Czech com­pany opens pro­duc­tion of bat­ter­ies based on nan­otech­nol­ogy

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

A Czech com­pany opened on Mon­day a pro­duc­tion line for bat­ter­ies based on nan­otech­nol­ogy, which uses tiny parts in­vis­i­ble to hu­man eyes. The bat­ter­ies are touted as po­ten­tially more ef­fi­cient, longer-last­ing, cheaper, lighter and above all safer. The au­to­matic line will op­er­ate for sev­eral months to get all nec­es­sary cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. Then, Prague­based com­pany HE3DA said Mon­day it is ready to launch other lines in a new plant built in eastern Czech Repub­lic, and at a fac­tory in Slo­vakia.

Nan­otech­nol­ogy can in­crease the size and sur­face of bat­ter­ies elec­trodes, mak­ing them sponge-like so that they can ab­sorb more en­ergy dur­ing charging and ul­ti­mately in­creas­ing the en­ergy stor­age ca­pac­ity. There’s an ap­petite for bat­ter­ies that would hold more en­ergy, last longer, be cheaper and safer, a cru­cial step key for the de­vel­op­ment and suc­cess of many tech­nolo­gies, from so­lar and wind en­ergy to elec­tric cars.

Sev­eral ways are be­ing ex­plored by re­searchers around the globe on how to achieve that. Tesla Mo­tors has also been build­ing a “gi­gafac­tory” to pro­duce con­ven­tional lithium-ion bat­ter­ies for use in its elec­tric cars and po­ten­tially to store elec­tric­ity for homes. HE3DA pres­i­dent Jan Proc­hazka said he was con­fi­dent his in­ven­tion pro­vides a so­lu­tion other cur­rent prod­ucts can’t of­fer. “We don’t want to com­pete with any­one on the mar­ket,” Proc­hazka said. “We’re build­ing a new mar­ket.” His bat­tery is de­signed to store en­ergy from re­new­able elec­tric sources. Next planned type will be suit­able for elec­tric cars. The price has not been set yet but it is sup­posed to be about a half of the cost of cur­rent lithium bat­ter­ies of the same ca­pac­ity. — AP

PRAGUE: Com­pany HE3DA Pres­i­dent Jan Proc­hazka shows qual­i­ties of a new bat­tery dur­ing the of­fi­cial start of a bat­tery pro­duc­tion line. — AP

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