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September 2010

 


Executive Director's Perspective

Water:  A Global Challenge – A BIRD Goal

Water is reaching a critical level of scarcity that has begun to affect the population and businesses all around the world. About half of human kind lives in countries where water is becoming less available, in areas that depend heavily on irrigation for their food supplies. The Middle East has always been identified with a lack of water, which has influenced the way its societies have historically developed. The dearth of water has been a source of tension and potential violence in this region, which continues even today. 
Water shortage has also reached prosperous regions in the United States, such as the Southeast and the Southwest and the forecasts are not bright. A recent report shows that 14 U.S. states face risk to water sustainability.
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Executive Director -
Eitan Yudilevich, Ph.D
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Latest Investments

BIRD Foundation to invest $4.2 million in six projects involving medical simulations, tuberculosis vaccine and reduction of air pollution
In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to $18 million
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BIRD Energy Announces $4.2 Million Investments in Cooperative Clean Energy Projects
Awards were approved for joint development projects between the United States and Israel in the areas of biofuels, wind energy, solar energy and energy efficiency. 
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From right: Mr. Dan Weinstock, Better Place, Dr. Avraham Arbib, Ministry of National Infrastructures (MNI), Mr. Daniel Birns, DOE, Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent, BIRD Foundation, Mr. Barry Friedman, DOE, Dr. Shlomo Wald, MNI, Mr. Asaf Vitman, Embassy of Israel in D.C. Dr. JoAnn Milliken, DOE, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, BIRD Foundation, Mr. Tal Bar, Better Place

DOE Visit to Israel

Prior to the Executive Committee meeting of BIRD Energy, the Ministry of National Infrastructures (MNI) and the BIRD Foundation organized a full day tour to the representatives for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) who came to Israel. It included a visit to academic institutionsdealing with alternative and renewable energy: the Weizmann Institute, Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University.

The group also heard from Mr. Oren Gadot, CEO, HelioFocus, about the progress of the project between HelioFocus and Capstone Turbine Corporation who were awarded a BIRD Energy grant in 2009.
The final stop for the group was the Electric Vehicle demonstration center of Better Place in Israel where they learned about the company and its business model. The test driving of the electric cars was a great highlight of the visit. 

From right: Mr. Dan Weinstock, Better Place, Dr. Avraham Arbib, Ministry of National Infrastructures (MNI), Mr. Daniel Birns, DOE, Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent, BIRD Foundation, Mr. Barry Friedman, DOE, Dr. Shlomo Wald, MNI, Mr. Asaf Vitman, Embassy of Israel in D.C. Dr. JoAnn Milliken, DOE, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, BIRD Foundation, Mr. Tal Bar, Better Place. 



Spotlight on BIRD Projects

Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co., Inc. (AGA) and Tigo Energy Ltd. (Tigo) teamed with the support of BIRD Foundation to develop and integrate a complete BIPV system 

The BIRD Foundation project has actively encouraged the companies’ Product and Business Development teams to work bi-nationally throughout the United States and Israel.
Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co., Inc. (AGA) and Tigo Energy Ltd. (Tigo) teamed with the support of the BIRD Foundation to develop and integrate a complete BIPV system.  There are tremendous benefits to a joint partnership between the two companies. The partnership brings comprehensive experience to solve the existing issues. The Companies are commercializing a solution to overcome cost, standardization, power output performance, visibility, and safety (code compliance) issues that currently hinder the large-scale adoption of BIPV.  AGA contributes forty years of experience in the execution of new construction, building renovation and remedial work, and has earned a high-ranking reputation among specialty contractors in the United States. Tigo Energy brings expertise in power electronics design, system control, software application development, and PV systems architecture.
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Mr. Joe Brescia, AGA Chairman & CEO and Ms. Lucinda Stewart, Tigo Energy Board Member - Managing Director, OVP Ventures



InFocus and Wisair Cooperation Brings A Whole New User Experience Through Enhanced Wireless Connectivity to Projectors

In a BIRD Foundation funded bi-national project, InFocus® Corporation, the industry pioneer in digital projection technology and Wisair, a leading provider of single-chip based UWB and Wireless USB solutions, are developing an Enhanced Wireless USB Projector Adapter solution.
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Upcoming Events

October 6, 2010

Global Security Challenge Annual Competition
Global Security Challenge (GSC) is a leading international competition for Homeland Security technology startups and SMEs. It is sponsored by the counter-terrorism technology agency of the US Department of Defense (TSWG), which awards $500,000 to the two winning companies each year. Tel Aviv University, Israel

October 19, 2010

BIRD Foundation is Proud to Co-Sponsor:
The United States and Israel: Building Business Through Innovation

Conference dedicated to celebrating 25 years of the Free Trade Agreement between Israel and United States. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C.

November 8-9, 2010

U.S.- Israel Cleantech Conference in Philadelphia

Conference will focus on one-on-one meetings with large energy, green tech companies and utilities in the region, as well as government buyers, and private investors.It will include expert panels on the trends, needs and challenges of development and deployment of alternative & renewable transportation and infrastructure regionally, nationally and internationally. America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, PA

November 9, 2010

Smart City Event

The event will provide a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders and Israeli companies about new technologies and initiatives related to the smart city space. Mountain View, California

December 16, 2010

COFES Israel Forum
The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software: Conference on Software for Innovation and Sustainable Design for Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, and Industry. Hilton Hotel Tel Aviv; Israel

January 18-19, 2011

Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC)
A two-day business and educational conference including sessions covering the latest advances in clinical practice, regulation and the economics of Personalized Medicine. Computer History Museum, California


Submission Dates

The BIRD Foundation’s Board of Governors (BOG) meets twice a year.
June and December, in the U.S. and in Israel respectively.

Deadlines for December 2010 BOG are as follows:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 – Executive Summary of the Proposal (PASSED)
Friday, October 15, 2010 – Final Proposal

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