U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of EERE
Middle East and African Partnerships and Projects
EERE engages bilaterally with individual countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Adobe Reader.
Bi-national Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation
EERE collaborates with the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure to conduct jointly-funded research, development, and demonstration projects that aim to successfully commercialize cutting-edge clean energy technologies. The two governments work through the Binational BIRD Foundation, a quasi-governmental entity that was established in the 1970s to stimulate, promote, and support industrial R&D to mutually benefit the United States and Israel. Using funds provided by EERE and Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure, BIRD conducts a competitive solicitation that requires a partnership between U.S. and Israeli companies. The foundation provides financial support of up to 50% of a project's total budget.
Projects selected by BIRD in its 2011 solicitation include high efficiency solar wafers, concentrating solar thermal, a WiFi-based load management system for residential and commercial buildings, and a LIDAR-based system for wind forecasting at wind farms. See the press release to learn more about the projects selected under the 2011 solicitation.
Cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
The Department of Energy and Masdar signed an MOU in April 2010, recognizing the shared strategic importance of cleaner energy growth. Under this MOU, EERE is partnering with Masdar to test the performance of U.S. energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the climatic conditions of Abu Dhabi. This partnership aims to identify technologies that will help Abu Dhabi meet its goals to reduce energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels, while providing export opportunities for the U.S. private sector.