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Shani began her studies at the Technion as a member of the IDF Academic Reserve, and went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate. In her doctorate, under the guidance of Prof. Alon Gany and Dr. Valery Rosenband, she is developing an innovative technology for producing energy from hydrogen. According to Elitzur, “The idea of producing energy from hydrogen is not new, but since the density of hydrogen is low, its storage requires very intense compression or cooling to very low temperatures.  These limitations, along with the safety aspects associated with the use of hydrogen, are the barriers currently preventing the extensive civil use of hydrogen energy.”

In light of this fact, the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has developed a ‘portable plant’ for the production of hydrogen onsite – i.e. inside the car – without the need for storing it. The method is based on the interaction between aluminum and water in the presence of a very low dosage of an activating substance (2.5%). The electrical energy generated by the aluminum-water technology is higher by an order of magnitude than the electrical energy obtainable with the existing storage technologies, including lithium batteries.”

Shani began her studies at the Technion as a member of the IDF Academic Reserve, and went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate. In her doctorate, under the guidance of Prof. Alon Gany and Dr. Valery Rosenband, she is developing an innovative technology for producing energy from hydrogen. According to Elitzur, “The idea of producing energy from hydrogen is not new, but since the density of hydrogen is low, its storage requires very intense compression or cooling to very low temperatures.  These limitations, along with the safety aspects associated with the use of hydrogen, are the barriers currently preventing the extensive civil use of hydrogen energy.”

In light of this fact, the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has developed a ‘portable plant’ for the production of hydrogen onsite – i.e. inside the car – without the need for storing it. The method is based on the interaction between aluminum and water in the presence of a very low dosage of an activating substance (2.5%). The electrical energy generated by the aluminum-water technology is higher by an order of magnitude than the electrical energy obtainable with the existing storage technologies, including lithium batteries.”

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