A delegation of Israeli scientists and company executives visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee last month as part of the U.S. – Israel BioEnergy Challenge, a collaborative effort between the United States and Israel, and consortia of U.S. and Israeli companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies and research institutions to create U.S.-based partnerships for research, development and commercialization of biofuels. The week-long program that also included stops in Washington, DC and Emeryville, CA was organized by The Israel Energy Partnership and U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. AICC Vice President Guy Tessler participated to lend the support of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region.
Participants from Israel included Weizmann Institute, Technion, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Evofuel, TransBiodiesel, and UniVerve. In Oak Ridge, they met with 30 scientists from the national laboratory’s Bio-Energy Science Center as well as Georgia Tech, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of Arizona, and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. According to Tessler, the sessions were very productive, and he sees strong potential for AICC to assist the 3 Israeli companies in the delegation. The Knoxville Jewish Alliance hosted a “Southern Hospitality” reception for the delegation at the local JCC.