NEWSLETTER - Oct 2013
For more than 36 years BIRD has been promoting and supporting U.S.- Israel collaboration between companies in all technology sectors. In general, our philosophy has been to focus our financing on projects in a broad range of industry sectors, using a competitive process to make the final selections, thus allowing the “market” - private sector companies and entrepreneurs - to determine the preferred direction. This approach has worked well and we certainly plan to continue this strategy going forward.
However, in parallel, we have identified opportunities to enhance U.S.-Israel collaboration in specific sectors, through the BIRD Energy program. BIRD Energy was established in 2009, based on an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Water, and on legislation approved by the U.S. Congress at the end of 2007. Since its inception, BIRD Energy has funded 13 projects, whose total budgets amount to about $25M, in areas such as solar and wind energy, energy efficiency, alternative fuels and storage. The next round of projects will be selected on November 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Recently, new legislation has been proposed in the U.S. Senate to extend the BIRD Energy collaboration until 2024 and expand it to include projects focused on natural gas. The proposed legislation praises the achievements of the established programs: “The United States acknowledges the achievements and importance of the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and supports continued multiyear funding to ensure the continuity of the programs of the Foundations.’’
Some energy experts and investors express doubts about the extent to which renewable energies will be adopted, especially because of the new gas sources available in the U.S., as well as in Israel. At least until now, the numbers in the U.S. don’t support the skepticism. From 2009 to 2012, wind generation rose 92% and solar generation rose by almost 4 times. In the U.S., wind generation accounts for about 60 gigawatts, which is about 5 times the electricity production in Israel and more than the total production in Australia (source: WSJ).
The need for diversification of energy sources, the adoption of “microgrids” and the effects on the environment will continue to incentivize the adoption of renewable energies. Large scale adoption will require innovations that will significantly reduce the costs and the variability of supply. Two specific areas which require further development are technology to reduce the costs of solar cells and energy storage.
The U.S. and Israel have common interests and views on energy. As expressed by the proposed legislation, energy is of strategic interest to both countries. However, governments can only support and facilitate. It is the private sector - innovators, entrepreneurs and investors with vision who are the key to this continued effort and its success.
At BIRD, we look forward to continuing on this road, supporting U.S.-Israel joint innovations in energy and reducing the risks of these ventures.
Eitan Yudilevich, Ph.D.
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BrainTech Israel Conference - October 14-15, 2013 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Israel’s first international brain technology conference will showcase cutting-edge developments in the Neurotechnology industry from Israel and around the world. The event will bring together companies, entrepreneurs, academics, investors and life science and technology multinationals to explore opportunities in brain technology and enhance collaboration.
WATEC Israel - October 22-24, 2013 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
The largest water technology trade show in Israel, bringing together Israeli & international business executives, political decisions makers and leading researchers, WATEC 2013 is a showcase for the most advanced technologies and solutions globally.
BIRD set to host panel at WATEC 2013 International Conference. The panel will be held on October 23 and will focus on the topic: “Water Technologies and Applications in the Food/Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industries.” The panel will be moderated by BIRD’s Executive Director, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich.
Panelists include: Dr. Paul T. Bowen, Water Technology Director, Coca-Cola; David M. Hughes, P.E., Manager, Water Research, Innovation and Environmental Stewardship, American Water; Professor Eyal Shimoni, CTO, Strauss Group; Meirav Avigdor, Director, Global Environment, Teva Pharmaceuticals; Rotem Arad, Vice President, SBU Food and Beverage, Atlantium; Elad Frenkel, CEO, Aqwise; and Lazer Bezdin, Vice President Business Development, Elcon Recycling.
BIRD has approved several projects in recent years focusing on innovations in water technology including: Desalitech (Israel)/GE (U.S); Stream Control (Israel)/American Water (U.S.); Curapipe (Israel)/Milliken (U.S.); and Water Flow Tech (Israel)/Mueller Water Products (U.S.).
BIRD Energy Dinner Reception - November 5, 2013 - Washington D.C.
"BIRD Energy” is the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. This cooperation is based on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which includes cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on renewable energy and energy efficiency industrial research and development
The reception will follow BIRD Energy's Executive Committee Meeting where new projects will be approved.
3D Printing Event - November 12, 2013 - Santa Clara, CA
The BIRD Foundation in cooperation with the Silicom Ventures and the Economic and Trade Mission office to the West Coast of the Israeli Ministry of Economy will be organizing an event focusing on 3D printing. The event will provide a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders and innovative companies about new technologies and initiatives related to the evolving 3D printing space. The event will focus on business opportunities and will discuss challenges being faced and solutions being developed to address them.
Among the presenting companies are: Autodesk, PARC (a Xerox company) and Made In Space.
For additional information about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org,Tel: 650-752-6485
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