Graphene battery sensor wins pan-European power competition

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By Nick Flaherty

The graphene battery temperature sensor is an extremely thin film that can be applied on any non-metallic substrate as a spray coating. This means the sensors can be easily applied directly on the surface of the battery cells, and a curved surface does not impact on the accuracy of the measurement. 

Temperature management is key to making EVs reliable and efficient. This is particularly important during rapid EV charging as the heat created in this process must be effectively dissipated to prevent the battery cells from overheating and being damaged.

The PowerUp! competition run by EIT InnoEnergy, the European sustainable energy Institute, covered 300 companies from 24 countries.  In a series of regional rounds, the companies battled it out with innovations across sustainable energy, cleantech, mobility, cybersecurity and smart cities. The regional finals took place in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.

The grand final in Krakow, Poland, saw fourteen finalists present their solutions and business cases to a jury and the audience at Impact 2019 Conference.

Danubia wins a €50,000 cash prize and a place on EIT InnoEnergy’s business creation programme called Highway.

An additional Clean Air Challenge Award was granted at this year’s compeition, open to companies demonstrating innovation and leadership in clean air initiatives. This distinction was awarded to from Estonia for introducing a new type of solar panel, which combines the everyday roofing material with photovoltaic modules.

“We applied to the competition because we have been seeking a smart investor like EIT InnoEnergy that not only provides financial investment, but also supports us with business development through its network,” said Patrik Krizansky, CEO of Danubia NanoTech. “With this award, we are very excited to start fine tuning the product to the needs of customers and commercialise it”, said Patrik Krizansky, CEO of Danubia NanoTech.

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“It’s worth emphasising that the PowerUp! competition isn’t just for energy companies: it’s also opened to solutions focusing on mobility, clean air technology, heating, cleantech and smart technologies. What distinguishes us from other competitions is that, apart from financial prizes, participants can rely on our comprehensive support, mentoring and entrepreneurial know-how to help take their products and services to the next level” – adds Jakub Miler, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe.

The second place in PowerUp! was awarded to Atlant 3D, which created a versatile 3D printer for micro and nanochip fabrication to rapidly accelerate prototyping for micro-and nanodevices at a fraction of the time and cost together with €10,000. Third place was taken by V-Chiller, a revolutionary cooling device that can chill canned beverages in just a single minute, using minimal energy with minimal environmental impact from Hungary receiving €5,000.

EIT InnoEnergy has so far supported 232 start-ups, 215 of which are already selling their technology, and have helped them raise €117m in external funding. Those start-ups have 42 patents filed, and their average time to market is just 16 months.

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