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DOE Announces Funding for Clean Energy Tech Proposals Under BIRD Energy Program

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The Department of Energy (DOE) will dole out $4 million in funds to support the development of clean energy technologies as part of the Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy program. 

BIRD Energy was created through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote U.S.-Israel partnerships to help bring renewable energy technology platforms to market, DOE said Monday.

BIRD Energy invested about $42 million in 55 projects between 2009 and 2020 and has attracted over $700 million in venture capital funds to advance clean energy tech commercialization efforts. Four projects have entered into the commercialization phase, including a new enzyme for biodiesel production and self-powered wireless sensor for energy use monitoring in buildings.

DOE will accept executive summaries through June 30 and final proposals through Aug. 13th with plans to decide on the submissions by late Oct. 2021. The department works with the Israel Innovation Authority and Israel's ministry of energy on the program.