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Prysmian to test nanotechnology in power grid applications

Italian cable maker Prysmian has signed an agreement aimed at testing the use of nanotechnology in power applications.

The technology co-operation agreement with US-based carbon nanotube products maker Nanocomp Technologies specifies co-operation on testing nanotechnologies in power transmission and distribution, telecom networks and control and instrumentation applications.

The goal is to fit nanotechnologies to cable systems for power grids, telecom networks and industrial applications, the companies said in a statement.

At a later stage of the project, the firms said they would decide whether to begin large-scale production of products and technologies arising from their collaboration.

According to the companies, Nanocomp’s carbon nanotube (pictured) offers “high potential” for use in power grids due to its mechanical resistance, low weight, chemical inertness, very high degree of flexibility and electrical and heat conductivity.

In its press statement, Prysmian said the agreement “confirms its focus on ࢀ¦ new technologies and materials, enabling ground-breaking achievements in rapidly expanding market segments.”