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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry meeting with Energy and Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz and other Israeli officials.

The U.S. and Israel announced Monday the establishment of the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology, designed to “accelerate development and deployment of critical and innovative technologies in the areas of (1) fossil fuels, (2) energy storage, (3) cyber security for energy infrastructure and (4) energy-water nexus.”

Dubbed the “Energy Center,” the project, which focuses on energy and water technologies, is to be managed by the BIRD Foundation.

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A call for proposals has been issued for funding, to be submitted by a U.S.-Israel consortium of at least two entities from each country, including companies and/or research institutes and/or universities (the Israeli participants must include at least one company). The consortium must include both an Israeli and a U.S. leader. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 16, 2019, with selection to be made by November/December this year.

“The shared energy and technology goals of our countries remain a priority for the United States,” U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said.

“The continued success of the BIRD Energy program and launch of the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering, and Water Technology will bring our research enterprises even closer together.”

Israel is considered a world leader in water technology.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.