Striving to Improve the Earth's Environment

Pres Obama and PM Netanyahu learned more about the BIU Aluminum-Air battery for electric cars from its developer BIU Prof. Arie Zaban

Photo by Kobi Gideon, Government Press Office

Early last year, Prof. Arie Zaban, far left, of BIU's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, presented the highly efficient Aluminum-Air Battery for electric cars he developed at BIU to President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, along with Aviv Tzidon, CEO of Phinergy, a company that will be producing the battery.

The celebration of Tu B'Shevat encourages people to more closely examine and act on the Jewish value of environmental justice. It is Jewish teachings such as this that underpin Bar-Ilan University's on-going commitment to preserve our planet's natural resources and generate new ones for future generations.

At Bar-Ilan, going green is not just a slogan — it is a moral imperative. With this mission in mind, Bar-Ilan scientists are leading the way in renewable energy research. Recent Bar-Ilan breakthroughs include:

  • Developing an affordable, longer-lasting Aluminum-Air Battery for electric cars that will be able to driven record distances. The Israel start-up company Phinergy has acquired the technology rights to the battery.
  • Successfully demonstrating alternative ways to produce lower cost, super-efficient solar energy cells.
  • Applying the principles of sustainability on Bar-Ilan's "Green Campus." BIU's campus, which has been recognized by the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, features technological aids that preserve water and electricity.

To learn more about ways your gift can support the work of a University that takes action every day to improve the Earth's environment, call Howard Charish at 212-906-3900 or email


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