Swiss technology start-up Morand has launched an energy storage technology, Morand eTechnology, designed to recharge a city car quickly.
The hybrid system combines the characteristics of an ultracapacitor with that of a chemical battery to create a durable and ultra-fast energy pack that can be usefully recharged in seconds.
Morand eTechnology is ideal for applications that require fast, semi-frequent charges of about five minutes or less.
The eTechnology packs use hybrid ultracapacitors (HUC) cells from Sech SA as part of an exclusive partnership.
These cells are used in combination with advanced controllers to safely achieve eTechnology’s high levels of performance.
Independent testing by Geo Technology has demonstrated the ability of Morand eTechnology to recharge a 7.2kWh test unit in 120 s (98% charging) at up to 900A/ 360kW.
Unlike conventional lithium-ion battery packs, eTechnology has significantly less reliance on materials like lithium and cobalt.
While some lithium is used, it is primarily comprised of aluminium, graphene and carbon.
As the design and engineering office behind the technology, Morand is working with a production partner to manufacture the units.
Benoît Morand, founder and managing director, said, “This is an incredible breakthrough in energy storage systems that has the potential to revolutionise multiple industries and greatly advance a number of mobility businesses.
“With much faster recharging, new possibilities are opened across the spectrum of transport, devices and activities.
“I believe that eTechnology will soon find extensive adoption as the go-to solution for certain applications. With extreme durability and astonishingly fast charge times, our patented eTechnology has a vast number of possible applications.”