U.S., Israel partner on energy projects


As part of a cooperative effort, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MEW) have selected four projects to receive $3.5 million under the 2012 Bi-national Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.

Each project addresses energy challenges and opportunities of interest to both countries, specifically the commercialization of clean energy, and will leverage private sector cost-share for a total project value of more than $10 million.

"In a global market which is becoming increasingly challenging for young renewable energy companies, partnering is critical to accelerate development and reduce risks," said Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, executive director with BIRD.

The projects include:

  • A Hydrogen-Halogen Regenerative Fuel Cell utilizing a flexible architecture that provides low cost, transportable, modular energy storage capability
  • High-energy, rechargeable magnesiusm batteries, which are superior to Li-ion technology in size, weight, lifetime and cost
  • A concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system, based on an innovative, actively-cooled CPV module
  • Electricity producing solar windows of high transparency and insulation.

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