Effectively taking advantage of renewable, accessible, and affordable energy sources has become an existential need, as well as a bonanza for investors. The US government has placed the matter at the top of their agenda, offering huge incentives and investments. Even China has committed to achieve Net Zero (carbon neutrality) by 2060. In light of this situation there is exciting news from the heart of Miami. MayMaan has the potential to blaze through the energy and automotive markets like a brushfire, only without the smoke clouding up our atmosphere. Roughly 100 years after the initial discovery of oil in the Gulf, MayMaan has developed a technology poised to save us from the perishable and polluting resource.
MayMaan intends to replace fossil fuels (crude oil, diesel fuel, coal, and natural gas) which emit high levels of greenhouse gases when burned, with a mixture of 70% water and 30% ethanol or methanol – a common and accessible alcohol-based substance (coal and natural gas can even be converted into ethanol or methanol). “This mixture in our unique engine reduces operational costs by up to 50% when compared to regular gasoline. It is 40% more efficient than gasoline with respect to resource utilization and emits only half the amount of carbon dioxide than other engines that are in use today. This is thanks to the Aquastroke Combustion Cycle technology. And it doesn’t emit other toxic substances, such as sulfur or NOx at all!” says Doron Shmueli, the company’s President. And the proof is in the pudding… or a quick glance at the exhaust pipe: instead of black smoke, it emits steam that evaporates within seconds.
Ethanol and water are alternative, accessible, and stable energy sources. They do not rely on daylight, electricity, or water flow, no complex processes are required to produce and dilute the substance, and no durable containers are needed to store them. What then, makes this technology so revolutionary? The secret lies in its unique piston engine where its innovative design ensures optimal use of the energies (mainly heat) within it, rather than emitting most of them in the form of heat.
Furthermore, the new fuel mixture is not flammable once outside of the engine, making it even more advantageous to those operating trucks and heavy machinery, including (and even more so) for military applications, such as tanks. A standard piston engine that is not meant to work with this fuel will not respond to it and may even shut down in response to its attempted use (in other words, don’t try it at home or in your car… for the time being).
From the family garage to cargo ships
The company is run by brothers Eitan and Doron Shmueli and their father Yehuda, a brilliant engineer and mechanic who nurtured his vision for decades. A family of former Israelis, the Shmuelis currently live in Florida and view their life’s work as an act of Zionism as well. The company’s name was inspired by hydrogen (May Mann in Hebrew), one of the elements in the special mixture, which also hints at both water and manna, the food that “fueled” our forefathers in the desert.
The Nakash brothers have partnered with the Shmuelis on this project. Known for making successful investments and Zionistic projects, they were happy to promote green energy. On the advisory board, you can find personalities such as Major-General (ret.) Yedidya Yaari, Naval Commander, former CEO of Rafael, and current Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, and Avi Shekel, who has served key roles in the investment and banking worlds, and currently heads the company’s operations in Israel. These major players are supported by strategic advisors from the automotive and business development worlds.
MayMaan’s technology is said to be patented in the US, China, Israel, and other locations across the globe, and has already been successfully tested on a wide selection of various-sized engines (400 to 6,200 CC) that were built and ran generators and other platforms using the new fuel. At present, resources are being focused on the construction of infrastructure to create and market various sized generators to produce electricity while increasing the engine’s capacity to be able to power trains and cargo ships, and expanding operations to diverse geographic locations, with respect to altitude and temperature. It was decided that “test runs” would be held in Brazil, Africa, and Israel. Beyond testing feasibility it is clear that such actions open the doors to strategic partnerships with high potential for orders.
A tank of fuel at half the price
MayMaan’s business model is one of licensing and sharing technological knowledge with manufacturers and partners from around the world, empowering everyone to implement their patented technology. One of the targeted applications is for generators to be used in cell and telecommunication towers, as they are replaced every few years and the technology offers substantial savings. The process is also highly relevant in large engine retrofits for applications such as powering ships and trains.
“We rely on existing infrastructure,” explains Doron Shmueli. “The liquid diesel fuel which is currently brought to generators or fleet fueling stations can be simply be replaced with the new fuel.” Eitan Shmueli, the company’s CEO, adds: “There will be several solutions to fight global warming; this will be one of the main ones. We are talking about generators and cars that cost the same as they do now, but at half of the operational costs, with major environmental benefits. It is important to understand that this isn’t some futuristic innovation that will mature over the next decade or two – we are ready to provide it right now.”
Their new technology has already aroused much interest among telecom and transportation giants and has driven the signing of partnership agreements with global ethanol producers and suppliers, energy and logistics companies, and significant international investors within a market estimated to be worth billions. The company is currently venturing out on a new round of fundraising and will soon launch its IPO. The technology’s maturity and the simplicity in which it can be adopted by any manufacturer makes it fully scalable. It is possible that the internal combustion engine as we’ve known it for the past 200 years, is about to undergo dramatic change. The sky truly is the limit, and it may even be easier and more pleasant to see it, once MayMaan’s revolutionary fuel has penetrated the mass market.