Electric cars are a fantastic innovation. No pollution, no fossil fuel consumption, and the government even gives you a tax break for owning one. The sticking point for widespread adoption of electric cars has, thus far, been the batteries that power the vehicles. Most batteries aren’t good for more than 100 miles of travel, and that at a fairly sedate pace of around 50 mph.
Israeli startup Phinergy claims to have a solution to the battery conundrum. The company’s metal-air battery system uses aluminum, air (specifically oxygen) and water to create battery which, according to Phinergy, can power an electronic car for up to 1,000 miles. Continue reading
I try not to think too much about my lawn (which should be readily apparent to my neighbors), but a few years ago I made the switch to an electric, battery-powered push mower. It’s a lot quieter than the gas mowers I used to have, and I no longer have to make runs to the gas station to fill up the can every few weeks or so.
Alternative energy ideas were on parade last month at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Innovation Summit in the nation’s capital. The event allowed energy startups to pitch their ideas to potential investors and venture capitalists.