The United States and Israel have established a center for energy cooperation to develop innovative technologies that tackle issues such as energy cybersecurity and using water for energy production, among others.

The center, titled the US-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology, is launching with $16 million in funds appointed collectively by the United States Congress, the Israeli government, as well as private sector partners.

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz signed an agreement on June 25th at the US Chamber of Commerce, officially launching the center.

“The partnership between our two countries has long advanced the cause of freedom, dignity, and peace and, as we are highlighting today, the joint quest for science and innovation,” Perry said at the signing.

The center will aim to accelerate development and more rapid deployment of critical and innovative technologies for fossil energy, energy cybersecurity in critical infrastructure, the energy-water nexus, energy storage, and other areas of energy that are needed to diversify energy supply and promote higher efficiency, the US Department of Energy said in a statement.

Through the center, the US and Israel will also participate in additional R&D cooperation, technology transfer best practices from academic institutions and National Laboratories for application by industry in the United States and Israel, workforce training and educational programs, as well as student and postdoctoral exchange.