US – Israel backed initiative announces $15.4 million clean energy technologies funding


The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy programme has announced $15.4 million in funding to support clean energy technology research and development projects.

BIRD is an initiative of the US Department of Energy, Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority.

Some seven projects have been selected to share the funding and cooperate in developing technologies that would help the two countries to address energy sector challenges.

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Projects will focus on commercialising clean energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs and support innovative companies.

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 optimise energy efficiency.
  • 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. 

To date, 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. 

US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said: “To date, this innovative programme has commercialised seven new clean 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 the continued success of the programme.”

Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority, said: “Promoting innovations 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. ”