The BIRD Foundation Endows $4 Million to 5 Israeli Projects

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The U.S. Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources have selected five projects to receive $4 million under the 2014 Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.

The five approved projects are:

Advanced MemTech (Ness Ziona, Israel) and Arkema (King of Prussia, PA), will develop a carbon nanotube composite membrane that is electrically conductive.

Aquanos (Shoshanat HaAmakin, Israel) and Aquagen ISI (South Yarmouth, MA), will collaborate on the development and commercialization of an algae-activated aerobic wastewater treatment technology.

Fridenson Logistics (Haifa, Israel) and ChargePoint (Campbell, CA), will develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected electric vehicle charging station.

NewCO2Fuels (Rehovot, Israel) and Acumentrics (Westwood, MA), will collaborate on the development of enhanced performance solid oxide fuels cells for dual application.

Silentium (Rehovot, Israel) and GE Energy (Houston, TX), will collaborate on the development of active noise control for power generation ventilation.
This partnership between Israel and the United States began as a result of the U.S.- Israel Energy Cooperation Initiative included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Israeli Government approval of the program in 2008. This is the sixth round of funding provided by BIRD Energy, since its establishment in 2009.

BIRD stated that each of the cooperative projects includes a U.S. and an Israeli partner and addresses energy challenges and opportunities of interest to both countries, while focusing on commercializing clean energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs, and support innovative companies. The selected projects will leverage private sector cost-share for a total project value of $10.3 million. This is the sixth year for BIRD Energy which has, so far, approved 22 projects with a total investment of about $18 million (including the projects in this cycle).

The BIRD Foundation works to encourage cooperation between Israeli and American companies in a wide range of technology sectors by providing funding and assistance in facilitating strategic partnerships for developing joint products or technologies.

Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of BIRD stated, “We are pleased to see a continuous flow of joint U.S.-Israel innovation to further develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Projects awarded under the BIRD Energy partnership have already delivered new commercialized technologies, attracted follow investment, and contributed to job growth in both countries.”

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