreks website: Sorek

So I hope that you have enjoyed this second blogg post in regards to our trip, and keep a lookout for the third which will come tomorrow!

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Student Ambassador SER

YEP field trip 2017: Day 1

Hello everyone,

My name is Anton ter Vehn, and this week you will be able to follow me and three Chalmers students: Henrik Nordbäck, Mikeal Pähn & Erik Weihs as we participate in the annual young engineers field trip of E.U.R.E.L. to Israel, where we will explore the technology of the country in regards to electrical engineering.

The field trip is a cooperation between the many organisations of EUREL, which means that it is an ideal place for getting contacts and friends all across Europe. As an electrical engineering student, it is an invaluable experience, both personally and professonally, and hopefully this blogg will show you why!

The country side of Israel, on the road from Eilat to Tel Aviv.

The day began when we left the city of Eilat, known as the tourist paradise of Israel, to go north towards Tel Aviv and visit a cement producer known as Nesher Israel Cement enterprises. It is one of the largest cement production facilties in the world, and it has its own production of electricity from natural gas. As it turns out, the nation of Israel mostly use this resource to generate electricity for their cities and factories, as major deposits have been discovered in the mediterranean region during recent years. Therefore, ther has been great investments in the area to make the nation energy independent.

The controll room of the Nesher Israel cement enterprises.

The powerplant itself works by a hybrid turbine system, using both gas and steam to generate electricity at high efficiency, with equipment from G.E, Siemens and of course ABB. This allows the cement plant not only be independent in their energy generation, but also to generate power to the electrical grid. This is quite important, since Israel is from the perspective of energy generation, an Island. Its power grid is not connected to the electrical grids of other nations, due to their position in the region and the world, which is quite different from how it is in Europe. A quite interesting problem, which will be discussed on Wednesday at the Electricity 2017 conference in Eilat.

Daila power station

The breaker room at Nesher cement plant

But with a total capability of 120MW, the power plant is not only a major resource for the cement production plant, one of the most improtant resources in Israel, but also a major factor to the stability and infrastructure of the region.




Later, we unfortunately had a change of plans and could not perform a visit which was planned to a solar power plant located in the region. Instead, we visited another gas power plant, which used turbines in a similar manner to generate electricity to the country. It really gave the perspective that the country is really dependent on is natural gas resources, but also raised the question: How can one increase the efficiency even more in these plants, and how can one build a sustainable grid from Israel to other nations in the future? Questions that, of course, will be discussed in the coming days.

The groups participating in the trip, with people from VDE (Germany), EZS (Solvenia), OVE (Austria) and SER.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this first peek at the field trip to Israel, and that you will keep following us during the coming days!

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Student ambassador SER