Drawing from over a decade of research conducted at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv on the use of the energy in metal, Israeli start-up Phinergy has successfully demonstrated the utility of metal air technology to power automobiles. An electric vehicle powered by Phinergy’s aluminum air battery, which combines aluminum, ambient air and water, has covered over 300 kilometers of continuous driving. Last year, Phinergy consumed more than 20 megawatt hours of electricity using its proprietary metal air technology.
Metal air batteries contain an air electrode that breathes oxygen directly from ambient air, making them significantly lighter. The weight difference is akin to that of a scuba diver who carries a heavy oxygen tank to breath and a fish that just breathes oxygen through its gills. The structure of Phinergy’s air electrode allows oxygen to enter the cell while blocking out carbon dioxide. As a result, the air electrode is immune to co2 related problems, which led to metal air battery failure in previous tests.
Imagine filling up your car with water instead of gasoline. Phinergy’s technology enables fully electric vehicles to travel without range limitations, stopping to refill water every few hundred kilometers! This is just one example of the technologies’ potential capabilities. Phynergy representatives claim that proven metal air energy is now closer than ever to commercial use, and that the use of metal air technology will soon make the world safer and cleaner while cutting down on both fuel dependency and energy.
Phinergy claims that its battery systems provide better performance than existing technologies over a wide span of applications, including transportation, stationary energy storage, defense systems and consumer electronics.
The breakthrough by this Israeli company will soon make it possible for the world to enjoy the vast advantages of metal air technology: ultra-high energy density, zero co2 emission, sustainability and fully recyclable materials.