US and Israeli energy departments fund eight innovation projects

Eight more energy innovation projects from Israel and the US are set to benefit from funding released through the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy programme.

The BIRD initiative will leverage $7.15 million in funding issued by the US Department of Energy, Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority to assist the eight projects.

The announced funding will be combined with an existing $10.25 million to ensure $17.4 million is available for sharing between the selected projects.

The projects will conduct research and development in the areas of energy storage, eco-engineered concrete, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency.

The eight approved projects are:

Addionics IL Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc. (Northboro, MA) will develop high-power, high-capacity solid-state batteries with novel electrode components.
ECOncrete Tech Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) and LafargeHolcim (US) Inc. (Chicago, IL) will develop an eco-engineered concrete product for structurally sound scour protection and ecological uplift of offshore wind energy infrastructure.
Eviation Tech Ltd. (Kadima, Israel) and AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) will develop electric aircraft battery.
POCellTech Ltd. (Caesarea, Israel) and W7energy LLC (Wilmington, DE) will develop a low-cost fuel cell system based on hydroxide exchange membranes.
StoreDot Ltd. (Herzliya, Israel) and Nanoramic Laboratories (Boston, MA) will develop an ultra-fast charging power bank for mobile devices.
Tadiran Batteries Ltd. (Kiryat Ekron, Israel) and Hit Nano Inc. (Bordentown, NJ) will develop silicon anode, nickel rich cathode, high-energy high-safety AA Li-Ion Cell for industrial internet of things applications (IIOT).
TurboGen (Ramat Gan, Israel) and En-Power Group (White Plains, NY) will develop next-generation heat and power solutions.
VisIC Technologies Ltd. (Nes Ziona, Israel) and Vepco Technologies (Chino, CA) will develop an 80kW Gallium Nitride (GaN) based dual-motor drive power inverter for both plug-in and battery electric vehicles.

US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, said: “The BIRD Energy programme fosters collaboration between US and Israeli companies that have produced real innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“This partnership continues to build bilateral relationships that will benefit our economies and environment for years to come.”

The BIRD Energy programme has funded 55 projects, including the projects announced today, with a total government investment of approximately $42 million in addition to approximately $55 million in funds matched by the private sector.
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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.

Qualified projects must contribute at least 50% to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.