University of Limerick opens battery development facility

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Co-funded by SFI and SEAI, the new National Rechargeable Battery Fabrication and Test Facility will create materials to develop more sustainable and energy efficient batteries, Silicon Republic reported.

The University of Limerick announced the new facility's launch at an event at the UL Bernal Institute. The test facility will create the materials for sustainable batteries in EVs, consumer goods and medical devices. 

Professor Kevin M Ryan, Director of the Bernal Institute told Silicon Republic that the facility will also give research the opportunity to lead and partner on European projects focused on batteries. 

The University of Limerick claims that the infrastructure will allow the manufacture of prototype batteries from single cell and coin cell to pouch level cells, which can transform battery research and battery fabrication in the Irish industry.

The University states that the research and development of lithium-ion batteries is a challenge faced in Ireland as demand grows for powerful mobile devices and faster charging EVs.

“The research carried out will contribute to the transformation of Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices,” Kerrie Sheehan, Head of research and technology at SEAI said.