Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality, due to a joint UNSW-University of Queensland project to further develop technology by battery energy storage firm Printed Energy and bring it to market.
Backed by the energy innovator and philanthropist Trevor St Baker, founder of ERM Power and creator of the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund, Printed Energy is a Brisbane company with patented technologies in printing batteries and photovoltaics and a laboratory in Arizona focused on energy storage and materials science.
The $12 million project received a grant from the Cooperative Research Centres Projects scheme of $2 million, announced today by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, that will allow the partners “including Sunset Power International and Sonovia Holdings“ to accelerate the technology.
Printed Energy™ solid state batteries are a thin, flexible format “printed in a roll-to-roll process like a newspaper“ that can be adapted to almost any shape. They have potential applications in powering everything from disposable medical devices, smart cards and wearable electronics to large-scale solar panels and energy storage.