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)