US Energy Department announces five new projects in partnership with Israel

Published on November 03, 2017 by Kevin Randolph

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Wednesday five new projects to be completed in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority through the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.

The projects will deal with issues related to hydrogen storage, advanced biofuels, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency. They will receive a total of $10.5 million in funding with $4.8 million coming from DOE.

These projects represent the ninth annual selection of BIRD Energy projects, which promote energy innovation, economic security, and bilateral cooperation.

“The BIRD Foundation has served as a matchmaker to develop partnerships between U.S. and Israeli researchers at the forefront of technology across the industrial spectrum,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said. “This kind of collaboration will be mutually beneficial and allow both countries to achieve their economic and energy security goals.”

With Wednesday’s announcement, Brenmiller Energy Ltd. of Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, and Power Authority of the State of New York, based in White Plains, New York, will develop high-temperature storage based on combined heat and power (CHP).

CelDezyner Ltd. of Rehovot, Israel, and AdvanceBio LLC of Milford, Ohio, will develop a process for the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

QDM Ltd. of Rehovot, Israel, and Broomfield, Colorado’s ALD NanoSolutions Inc. will develop third-generation high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables.

SoftWheel Ltd., based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Detroit Bikes of Detroit, Michigan, will develop an energy-efficient, low-maintenance, high-performance bicycle.

TerraGenic Ltd. from Kadima, Israel, and Triton Systems, Inc. of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, will develop a safe hydrogen transport and storage system.