It is not true that the Ministry of Science participated in the development of the niobium battery

A video has been circulating on WhatsApp broadcasts in which Federal Representative Carla Zampelli (PSL-SP) claims that the world’s first niobium battery is made with Brazilian technology. In the recording, the deputy introduces three men, he says, who are the drummers. He then congratulates the trio on the initiative and, in the end, says that the creation of the team 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. See verification work below:

“Hi guys, how are you? I am here with Ricardo, Leonardo and Ruggiero, the creators of the first niobium battery. 6 minutes of recharging, it can have a range of 300 km, a useful life 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. “

Video content circulating on WhatsApp broadcasts


The information analyzed by forget It’s false. Although a niobium-based battery is being developed, the technology is not entirely Brazilian. Contrary to what deputy Carla Zambelli said in the video, the initiative did not have or received any contribution from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation or the federal government. NS The development of this team is the result of a partnership that began in 2018For this reason, it accepted the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), between the Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), a private company, and the Japanese company Toshiba. The three CEOs featured in the images are from CBMM. At that time, they participated in The first Brazilian exhibition of niobium, held in Campinas at the beginning of 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.

to The CBMM press office reported that there is no interference from the Ministry Or the Brazilian government in both projects: Toshiba and VWCO. By email, the The automaker also confirmed that the association does not have government funding. to 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 presentation. The press office of the file even reported that it was investigating internally, but until this check was published, it had not sent a response.

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

I and The partnership between VWCO and CBMM aims to develop and apply technology which has been developed over several years. The agreement between these two Brazilian companies did not involve or mediate the government. the The automaker’s press office said 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 It concentrates most of the niobium. of the planet.

wanted for forgetCongresswoman Carla Zampelli did not respond until this check was mailed.

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Edited by: Mauricio Moraes

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