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Published June 12, 2012 03:57 PM

Israel's Secret Project: Super-Battery To Reduce World's Oil Thirst

Quietly and with little media coverage, it seems that Israel has made it its national goal to develop a battery that can provide enough power for a 500 kilometer-drive with a single charge.

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One month ago, the Israeli National Center for Electrochemical Propulsion was founded. The center will be inaugurated within the next weeks and will receive a budget of 45 million NIS (approximately $11.7 million) for the next four years.

The center will include one hundred researchers divided into 12 teams from four academic institutions: Tel Aviv University, The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Bar Ilan University and Ariel University Center of Samaria.

The center's sole purpose will be to research and develop new technologies to more effectively store electricity.

Replacing Oil

"Oil has no future, both because of politics and because of future shortages," said the chairman of the center, Prof. Doron Urbach from Bar Ilan's Department of Chemistry. "There has been a change in mindset in politicians that has permeated into the automotive industry and has gone all the way to battery manufacturers. They all want electric cars. In fact, it is already possible to drive for 150 kilometers with an electric car, which is enough for the average Israeli, and yet want to increase it."

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