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# We verified: It is not true that the Ministry of Science participated in the development of the niobium battery

# We verified: It is not true that the Ministry of Science participated in the development of the niobium battery

A video has been circulating in WhatsApp streams in which Federal Representative Carla Zampelli (PSL-SP) claims that the world’s first niobium battery is made using Brazilian technology. In the recording, the deputy introduces three men, she says, who are the drummers. Then he congratulates the trio on the initiative and, in the end, says that the creation of the equipment is a work that is being carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. by Whatsapp, readers forget Suggest that this content be analyzed. Check out the verification work below:

“Hi guys, how are you? I’m here with Ricardo, Leonardo and Ruggiero, the creators of the first niobium battery. 6 minutes of recharge, can have a range of 300 km, and a lifespan of 15 years. It is the first in the world made with Brazilian technology. I wanted to congratulate you. Congratulations. The Ministry of Science and Technology is working with them.”

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The information analyzed by forget It is false. Although a niobium-based battery is under development, the technology is not entirely Brazilian. Contrary to what Rep. Carla Zambelli says in the video, the initiative has not been and has not been shared by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation or the federal government. NS The development of this equipment is the result of a partnership that started in 2018, so he accepted the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro (without party), between Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), a private company, and Japan’s Toshiba. The three CEOs featured in the footage are from CBMM. At that time, they participated in The first Brazilian niobium exhibition, held in Campinas in early October.

In September 2021, CBMM established a new partnership, this time with Volkswagen Trucks and Buses (VWCO)The automaker is the first in the world to test batteries produced with Toshiba.

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a The press office of CBMM informed that there is no interference by the Ministry Or the Brazilian government in both projects – Toshiba and VWCO. By e-mail, the The automaker also confirmed that the partnership does not have any government funding. a forget I contacted the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation on October 15 to see if there was any support and how the ministry has been working with these initiatives, the parliamentarian mentioned in the filing. The file’s press office even reported that it was investigating internally, but until this check was published, it had not sent a response.

The agreement was signed between Brazil’s CBMM and Japan’s Toshiba in June 2018. 7.2 million US dollars were invested to build a pilot production line. Over the past three years, specialists from both companies have been involved in the development of batteries using lithium, niobium and titanium. According to CBMM, this type of battery is safer, more durable and can be quickly recharged.

me and The partnership between VWCO and CBMM aims to develop and apply technology which has been developed for several years. The agreement between these two Brazilian companies had no government involvement or mediation. The The automaker’s press office indicated that nothing has been released yet. The cooperation agreement was signed in September and the next steps will be to receive the batteries and install them in a prototype. The first tests are scheduled for 2022.

NS Niobium is a metal with many industrial applications. She is often praised by President Bolsonaro. Brazil is the country that Concentrates most of the niobium from the planet.

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wanted by forgetCongresswoman Carla Zampelli did not respond until this check was posted.

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Edited by: Mauricio Moraes