Swiss building materials company Holcim is partnering with Magment to improve and develop the German startup’s magnetisable concrete technology for road surfaces which enables electric vehicles (EVs) to recharge wirelessly while in motion.
‘Inductive charging’ is made possible by a unique concrete with high magnetic permeability, which was jointly developed by Holcim and Magment’s R&D teams.
The solution aims to reduce the need for EV charging stations and is currently being tested by Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, US.
Other applications under development include the electrification of industrial floors to recharge robots and forklifts as they work.
Edelio Bermejo, Head of Holcim’s Global Innovation Center, said: “With Magment, we are excited to be developing concrete solutions to accelerate electric mobility.
“Partnering with start-ups all over the world we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to lead the way in sustainability.”
Mauricio Esguerra, Co-Founder & CEO of Magment GmbH, added: “We are proud to collaborate with a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions like Holcim.
“By developing superior grades of our magnetisable concrete technology we will be a key enabler for the sustainable, electric transportation of the future.”
As part of its open innovation ecosystem led by Holcim MAQER and the Holcim Innovation Center, Holcim works with more than 120 innovative startups around the world pioneering new technologies to accelerate the world’s transition to net zero.
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