US and Israel shake hands over Centre for Excellence in energy

The joint venture will focus on innovation, critical technologies and energy efficiency

An agreement to establish the US-Israel Centre of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology has been signed.

The US Department of Energy received $4 million (£3m) earlier this year from the Congress for the joint venture, which will be matched by the Israeli government and other private sector partners.

The project aims to raise $16 million (£12m) in total.

It will focus on rapid development and application of crucial technologies such as storage, cybersecurity, energy-water nexus and other areas of energy supply and efficiency.

Other areas of collaboration will include – establishing best practice in academic institutions and programmes, R&D, workforce training and student exchange.

The Centre is part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy Programme, launched in 2009, which focuses on renewable energy, energy efficiency, industrial R&D.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said: “The partnership between our two countries has long advanced the cause of freedom, dignity and peace and as we are highlighting today, the joint quest for science and innovation.”

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