A New Era in Transportation? The Buzz Around Phinergy

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The worldwide buzz around the revolutionary aluminum-air battery of the Israeli-based technology company Phinergy is reaching new peaks. Even president Obama had the chance to view the technology during his visit to Israel.

Phinergy has created a car battery that powers an electric vehicle for as long as 1,000 miles (1600 km) before needing a recharge. The Company’s Aluminum-Air battery system has been successfully integrated into electric vehicles resulting in more than three times the driving range of current EVs.

Aluminum is a widely available metal that is easily recycled and contains high amounts of energy (8 kilowatt-hours per kilogram). Today, Phinergy’s Aluminum-Air battery is using air and water to unleash the vast energy stored in aluminum. The air is breathed in by a proprietary membrane – the air electrode – and the water is filled into a tank by the user, creating a holistic system that enables an Electric Vehicle to drive without having to stop other than to refuel with water every few hundred kilometers.

President Obama had the chance to view Phinergy’s technology, among other Israeli innovative companies and technologies, during his recent visit to Israel.

Phinergy, which has been operating in stealth mode during the last few years, first publicly announced its achievements at the Israel Dealmakers Summit that was held in New York last March, in a panel chaired by Mr. Oded Distel, Head of Invest in Israel and Israel NewTech.

“I believe aluminum will become the next major sustainable energy source thanks to metal-air technology,” said Mr. Aviv Tzidon, Phinergy’s Chairman & CEO.

“Phinergy is a current example of an Israeli-based technology that has the potential to create real impact on the global energy and transportation arenas,” says Oded Distel. “We were in close contact with Phinergy during their ‘stealth years’ and knew that something very promising is going on over there. I feel very confident saying that during the next few months some more Israeli companies that have been developing technologies ‘under the radar’ will come out”.

Article appearing courtesy Israel NewTech.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

2 Comments

  1. Sabrina Hill on

    GEE, now that America has a “Vested Interest” in something that Israel HAS, does that mean that they are WORTH protecting by the American Military?? HOW NICE.

  2. K Arthur Kilian on

    I would like to see someone from CleanTechies check back regularly on what Phinergy plans to do. All I have found so far is that they signed a deal with “a global automaker” for production of the Al/air batteries by 2017.

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