Israeli aluminum-air electric car battery to be tested in Montreal

alunium-air-battery-phinergy-montreal-electrification-ediweekly

An Israeli company that demonstrated an electric car battery capable of powering a car for 1,800 kilometres on a single charge has been invited to test its latest technologies in Montreal. The mayor of that city is in Israel on a trade mission and took the opportunity to invite Phinergy, which already has a manufacturing presence in Quebec, to be among the first companies to use a planned test corridor for electric vehicles now in development in Montreal. The facility is part of Montreal’s Transportation Electrification Strategy.

Phinergy first caught the world’s attention in 2014 when it demonstrated its aluminum-air battery. Metal-air batteries have enormous energy potential, according to Phinergy, and have been at the forefront of energy research for years. The key component is the “air electrode,” which “breathes” oxygen from the ambient air rather than taking oxygen from a heavy metal, as in a conventional battery. In conventional batteries, the metal cathode, which contains the oxygen reactant, takes up about 70 per cent of the total weight. The Phinergy battery generates electric power from the energy released by the reaction of aluminum with oxygen. Aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth, while Quebec, with its abundant hydroelectric resources, is one of the largest producers of aluminum,

alunium-air-cathode-battery-phinergy-montreal-electrification-ediweekly

A problem in metal-air batteries until now has been their relatively short lifespan. This was the result of corrosion caused by CO2 being introduced into the air electrode. Phinergy says it has solved this problem by using a silver-based catalyst that allows oxygen in but keeps CO2 out. This gives them high electrochemical performance and complete recyclability, as well as durability. It is also lightweight compared to other electric batteries, weighing just 100 kg. This is just one fifth the weight of a Tesla battery, according to Phinergy.

However, despite the improvements Phinergy has made to the aluminum-air battery’s lifespan, it is still not long. The battery is not rechargeable, and must be replaced when all of the aluminum has been used up and turned to aluminum hydroxide.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Lane-Changing Algorithm Improves Driverless Vehicle Performance
  • Canada one of only three countries where clean energy investment grew
  • Large CSeries order builds momentum for Bombardier
  • Siemens Canada announces order for 270-MW wind project in Ontario
  • Technology that could help save the earth: Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Researchers find way to turn wood into supercapacitors
  • Recovery continues as NA car sales head for year 2000 levels
  • Wind more economical than nuclear: offshore wind turbines in U.K. significantly less expensive per megawatt than planned nuclear
  • Consumer spending drives strong GDP growth in second quarter
  • Ford looking to use agave plant biomass to make green plastic for cars
  • Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA trade deal: it's not all in the name — Canadian dollar soars, stocks rise; autos win, dairy loses
  • Youth trainee program seeks to address skilled labour shortage
  • Ontario College of Trades report recommendations accepted by minister
  • New national aerospace consortium to foster leadership in technology
  • GE investment in Welland "Brilliant Factory" to bring 220 jobs
  • Wind energy on growth trend, major offshore project proposed for Nova Scotia
  • BC, Ontario economies to lead country into 2017
  • NASA Studies Climate Change in Canada’s Skies
  • Slower growth, need for new markets challenge Canada's oil producers
  • Ontario Energy Board to ban door-to-door selling of energy
Scroll to Top