The approved projects will leverage $10.25 million in cost-share for a total project value of $17.4 million in the areas of 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," says U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. "This partnership continues to build bilateral relationships that will benefit our economies and environment for years to come."
The program brings together experts from both nations to drive innovation in renewable energy, energy storage, energy infrastructure cybersecurity, the energy-water nexus, and other areas. 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 invertor for both plug-in and battery electric vehicles.
Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one U.S. and one Israeli company, or a company from one of