U.S. to Establish American-Israeli Energy Research Center

An employee looks though a microscope on February 10, 2015 at the Irstea (National Institute of Sciences and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) center in Rennes where researchers work on the optimization of biogas processes. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jerusalem Post reports: The United States Department of Energy is preparing to establish a US-Israel joint energy research center in 2017, a DOE official announced at a congressional hearing last week.

“Our department is preparing to establish in [Fiscal Year] 2017 a virtual center that will facilitate joint research in energy and related areas, subject to appropriations,” Jonathan Elkind, the department’s assistant secretary for international affairs, told participants in a joint subcommittee hearing.

The US government’s Fiscal Year 2017 beings on October 1, 2016 and will end on September 30, 2017.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will begin consultations with Israel on the focus of that center, but we expect that the center could resemble similar technology collaborations that involve contributions from both partner countries, as well as a private sector matching requirement from within each country to maximize the center’s impact,” he said.

Elkind was addressing a joint session at the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Middle East and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy.

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