Lučenec centre to produce batteries for trucks

A new innovation centre should emerge to keep young talents at home too.

(Source: SME)

The central Slovak town of Lučenec should become a home to a new innovation centre, housed in the former National Bank of Slovakia building.

The Innovation Develpment Centre (CRI) will be constructed before the end of this year, Deputy PM for investment Richard Raši reported after last week's government session in the region. The cabinet assigned €140,000 for the project.

The centre should embrace "innovations, startups, and all innovative ideas that emerge in this district", Raši said as quoted by the TASR newswire.

At the same time, a centre for the research and development of batteries for trucks should be established in Lučenec. It is a project of the CRI non-governmental organisation and the Slovak Academy of Sciences and other research institutions.

"It is basically a metal-air technology, a successor of common lithium batteries," Daniel Kojnok of CRI said as quoted by TASR. The basic research should take place in the first two years, and in the third year of the centre's existence they want to carry out applied research. In the fourth year, they hope to be selling the batteries developed in Lučenec.

The local authorities hope the project will help stop brain drain from the region.

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