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Strategic powers ahead with self-charging battery tech

Strategic Elements has successfully upscaled the manufacturing of its self-charging, printable battery ink to one-litre batches with the capacity to produce 2,000 battery cells. The next milestone in the development of the technology will be the fabrication of a prototype battery pack, due for completion early in the new year, with multiple connected battery ink cells set to deliver 3.7 volts of power.

Strategic Elements has been collaborating with the University of NSW to fast track the development of the technology and has delivered on its promise to complete the up-scaling of production to the 1-litre mark of printable battery ink in record time.

The market appears to have liked what it saw with the Strategic share price jumping 12 per cent in early trade on news the company had fabricated five battery ink cells from the new batch of ink.

The Perth-based, ASX-listed and tax-efficient pooled development fund said it had successfully harvested energy from humidity in the air and generated a minimum of 0.8 volts of power over a testing period of two hours.

Almost unbelievably, this energy output came from a cell one centimetre in size and 10-20 microns in thickness, a layer of ink film which is thinner than a human hair.

Re-charging of the cell was also very fast, clocking in at just three minutes and showing comparable performance to the original, smaller scale batch of ink.

Whilst Strategic is pushing the green credentials of its Battery Ink Cells, it also lays claim to a number of competitive advantages its ink cells offer over existing lithium-based battery tech including size, rigidness, weight, flammable safety, environmental footprint and most importantly, battery re-charge and replacement.

In a technological breakthrough which continues to boggle the mind, Strategic looks to be on track to perfecting wafer-thin battery cells capable of generating electricity from humidity in the air, or on the skin.

After pretty much blowing existing battery tech out of the water, Strategic is now talking up the potential for its battery ink tech to create electronic skin patches capable of sensing and communicating vital information about the human body.

With the human body known to produce humidity levels up to 90 per cent, tests done by Strategic showed its battery cells could operate at 65-85 per cent humidity and deliver 0.8 volts over the test period, without any degradation.

The company claims wearable products attached to the body for cosmetic and medical monitoring was a US$10 billion business last year, with a potential target market of US$40 billion by 2030.

The big question everyone will be asking from the company’s humble beaker of battery ink is just how big the market will be amongst the Internet of things.

The stuff of science fiction is fast becoming the new normal with the next episode due out early in the new year.

Is your ASX listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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