Mora will receive the world’s first factory to integrate solar panels and batteries
Mora gets the new factory for flexible photovoltaic solar modules and high-temperature lithium batteries in Beja. In fact, it will be the first in the world to combine these two technologies.
The novelty is developed by the responsible group that intends to sell on the national and international market.
A combination of technologies first introduced in Portugal
The Portuguese Lux Group took place in the presence of the Minister for Environment and Climate Protection, João Pedro Mattos Fernández. Energy Optimeyes signed a lease and memorandum of understanding with Camara de Mora for the previous company, Mora Fabrica Solar (MFS) to implement the project. The company, which has been closed since 2019, will be the new manufacturer of flexible PV modules and high-temperature lithium batteries.
According to one of the promoters, Miguel Matias, the aim of this group is to create “new hybrid products” that will be sold “in many places” from the national market to foreign countries. The co-founder and one of the CEOs of Lux Optimeyes Energy again emphasized that the production mix of the two technologies is innovative and the way forward.
We think this is the right way to use renewable energy sources.
“With the solar panel equipped with the battery, you can expand the use considerably,” said the co-founder.
A “special technique” for non-traditional panels
“With humanitarian aid, the unit will produce flexible photovoltaic modules and high-temperature lithium batteries with an initial investment of around five million euros,” said Lusa. According to Miguel Matias, the production is not aimed at the conventional panels, but at the assembly line in the flexible solar sector using “proprietary technology”.
In other words: “A flexible card that enables applications in many places that a conventional card cannot”. In addition, it is lighter, more efficient and allows different configurations and uses. The latter is still being investigated, but can be used to cover buses, mobile homes, golf carts, or much simpler things like a park bench with a “miniature lamp”, for example.
In perspective, the organizer expects the unit’s first products to appear within about a year. Although lithium cells for batteries must be purchased overseas, the company intends to eventually be able to manufacture this component.
Another assembly line in the facility will be dedicated to high-temperature lithium batteries, according to Lusa, which are “large-scale and adapted to countries with warmer climates”.
Projections suggest that “around 40 to 50” jobs will be created initially. Although it is a more automated unit, Lux Optimeyes Energy intends to save many people who were employed in the previous unit and already have the knowledge and training in this area.