12 Nov The first graphene battery plant in the world located in Spain
They created the battery that charges a car in eight minutes thanks to graphene, and they will now open the first battery manufacturing plant with this material. This pioneering installation will not be located in Silicon Valley, but in the Murcian town of Yecla. It is the result of the union of forces between Graphenano, Spanish company producing graphene on an industrial scale, the Chemistry group of the University of Córdoba and the company Grabat Energy.
The infrastructure will house 20 assembly and manufacture lines of batteries of high added value, “surpassing in full production the 80 million cells”. The production of the first units is expected in the first months of 2016 and the promoters expect to be at full capacity in the second half of next year.
The design and commissioning of the plant, which has more than 7,000 square meters, has been carried out by a team of engineers who has been working since early this year in Yecla, Valencia and Madrid. The factory will have the latest technology to produce this new type of batteries, in fact, it has been necessary to “specifically” design new equipment for this development.
“Our polymer for battery cathodes represents a revolution for its properties and features that exponentially improve the safety of use, since they do not generate gases, they do not explode and their heating is smaller”, it is said from Graphenano. In addition to being the “only batteries in the world” that continue to operate after being short circuited.
Graphene polymer certification has been made in collaboration with prestigious independent Institutes such as Dekra (AT4 Wireless in Spain) and TuV (in Germany). “These tests have exceeded 1,000 Wh / kg, figures that multiply by five the current battery technologies, representing a revolution of incalculable proportions” they point out.
Graphenano thus begins the phase of battery adaptation and manufacturing for different applications, for which already it has closed agreements with “leading multinationals” in sectors like the aerospace, the automotive or the renewable energies.
Source: El Mundo Innovadores