US-Israel programme awards USD 4.8m to clean-tech R&D projects

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November 6 (Renewables Now) - Five US-Israeli energy research and development (R&D) projects will receive USD 4.8 million (EUR 4.1m) in grants from the US Department of Energy (DoE), and Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE) and the Israel Innovation Authority.  

The projects, which are supported under the ninth annual selection of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy programme, are in the areas of hydrogen storage, advanced biofuels, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency. Including cost sharing, their total value is USD 10.5 million, DoE said last week.

The five selected projects are listed below: 

US partner Israeli partner Project
Power Authority of the State of New York Brenmiller Energy Ltd of Rosh Ha'ayin to develop high temperature storage based in combined heat and power (CHP)
AdvanceBio LLC of Milford, Ohio CelDezyner Ltd of Rehovot to develop a process for production of ethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks
ALD NanoSolutions Inc of Broomfield, Colorado QDM Ltd of Rehovot to develop third generation high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables
Detroit Bikes of Detroit, Michigan SoftWheel Ltd of Tel Aviv to develop an energy-efficient, low-maintenance, high-performance bicycle
Triton Systems Inc of Chelmsford, Massachusetts TerraGenic Ltd of Kadima to develop a safe hydrogen transport and storage system

BIRD Energy has so far provided about USD 30 million to 37 projects, including the latest winners, which have raised more than USD 200 million in follow-on funding to commercialise clean energy technologies.  

The programme is designed to stimulate cooperation between Israeli and US companies through funding joint R&D in technologies such as solar, wind, biofuels, energy storage, fuel cells, smart grid, and water and energy efficiency.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.861)

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