US, Israel partner to develop cellulosic ethanol technology

By Erin Voegele | November 09, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority on five energy projects, including one to develop cellulosic ethanol technology.

The DOE announced the partnership on Nov. 1. The five selected energy projects are part of the Binational Industrial Research Development (BIRD) Energy Program. The announcement represents the ninth selection of BIRD Energy projects, which promote energy innovation, economic security and bilateral cooperation.

“The BIRD Foundation has served as a matchmaker to develop partnerships between U.S. and Israeli researchers at the forefront of technology across the industrial spectrum. This kind of collaboration will be mutually beneficial and allow both countries to achieve their economic and energy security goals,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Under the program, Rehovot, Israel-based CelDezyner Ltd. and Milford, Ohio-based AdvanceBio LLC will develop a process for the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks. The other four selected projects focus on high-temperature storage based in combined-heat-and-power, the development of third-generation high-temperature superconducting cables, the development of a high-performance bicycle, and the development of a safe hydrogen transport and storage system.

Additional information on the BIRD Energy Program is available on the DOE website.