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Say Goodbye To Gas! Israeli Firm Manufactures Car That Runs on Air and Water

Phinergy is a leading developer of breakthrough, absolutely zero emission, high energy density systems based on metal air energy technologies, mainly Aluminum-Air and Zinc-Air. 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.

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Phinergy’s special metal-air battery. Photo:


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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  1. Cool idea! Although very bad reporting. Actually runs on aluminium via oxidation, air and water are just part of the process. Although does seem a little inefficient to me, – mine ore, smelt aluminium, carry aluminum in car, oxidise back to release electrons to move car. Not sure the energy input vs output would add up.

  2. Great innovation, I think Nigeria should sit up because as a consuming nation,we are in for a raw deal.

  3. How can the cost of the Phinergy Al-air system as they claim be roughly $1.1 per kg of aluminium anode. The current very low LME price is already $1.5/Kg. The anode would still need to be produced, packaged and transported to the market. Furthermore everyone in the supply chain will have to make a profit. I have done some simple math and found that an average USA based family size vehicle would require 50Kg of Al anode to cover 1000 miles at a fuel cost of $150 at the filling station. This is considerably higher (by $35) than that of a petrol powered car. The consumer would still need to return the spent alumina at the same location “filling station”. However, this is a complicated technical problem still to be overcome. The spent alumina (aluminium oxide) will need to be in a powder form to make it viable and shipped back at a cost to the smelter. I think as an alternative motor vehicle fuel this is a no-goer.

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