Israeli biofuel scientists conferring with U.S. counterparts, officials

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Top Israeli biofuel researchers are in the United States for a weeklong dialogue with scientists and government officials.

The 15 scientists are winners of the U.S.-Israel Bio-Energy Challenge, sponsored by two non-profit groups, the Israel Energy Partnership and the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. 

They started their visit with a briefing Wednesday at the White House, which will be followed by an event at B’nai B’rith International headquarters.

“Israel is a global leader in cutting-edge R&D in this area, so we hope the dialogue they begin with American experts during their trip here will help both countries advance their common goal of independence from traditional fossil fuels,” said Allan Jacobs, international president of B’nai B’rith International.

Along with Washington, the Israeli delegation will visit Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Emeryville, Calif., for meetings with senior officials from the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture and NASA, as well as private and academic researchers.

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