ITRI Wins 2017 Edison Awards with URABat

2017/04/22 19:51:24
Photo courtesy of ITRI

Photo courtesy of ITRI

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a leading technology research institution in Taiwan, has won a silver medal at the 2017 Edison Awards for its technology for the URABat, an ultrafast rechargeable aluminum battery.

The URABat was honored in the Energy & Sustainability/Power Source category at the awards held in New York on April 20, the institute said in a statement.

"We are glad that URABat has once again been recognized by an international accolade after winning the 2016 R&D 100 Awards," said Yang Chang-chung (楊昌中), deputy division chief of ITRI's Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories.

"URABat is expected to offer a new power storage alternative that would hugely impact the world," Yang said. "The Edison Awards honor just reaffirmed our commitment to accelerating its commercialization process."

Co-developed by ITRI and Stanford University, the URABat has achieved three breakthroughs, including finding the perfect combination of aluminum and graphite as the battery cell, and making a supple battery cell that can be mass produced to various needs and specifications, the statement said.

It has also achieved the stability and durability needed to make the battery safe even if damaged by an external force.

One of the advantages of the URABat is that it can be quickly recharged, according to ITRI.

A 48V/1Ah aluminum battery installed in an electric bicycle for road tests had a full charge within 6 minutes, 20 times faster than conventional lead-acid batteries.

"There hasn't really been a substantial growth in battery technology as the one that ITRI has provided us," commented Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

(By Romulo Huang)
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