Reporter 437, 24 May 1999

ULIS charges on

Minister for State for Energy and Industry, John Battle MP, visited the University on May 7 to check on research producing the next generation of batteries.

ULIS company Gelectrix is developing batteries, using a unique polymer gel, which are lighter, safer and more powerful. The Government first recognised the potential of the research when it awarded Gelectrix a SMART grant for a feasibility study in 1996 and a second award has subsequently helped its commercial development. The first of the new batteries is expected to be on sale next year.

Professor Ian Ward (left) shows John Battle MP the battery of the future

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