SL to re­search us­ing graphite in recharge­able bat­ter­ies

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - PRO­VIN­CIAL -

The govern­ment has de­cided to carry out a re­search project to ex­am­ine the pos­si­bil­ity of adding value to the graphite mined in Sri Lanka by way of us­ing such in recharge­able bat­ter­ies.

A pro­posal made in this re­gard by Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Re­search Min­is­ter Susil Pre­ma­jayan­tha to com­mis­sion a re­search project through the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Fun­da­men­tal Studies has been ap­proved by the cabi­net of min­is­ters.

Sri Lanka is the only coun­try in the world that pro­duces com­mer­cially vi­able vein graphite for ex­port.

Graphite is used for smart­phones, por­ta­ble de­vices and elec­tric ve­hi­cles and the de­mand for it is ex­pected to rise as lithium bat­ter­ies, fuel cells, nu­clear and so­lar power de­vices gain mo­men­tum in the com­ing years.

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