In partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced US$4.8 million for five energy projects as part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) energy programme. The projects will leverage cost-share for a total project value of US$10.5 million in hydrogen storage, advanced biofuels, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency.
This announcement builds on the ongoing cooperation between DOE and MOE under the US. Israel Energy Dialogue, which brings together experts from both nations to encourage innovation of sustainable energy technologies, explore the energy-water nexus, and enhance energy cybersecurity.
BIRD Energy began in 2009 as a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Since then, it has funded 37 projects with a total investment of approximately US$30 million, including the five recently-announced projects. The programme encourages cooperation between Israeli and American companies through funding joint research and development in a range of technologies.
Over the last seven years, four BIRD Energy projects have reached the commercialisation stage, including a self-powered wireless sensor for monitoring energy use in buildings, a new enzyme for the production of biodiesel, a utility scale solar concentrated photovoltaic system employing a new active cooling module, and a new system to facilitate wind speed and power output forecasting for wind generation.
Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one US and one Israeli company, or a company in one of the countries paired with a university or research institution in the other. The companies must present a project that involves innovation in the area of sustainable and clean energy and is of mutual interest to both countries.
The five recently-approved projects are: