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Joanna Schroeder

  • has awarded $295,000 in Michigan Accelerating Technology (MATch) Energy Grant funds to three Michigan companies – Navitas Advanced Solutions Group, LLC., REL, Inc. and Temper, Inc. The MATch Energy Grant provides matching funds, or cost-share, as well as funding for follow-on commercialization projects, to eligible Michigan businesses and universities applying for federal funding in the area of advanced energy. Launched in 2012 with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the MATch Energy Grant directly supports the commercialization process for applied research projects.
  • BIRD Energy is in its sixth funding cycle for U.S.-Israel joint Project Proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. A project proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel). The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization. The following areas of research and development themes are within the scope of this call: Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Smart Grid, Water-Energy Nexus, Wind Energy or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology. The conditional grant per project is up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.
  • Global Bioenergies has been selected to be part of the new Tech40 label which highlights 40 high-tech companies listed on Alternext. The list of the 40 companies that constitute the Tech40 label was revealed on April 27, 2015 during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Economy and Industry. The selected companies are now regrouped in a dedicated market index.
  • Electric drive vehicles—with improved fuel efficiency, technological advances, and an alternative to gasoline and diesel fuels—are beginning to make inroads in this segment as commercial and government fleet operators consider investing in greener vehicles. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, sales of electric trucks and buses are expected to total more than 805,000 from 2014 to 2023.
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