WASHINGTON (Aug. 7)
Israel and the United States have signed agreements for three solar research and development projects to be conducted over a three year period in both countries. One-fourth of the projected cost of $2.9 million will be undertaken by Israel and the remainder by the U.S., a U.S. Deportment of Energy spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
The agreements were signed at the Department by Les Goldman, the Department’s Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, and Dan Halperin, the Israel Embassy’s Minister for Economic Affairs.
One of the projects concerns luminescent solar collectors to concentrate energy and convert it into electricity suitable for common uses of power. Another is the conversion of agricultural wastes to energy. “This is an Israeli-developed technology,” the Department said. “Demonstration farms will be set up in both Israel and the United States.”
A third project is the development of information on “passive climate control” in a form that will enable architects and house designers to use solar equipment to convert sunshine into means for cooling or heating structures. The agreements were signed on Aug. 1.