Israel and U.S. Cooperate on Renewables

We may be getting close to negotiations between the U.S., Israel and the Palestinians. While we wait for those talks to begin, we can at least partner on other, less politically volatile things, right?

Under an agreement between the Americans and the Israelis, $4.2 million has been made available for cooperative clean energy research projects. The program, called “BIRD Energy,” was created to promote cross-border innovation among companies in the renewables sector.

The U.S. – Israel Energy Cooperation Program was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and was approved by the Israeli Government in 2008.

The five projects selected for award help address critical shared bilateral energy-related goals, and will leverage private sector cost-share for a total project value of $12.8 million.

They include:

  • HCL CleanTech Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel and Virent Energy Systems, Madison, Wisconsin: will develop and test a process to produce biogasoline from cellulosic non-food sources.
  • IQwind Ltd., Bazra, Israel and Ricardo, Inc., Detroit, Michigan will design, test, and commercialize a variable ratio wind turbine gearbox.
  • OMAT Ltd., Jerusalem, Israel and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc., Scranton, Pennsylvania will develop and implement a system to monitor, control, and economize energy consumption in metal machining industries.
  • Panoramic Power, Ltd., Kidron, Israel, and Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (MNLB), San Francisco, CA will develop and pilot self-powered, wireless current sensor that will facilitate load management strategies in commercial buildings.
  • Ram Power, Ltd., Herzliya Pituach, Israel and Turbine Air System (TAS), Houston, TX will develop, engineer, and commercialize an integrated cycle power block that will improve the efficiency of solar thermal power plants and reduce the need for water cooling.
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