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UMOIRE and NanoMalaysia Join Forces to Produce a New and Improved Lithium-ion Battery – Featuring Graphene

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In the past few decades, nano-technology has been on the up and up. In fact, the technology has played a major part in the production of electric vehicles, and with the help of graphene even further progress is being made. 

While lithium-ion batteries already seemed to be the perfect version of themselves (as they’re used in literally everything), in the way of electric vehicles, they’re still lacking. Thankfully, NanoMalaysia (or NMB), which is a company under the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (or MOSTI), has a current partnership with UMORIE Graphene Technologies (UGT), and together they are synthesizing a new variant of the lithium-ion battery, this time using graphene. These new graphene-infused batteries have a high power output, which leads to a smaller battery size, and that enables better electric vehicle range. While its initial purpose is for vehicles, UGT chief executive officer Suria Affendi Amirrudin claims “it can also be scaled down for electronics such as mobile phones and laptops”. 

These new batteries go far deeper than technology. This development actually allows Malaysia to take a role on the stage of foreign electric vehicle markets, alongside Indonesia and Thailand. According to NMB chief executive officer Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad, it will also allow them to “be able to establish Malaysia as a high-technology energy storage system exporter”, and their efforts will “form an important element under the National Energy Storage Technology Initiative (NESTI) and complements Enabling Mobility Electrification for Green Economy (EMERGE) and Rapid Electric Vehicle Innovations Validation Ecosystem (REVIVE)”.

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