DOE and MoE will support solar, microgrid, storage and energy efficiency projects with $12.4 million
Post date: 04/12/2018 - 18:47
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive $6 million under the »Binational Industrial Research and Development Energy« (BIRD) program. The total value of the approved projects is $12.4 million in the areas of solar, microgrid, storage and energy efficiency
Beam Semiconductors (Rehovot, Israel) and Banner Solar (Eagle, Idaho), have been selected to develop a 60 GHz active phased array module for wireless gigabit applications with autonomous solar power supply and storage. Brightmerge (Jerusalem, Israel) and Introspective Systems (Portland, Maine), will develop and test dynamic grid pricing with edge load responsive device control. MPrest Systems (Petach Tikva, Israel) and Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia), aim to develop integrated primary and secondary volt VAR control and conservation voltage reduction for the distributed grid. Nostromo (Even Yehuda, Israel) and Centrica Business Solutions US, Inc. (Bellevue, Washington), will develop IceBrick - shifting the electricity grid's peak demand using disruptive ice-battery technology. OneOPI (Herzliya, Israel) and Presidio (Albany, New York) will develop an automated simulation system and service for intelligent microgrid systems. RazorLabs (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Exacter, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) will develop an AI based grid resiliency forecasting system. Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) and Primus Power (Hayward, California), were approved to develop a high energy density grid-scale storage battery.
Qualified projects must contribute at least 50 percent to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success. BIRD Energy began in 2009 as a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Since then, BIRD Energy has funded 43 projects, with a total investment of about $34 million, including the seven new selected projects. Each project is conducted by a U.S. and an Israeli partner.