August 25, 2008: The new N_charge technology platform, developed by Nanogate AG, enables the low-cost storage of electric charges in different underlying media, such as glass, textiles, and plastics.
The charge is permanent and encompasses flexible, transparent, and printable applications, which opens up numerous possibilities, primarily in the area of energy efficiency and industrial applications – e.g., provide functional textiles with a permanent electrostatic charge, boosting their effectiveness as a filtration or separation medium.
Specific potential applications, particularly in the area of particulate filtration, have already been demonstrated. In addition, through a combination of existing properties, it is conceivable that the technology platform can be used for the low-cost construction of large, efficient energy storage devices. The technology can also be used in the area of acoustic membranes.
“With N_charge we have developed an exciting approach to the creation of storage layers, which will enable us to tap into new, high-potential application areas,” said Holger Zytur, who is responsible for functional textiles at Nanogate.
“In recent months we have succeeded in transferring technology from the laboratory to industrial-scale applications and in empirically verifying our results with selected industrial partners,” added Nanogate CEO Ralf Zastrau. “During the fourth quarter, we expect to be able to present to the public the first specific products for electrostatic systems and future-oriented filtration.”