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The US 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 a $6 million investment.

The opportunity falls under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy programme.

Selected projects address energy challenges and opportunities of interest to both countries and focus on commercialising clean energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs and support innovative companies.

Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one US and one Israeli
company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research
institution from the other.

BIRD Energy began in 2009 as a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act of
2007. Since then, BIRD Energy has funded 43 projects, with a total investment of about
$34 million, including the most recent seven projects valued at $12.4 million.

Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, said: “The Department of Energy continues its
strong support for collaborative research with Israel through the BIRD Energy
programme. The programme brings together the brightest minds from innovative companies and institutes to develop and commercialise new energy technologies that deliver tangible economic benefits to both countries.”

Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister of Energy, said: “We feel very privileged to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of our binational programme with the DOE. The BIRD Energy programme is undoubtedly a success story of cooperation based on the strategic vision of the two economies. It also promotes partnerships among the most innovative companies, generating significant value and benefit for both countries. This success is a result of a true commitment by both governments who continuously seek opportunities to expand energy related collaboration that benefits both Israel and the U.S.”

The seven approved projects are:

  • Beam Semiconductors (Rehovot, Israel) and BannerSolar (Eagle, Idaho), will
    develop a 60GHz active phased array module for wireless gigabit applications with
    autonomous solar power supply & storage.
  • Brightmerge (Jerusalem, Israel) and Introspective Systems (Portland, Maine),
    will develop and test dynamic grid pricing with edge load responsive device
    control.
  • mPrest Systems (Petach Tikva, Israel) and Southern Company (Atlanta,
    Georgia), will develop integrated primary and secondary volt VAR control and
    conservation voltage reduction for the distributed grid.
  • Nostromo (Even Yehuda, Israel) and Centrica Business Solutions US, Inc.
    (Bellevue, Washington), will develop IceBrick - shifting the electricity grid's
    peak demand using disruptive ice-battery technology.
  • OneOPI (Herzliya, Israel) and Presidio (Albany, New York) will develop an
    automated simulation system and service for intelligent microgrid systems.
  • RazorLabs (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Exacter, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) will develop
    an AI based grid resiliency forecasting system.
  • Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) and
    Primus Power (Hayward, California), will develop a high energy density gridscale
    storage battery.

The companies 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 that selects the most technologically meritorious projects along with those that are likely to commercialise and have a significant impact. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50% to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.