BIRD Energy to Invest $6.4 Million in Cooperative Israel-U.S. Clean Energy Projects

The total value of the approved projects is $15.4 million in the areas of Biomass, Fuel Cells, Natural Gas, Water-Energy Nexus and Energy Efficiency

CHANGCHUN, China, December. 30, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive $6.4 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The total value of the projects is $15.4 million, which includes $9 million of cost share from the companies selected for funding.

BIRD Energy began in 2009 as a result of the Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007. Since then and including the projects announced today,
BIRD Energy has funded forty-nine projects with a total government investment
of approximately $38 million, in addition to the $49 million in matching funds
coming from the private sector.

Each project is conducted by a U.S. and an Israeli partner. Selected
projects address energy challenges and opportunities that are of interest to
both countries and focus on commercializing clean energy technologies that
improve economic competitiveness, create jobs and support innovative companies.

Dan Brouillette, U.S. Secretary of Energy, said: "The BIRD Energy program continues to deliver results, to
the benefit of both the United States and Israel.  The innovative clean
energy companies awarded to date have commercialized seven new energy
technologies and attracted more than $450 million in follow on investment,
creating jobs in both countries. I'm excited by the prospect of awardees
announced today to contribute to continued success of the program."

Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel's Minister of Energy, said: "The BIRD Foundation is a successful
collaboration framework in R&D and innovation between the Israel Ministry
of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy. This collaboration enables both
countries to promote joint development of technologies in diversified areas,
and bringing them to commercialization in a short time."

Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority, said: "Promoting innovation in the field of clean
energy technologies is a joint goal of the Israel Innovation Authority, and the
U.S.. This collaboration brings significant value for the development of the
cleantech industry in both countries as well as the promotion of additional
sectors through effective energy management. The joint projects that have won
this round of financing presented promising technological innovations that
address clean energy challenges in both countries and worldwide."

Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, said: "Funding received from the BIRD Energy
program, enables partnerships between the U.S. and Israel to develop jointly
innovative alternative energy technologies and energy efficiency solutions,
contributing to the economies and the sustainability goals of both countries.
The BIRD Foundation is proud to cultivate and support U.S.-Israel energy
partnerships between entrepreneurs, established companies and research
institutions of both countries."

The seven approved projects are:

  • Chakratec Ltd. (Lod, Israel) and Blink Charging Co. (Miami Beach, FL) will develop and demonstrate boosting EV charging through energy storage system.
  • EcoPlant Technological Innovation Ltd. (Kibbutz Gevim, Israel) and Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc. (Louisville, KY) will develop a novel solution to optimize energy efficiency and improve the quality of compressed air systems for the food & beverage industry.
  • Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel)) and Ballard Unmanned Systems Inc.  (Southborough, MA), will develop a hydrogen powered vertical take-off and landing drone for long endurance and zero emission.
  • Eta-Bar Ltd. (Petach-Tikva, Israel) and Adesto Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, CA), will develop an efficient power supply for grid connected electronic devices.
  • Exency Ltd. (Sderot, Israel) and Brayton Energy, LLC (Hampton, NH), will develop a low cost and high efficiency solid biomass and solid waste fueled electricity generation system.
  • Netafim Irrigation (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Polaris Energy Services (San Luis Obispo, CA), will develop an integrated irrigation & energy management system.
  • Ramot at Tel-Aviv University Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Gas Technologies LLC (Walloon Lake, MI), will develop scalable production of a novel methane dry reforming catalyst and its implementation into a synthetic fuel plant.

Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one U.S. and
one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a
university or research institution from the other. The partners must present a
project that involves innovation in the area of energy and is of mutual
interest to both countries.  BIRD Energy has a rigorous review
process and selects the most technologically meritorious projects along with
those that are most likely to commercialize and bring about
significant impact. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50% to
project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial

SOURCE: The BIRD Foundation