ZapGo Ltd (Zap&Go) has been awarded a grant worth €1.43m to enhance the cordless prototype tools it has already developed, powered by its fast-charging cells.
They will then be commercialised by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the expanding cordless sector.
Stephen Voller, founder and CEO, said: “In contrast to lithium-ion batteries, our carbon-ion cells charge in five minutes or less and are proven to be safe to handle with fire risk.
“It is an honour to be one of the small percentage of organisations to have been selected for funding by the Horizon 2020 programme and we look forward to pursuing the development programme described in our grant proposal.”
In a self-funded feasibility study, Zap&Go established consumers’ interest in cordless tools employing its technology, and has received commitments from major OEMs in joint development agreements.
Zap&Go intends to further develop its power modules and electronics, integrating them with cordless tools such as vacuum cleaners and power drills, then to build units to conduct customer trials.