INNI is pleased to present a few Success Stories from Israeli companies and academia in nanotechnology. Israel has the people, the vision and the infrastructure. We have winning Science and Technology.
Business and science opportunities in Nanotechnology are here in Israel.
The Forum for Research and Infrastructure (TELEM) decided in 2006 to establish a National 5-year Nanoscience and Technology Program which provided the basis for the building and development of Nanoscience R&D and infrastructure in Israel. The program was implemented and supported by the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, the Chairman of the Higher Education Planning and Budgeting Committee (VATAT), the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Deputy of Budget Director at the Ministry of Finance.
Nanotechnology Inside: Prof. Arie Zaban (Bar Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology) and Mr. Aviv Tzidon (CEO and founder, Phinergy) presenting the Aluminum–Air battery based electric car to Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama (21.3.2013)
For decades, metal-air batteries have been highly touted for their great promise in the field of energy storage. Yet, they have failed to deliver the expected performance.
Establishment of the Bar-Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) by a coordinated effort of Bar Ilan University, INNI and the support of the National Program, enabled a breakthrough.
Prof. Arie Zaban and his research group overcame the obstacles that had stood in the way of the promise of this technology, through the innovative use of novel nanomaterials in a revolutionary new battery design. In 2008, the technology was transferred to a startup company, Phinergy, for further development and commercialization.
Based on the unique characteristics of the BIU Aluminum–Air battery, Phinergy has recently demonstrated a holistic system that enables a fully Electric Vehicle to drive for a record distance of 330 Km (three times the current EV distance). Moreover, continued driving requires no more than a “refueling” with water to regenerate the electrolyte in the battery. Consequently with this battery, the issue of "range anxiety", the main barrier to large scale adoption of fully electric vehicles, no longer exists.