Austria's Lenzing to work with US NanoCarbons on activated carbons

10 January 2013 14:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Lenzing will work with US-based NanoCarbons to develop new activated carbons for energy storage systems and explore the use of activated carbons in electrode technology, the Austrian cellulose fibre producer said on Thursday.

The jointly developed carbons should improve the performance of energy storage system, Lenzing said.

The carbons will be used in electrical devices such as double layer capacitors, which have applications in areas such as hybrid vehicles, uninterruptable power supply systems, and wind turbine blade orientation, the company said.

For Lenzing, the development of new activated carbons marks an important extension of the use of its fibres, CEO Peter Untersperger said.

“The strongly growing market for energy storage devices is a promising market niche for us,” he said.

Rud Istvan, CEO of NanoCarbons, added: “With the combination of Lenzing’s technical understanding and infrastructure and Nanocarbons’ technology, we can expect an acceleration in the market uses and exploitation of double layer capacitors, from new automotive stop-start systems to uninterruptable power supplies.”

“This could be a breakthrough for electrode technology that will reap dividends for the designers of electrical components and the drivers of vehicles alike,” Istvan said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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