The first laboratory for testing batteries for electric cars in Brazil will be installed on the Campus of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro), in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro. There are already 57 high-tech laboratories at the site.
The project is developed in partnership with the private sector and will feature tracked and calibrated equipment, which will ensure more safety and better performance for the batteries of electric vehicles.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the start of the project was signed this week, in Brasília, by representatives of Inmetro, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and a product certification company.
The president of Inmetro, Marcos Heleno Guerson, emphasizes that the participation of the private sector in innovation policies is essential for the growth of Brazil and that this partnership is a milestone for the institution. “It is a moment of transformation of the Institute itself, of modernization of Inmetro, it is the construction of Inmetro 4.0. More and more, it strengthens itself as a provider of tools and solutions to support the productive sector rather than developing solutions itself. We want to deliver these tools so that the sector can really take off in the country and that the economy can be increasingly vigorous,” said Guerson.
In addition to providing space on the Laboratories Campus, Inmetro will train specialists to maintain traceability, develop requirements and accreditation program and support national or regional standardization, in alignment with the ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards) and IAAC (Cooperation Inter-American Accreditation).
The Specialized Laboratories in Electro-electronics, Calibration and Testing (Labelo) at PUCRS will manage the fund raised, build a laboratory and purchase equipment.
The PCN product certification body will bridge the gap with potential investors, provide support for standardization and develop a certification scheme based on flows already adopted around the world.
The forecast is that the laboratory for testing technological batteries will open in 2023. The idea is that the laboratory can help boost the national electric and hybrid car industry. With the initiative, Brazil will also be able to export technology and knowledge to neighboring countries. “Inmetro is going to work on an infrastructure so that it can add quality to the product”, concluded the president of the Institute.
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