A team of Egyptian researchers at the Egyptian Centre for the Development of Metals has succeeded in producing prototypes of lithium batteries, analogous to commercial batteries, with local components exceeding 50 percent for the first time, stated Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The researchers are specialists on assembling lithium batteries and capacitors.
Emad Owais, chairman of the Egyptian centre, said the lithium batteries were produced within the framework of the 2030 sustainable development plan to support domestic production and reduce foreign imports.
According to the centre, Egypt annually imports more than 300 tons of lithium batteries and capacitors for electronic devices and medical equipment, and over 20,000 tons of lead-acid batteries used in cars, in addition to various industrial applications.
These batteries cost Egypt over $100 million on a yearly basis. This cost is expected to double in the next five years as Egypt tries to progress towards digital transformation, artificial intelligence, e-applications,
The new batteries would also help Egypt in its efforts to expand the use of tablets in the education process, and also establish much-needed storage units for solar and wind energy.
The Egyptian centre is bound for setting up a specialised unit for assembling and manufacturing batteries, capacitors and energy storage systems, Owais said.
He pointed that the centre aims to dedicate this unit to training company employees and providing them with technical support.