The US will fund $7m for the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) clean energy partnership with Israel and eight projects will access an additional $10.25m in cost-sharing. The $17.4m projects cover electricity storage, eco-engineered concrete, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency.
“The BIRD Energy program fosters collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies that have produced real innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency," said Dan Brouillette, Secretary of Energy. "This partnership continues to build bilateral relationships that will benefit our economies and environment for years to come."
The eight approved clean energy projects include 3D battery materials company Addionics, working with the US Ceramics & Plastics subsidiary of Saint-Gobain in France to develop high-power, high-capacity solid-state batteries with novel electrode components.
Other battery projects include Eviation Tech in Kadima, Israel working with AVL Powertrain Engineering on an electric aircraft battery, while StoreDot will work with Nanoramic Laboratories to develop an ultra-fast charging power bank for mobile devices and Tadiran Batteries in Kiryat Ekron, Israel is working with Hit Nano in Bordentown, NJ, on a silicon anode, nickel rich cathode, high-energy high-safety AA Li-Ion Cell for industrial internet of things applications (IIoT).
POCellTech in Caesarea, Israel, along with W7energy in Wilmington will develop a low-cost fuel cell system based on hydroxide exchange membranes, while ECOncrete Tech in Tel Aviv and LafargeHolcim in Chicago will develop an eco-engineered concrete product for offshore wind energy infrastructure.
Finally, VisIC Technologies is working with Vepco Technologies on an 80kW Gallium Nitride (GaN) based dual motor drive power invertor for both plug-in and battery electric vehicles.
Clean energy 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. Since its inception in 2009, the BIRD Energy program has funded 55 projects with $42m in addition to approximately