Unlike conventional batteries that carry oxygen, these batteries freely breathe oxygen from the ambient air to release the energy contained in metals. An Israeli company called Phinergy has created a technology that uses metal, air and water to power a vehicle.
This metal-air technology has been at the forefront of research for years because of its enormous potential for revolutionizing the world’s use of energy.
Since 2008, Phinergy, benefiting from more than a decade of academic research at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv, has been successfully developing this technology by utilizing the energy stored in metal.
Phinergy’s battery creates energy by combining aluminum and ambient air with water.
The difference between this process and other electric-powered vehicles is comparable to the difference between a human scuba diver who must carry his oxygen in a balloon on his back, and a fish, which simply utilizes the oxygen contained in water by breathing through its gills.
Because of the unique technology, the battery is immune to CO2-related problems, which, according to Phinergy, has been the leading cause of metal-air battery failure in the past.
While for the everyday consumer, transportation may be the most compelling aspect of this technology, there are many other relevant applications in the areas of energy storage, defense and consumer electronics.
For the vehicle consumer, one of the most attractive aspects of this technology is that instead of having to refuel with gasoline every several hundred miles, or having to recharge or exchange a battery, the only necessary ingredient for refueling is water – a resource that is widely available, giving these cars a range that is virtually unlimited and making them very cost-efficient.
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