Practical, affordable solutions for energy storage
About the department
The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) is a private university with a strong commitment to social welfare and a record of introducing innovative programs that spans its 80-year history. The recently-launched Department of Nanotechnology Engineering is the first program of its kind in all of South America.
Impact on development
By searching for alternative sources of portable energy, the department is working to reverse the current practice of storing energy in single-use batteries, which contributes to environmental and political instability as well as unsafe working conditions for hundreds of thousands each year.
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Why Seeding Labs?
The Department of Nanotechnology Engineering was created to tackle issues facing Colombia like access to clean energy, safe food packaging, clean water, and sustainable mining. UPB needs equipment to establish a dedicated lab for energy storage research, in part to help bring power to 50% of Colombian territory currently off the nation’s electrical power grid.
Did you know?
This is the first Instrumental Access shipment to Colombia
As a nanoscientist specializing in energy delivery, Esteban Garcίa-Tamayo, PhD, believes that the byproducts of this process may be essential for the future of sustainable energy storage.