The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW) have selected six projects to receive $5.1 million under the 2015 Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.
Each project is conducted by a U.S. and an Israeli partner. Selected projects address 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.
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The selected projects will leverage private sector cost-share for a total project value of $11.3 million. This is the seventh round of funding for BIRD Energy which has approved 28 projects with a total investment of about $22 million (including the projects in the current annual cycle).
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz stated in an announcement published by the DOE: “
This partnership with Israel makes possible collaborative investments that move us closer to rigorous technology breakthroughs. These advancements are a key part of modernizing our energy infrastructure, enhancing our energy security, and mitigating the risks of global climate change.”
Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources said “The BIRD Energy program success is a result of a commitment by both governments which will work to expand the scope of the program to include additional areas of interest, such as natural gas technologies and cyber security of energy infrastructure. This year, several projects were selected in areas such as: renewable energy, energy efficiency and water energy nexus.”
“BIRD Energy has demonstrated significant added value and mutual benefit, supporting innovation on renewable energy and energy efficiency in both countries and providing critical funding for the success of the companies and their partnerships.” said Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of BIRD.
The six approved projects are:
· 3GSOLAR Photovoltaics Ltd (Jerusalem, Israel) and Arkema Inc. (King of Prussia, PA), will develop thin and flexible printed solar photovoltaics for wireless electronics.
· Ayyeka Technologies, Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel) and UIS Holdings, Inc. (Dexter, MI), will develop smart grid to distribution enclosures: out-of-the box remote metering, efficiency analytics and performance enhancement.
· Haogenplast Ltd. (Kibbutz Haogen, Israel) and Global Solar Energy, Inc. (Tucson, AZ), will develop solar energy production over water reservoirs.
· Pentalum Technologies Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) and Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX), will collaborate on the development of a light detection and ranging ( LiDAR) based wind farm controller and optimizer.
· Solaris-Synergy (Israel) Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel) and Pristine Sun LLC (San Francisco, CA), will collaborate on a utility scale, low-cost floating photovoltaic solar energy system for deployment on water.
· Yissum – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) and Applied Biomathematics, Inc. (Setauket, NY), will collaborate on technology to protect birds and bats near wind energy facilities.