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Australian Battery Technology May Power International Drones

International battery manufacturers seeking to extend flight times for airborne drones are keen to test battery-boosting systems from Sunshine Coast based nanotechnology start-up Nano-Nouvelle – an outfit backed by Tesla driver, former NBN director and current home battery investor Simon Hackett.

Nano-Nouvelle has developed a 3D nano-porous conductive membrane claimed to boost the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries by as much as 50 per cent.

According to a media release, it has this year received inquiries from companies based in Israel, the US and Korea about how its technology can assist to improve batteries used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), these days better known as drones.

Says Nano-Nouvelle CEO Stephanie Moroz: “Drones are a big deal at the moment, with a lot of growth in that market. Limited battery life is a huge pain point that is seen as a major competitive advantage for whoever solves that problem.”

Nano-Nouvelle last year closed a $3.7 million financing round, which saw Adelaide-based existing investor Terra Rossa Capital joined by Hackett and private investor Bradley Maguire.

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