New battery tech to be added to welfare units

By Leila Steed07 September 2022

Energy storage specialist LiNa Energy and site equipment provider Garic have partnered up to explore the use of solid-state sodium battery technology in temporary accommodation units.

Gene Lewis (LiNa CEO) and Mark Albiston (Garic CEO) shake hands in front of Hybrid Welfare Van (l to R) Lina Energy CEO Gene Lewis and Mark Albiston, CEO of Garic, agree a collaboration deal that aims to help reduce emissions. (Photo: LiNa Energy)

The two United Kingdom-based companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a feasibility study, that will see them incorporate LiNa’s battery cells and modules into Garic’s Eco Line of welfare units.

Mark Albiston, CEO of Garic, said: “Sustainability and driving new eco innovations is part of our DNA so we’re pleased to be forging this partnership with LiNa, an expert innovator in their own field.

“Their values are closely aligned to our own and with the direction our company, and the whole industry is travelling, this is a really exciting opportunity to make a big difference.”

As part of the feasibility study, LiNa and Garic will co-test, demonstrate and trial the power technology in the temporary welfare units, to validate the solution’s future-shaping potential and commercial viability.

According to LiNa, their collaboration is also a way in which both firms can contribute to the decarbonisation of the construction sector.

“The deployment of LiNa Energy’s sodium-based batteries can support construction in reaching its net-zero goals, a challenging task given the industry’s multi-faceted nature,” the company said.

“Free from harmful materials such as lithium and cobalt, the solution offers a cleaner, safer and lower cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries.”

Mark Albiston, CEO of Garic, added: “Sustainability and driving new eco innovations is part of our DNA so we’re pleased to be forging this partnership with LiNa, an expert innovator in their own field.

“Their values are closely aligned to our own and with the direction our company, and the whole industry is travelling, this is a really exciting opportunity to make a big difference.”

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